Season’s greetings to all
Here is a round-up of information and news for DECEMBER.
We are focussing on support for mental health this month I hope which we hope you will find useful and of interest.
Adult Autism Support Hub – now open
The aim of the new service is to develop and deliver provision offering support to autistic people aged 16 and above, and their (informal) carers and families.
People will be provided with information, advice and opportunities to connect with community groups and support in a welcoming and safe environment. What we can help with:
- Benefits Support
- Confidence Building
- Understanding and information around diagnosis support
- Finding out what is happening within Sheffield to support with other avenues or support and/or social opportunities
- Employment Support
- Family Support
- Mental health advice/signposting
- Peer Support
Opening Hours: Monday, 10am-2pm, Tuesday, 5.30pm-8.30pm (Virtual support), Wednesday,10am-2pm, Sunday, 5pm-8.30pm (Virtual support)
Address: MHM Building, 44 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS (Monday & Wednesday only)*
Who can access this service: Anyone 16+ can access this service
Referral criteria: People can self-refer
Support available: One to One and Group support via phone calls, face to face appointments, online video consultation and email.
Get in touch: 07811 589 909 | email@example.com
Sheffield Parent Carer Forum Information sessions
Transition subgroup meeting
WHEN: 10am til 12 pm Tuesday 13 December
WHERE: St Mary’s Church and Community Centre,
Introduction to demand avoidant behaviour
WHEN: 7pm – 9pm Wednesday 20 December
For full information and to book please click on the link Events | Sheffield Parent Carer Forum
Focus on mental health
Sheffield Flourish is a charity that works collaboratively on innovative digital and community projects, recognising the untapped strengths of people who’ve experienced mental health challenges. They also run a variety of groups from gardening to football to drama to arts. See here for details: https://sheffieldflourish.co.uk/our-groups/group-weekly-schedule-2023
Website is at
Sheffield Mental Health Guide
The Sheffield Mental Health Guide offers a clear, simple, and trusted guide to services across the city. Packed full of useful information about local and national services.
Sheffield Support Hub
What can you expect from us?
The Sheffield Support Hub offers free mental health support in a welcoming, comfortable, non-judgmental, and non-clinical environment.
Our experienced staff team is available to provide emotional, social and practical support if you are in crisis or feel you are heading toward a crisis situation.
Phone: 07890 987 384
Sheffield Talking Therapies
Sheffield Talking Therapies is an NHS service. It provides free psychological therapies for adults suffering from mild to moderate depression and anxiety or stress.
To access any of the Sheffield Talking Therapies services you can get a referral from your GP, but you can self-refer by phoning 0114 226 4380 or fill in a referral form on their website. They will then arrange for you to have a short assessment to agree the best support option for you. This could be one-to-one talking therapy with a practitioner, an online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) programme called SilverCloud or joining a course with others. There are also self-help guides too in both leaflet and audio, suggested apps and signposting to other helpful organisations.
Get Involved Adults
For autistic adults 18+ only – will meet online over Zoom on the following date from 7pm until 8.30pm: Wednesday 13 December everyone welcome – new members too! This is a Sheffield Autistic Society group and meets on the second Wednesday of the month,
Please contact Helen for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the joining details if you wish to come along. See attached for group guidelines which set out what to expect at the meetings which are friendly and supportive.
We are a group of adults on the autistic spectrum who meet socially on a regular basis either just to enjoy ourselves or to learn something new or to improve our physical or mental health. Some of us are parents, some work for local employers or are self-employed, others engage in volunteering and other forms of work experience and others still are studying.
We have a number of regular activities which include a monthly meeting at a friendly city centre pub, a monthly walk in the area, a monthly art/craft event, a fortnightly snooker club and a monthly online social group. We send out a weekly newsletter to members about activities that are coming up and wider events in Sheffield.
For details of how to join please see https://sheffield-aspergers.org.uk/a-team-social-group/
WAND is an Autistic Women’s Network that is being established in Sheffield. If you are interested in joining the network please contact Sylvia Johnson email@example.com
and she can give you more information and sign you up.
ACCTing Out is a social group for young autistic adults aged 18 and above. We run fortnightly activities normally on Tuesday evenings, to places like the cinema, to play pool, go for a meal, and more. The group runs supportive social opportunities that help young adults to get out of the house and participate in activities with friends and peers. The group aims to help boost the confidence and self-esteem of young adults, have a positive impact on mental health and build social, communication and life skills. Each ACCTing Out activity is led and supported by ACCT staff and volunteers.
For details of how to join please see https://acctsheffield.org.uk/accting-out/
Face to face meetings upstairs at the NHS Walk In Centre on 75 Broad Lane, Sheffield, S1 3PB. Second Wednesday of every month 6pm to 7.30pm.
For more details contact: ADHDPEERSSHEFFIELD@GMAIL.COM
An autism friendly session takes place on Sundays between 3.45pm – 4.30pm: Autism/Sensory Swim. Please see website for details of pricing and booking https://www.sheffieldcitytrust.org/venues/concord-sports-centre
A social meet up for neurodiverse/disabled members of the LGBTQ+ community. Email Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Peer Support Service was created in response to feedback from parents of children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Sheffield. Feedback clearly showed that there is a lack of support both before and after a child receives a diagnosis. Although the funding for the project has a focus on autism and other neurodevelopmental needs, our service is available for ALL families, with or without a diagnosis. We will continue to work closely with families in Sheffield, listening to their ideas and concerns, using these to shape the service going forward.
If you would like a 1-1 appointment, please call our main number 0300 321 4721 and select option 1 for our Peer Support Service. Alternatively, please email email@example.com
Family Support Groups
We are a support group for parents and family members of children of all ages, with Autism Spectrum Conditions based in north Sheffield. We meet weekly to offer support, understanding, advice and friendship to each other (during term time). We have in person meetings with a cuppa, cake and chat and also zoom meetings if you can’t make it in person. We have regular guest speakers from organisations that can help and signpost to other services.
We run a wide range of in-person and online activity groups for autistic children and young people, parent-carers and whole family activities. We run several sessions each week, including multi-activity groups and specialist sessions focused on particular activities that children and young people attending ACCT has asked us to run.
Our regular activities currently include:
Places at Acctivate and Teenage Club are available through referral by contacting Sheffield City Council. All other activities are available directly from ACCT. Join ACCT as a member (it’s free), then contact us to book a place. More information about referrals and joining ACCT available here https://acctsheffield.org.uk/about/
Sparkle Sheffield is a local registered charity that supports children and young people from birth to 25 with Autism Spectrum Conditions and other social communication difficulties. Founded and run by parents who have autistic children, we understand what life is like and how we can work together to improve our children’s and our family’s life. Sparkle Sheffield exists to support families with autistic children meet the challenges they face, feel less isolated, less frightened and more empowered. Autism affects individuals and their families in a wide variety of ways and the approach we use recognises these individualities.
Sparkle Sheffield aim to support and help individuals and families by providing:
Most importantly – we have lots of fun in the process! https://sparklesheffield.co.uk/
There are various sessions available, which run in both the daytime and evenings covering topics such as:
Details are at https://sheffieldsendias.org.uk/training-and-events
Sheffield City Council Community Youth Services run the following youth clubs for young people aged 13 to 25 years with special educational needs and/or disabilities:
Just turn up to your chosen club and a Youth Worker will help you to complete the registration form. For further information contact Community Youth Services on 0114 2057450 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for Carers
Working in Partnership for Better Services
- What is the Sheffield Autism Partnership Board?
Sheffield’s Autism Partnership Board (APB) currently meets each month to improve the provision of services and support for autistic children, adults, their families and carers in Sheffield, including young autistic persons in transition to adulthood. Members include representatives from Sheffield City Council and local NHS bodies, community and voluntary sector organisations and services; autistic adults, their parents, carers and family members, professionals and other relevant organisations and individuals.
From next year the APB will change structure to be more streamlined and to ensure a good representation across all parties. It will have several working groups that will feed into the APB meetings which will then meet every two months.
You can read more about the work of the APB on our website here https://sheffieldautisticsociety.org.uk/partnership/
- Sheffield Autism Partnership Network (SAPN)
The Sheffield Autism Partnership Network is a Sheffield based consortium focusing on improving the lives of Autistic people and their families in our city.
It is a network of organisations (voluntary, community, public, private and statutory), Autistic individuals and their support systems (parents, carers, friends, partners, etc) who work with Autistic people, their families and carers. For information about the network, its member organisations and how they can help you and your support system see the website: https://sapn.org.uk
Best wishes www.sheffieldautisticsociety.org.uk