Covid19 – News on restrictions, permissions, support & other information

Please forgive the less than ideal organisation of the many items in the page below. Information is coming in to us regularly and items are being added all the time. The information includes:

From Sheffield City Council: Sheffield ‘Tier 3’ category rules and restrictions from 24th October:

For links to all government guidance and support in connection with Covid-19 including guidance on the new 3 tier alert levels from 14th October see this page:

Local COVID alert levels: what you need to know
Information on local COVID alert levels, including what they mean, why they are being introduced and what the different levels are. Published 12th October:

Easy read government guide to the new rules (from 14th October)
Spreading the News 14Oct2020
For more easy read and explanatory material on coronavirus, government advice etc see lower down this page

Sheffield City Council Changes to Services / Support for People

Key public safety information to help support Sheffield’s various communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s all free to use and supplied in various languages and formats:

The full text of the government’s Recovery Strategy, published 11th May, can be downloaded here:

 Information about face covering
Government Guidance (Updated 23rd July) : Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own

For advice on exemptions from the NHS and printable exemption cards download: mask exemption cards

Some suggestions about choosing masks from ‘Autism Wellbeing’. See here (PDF): Choosing masks

See also our News item of 21st June

Hospital Visiting (from the NHS):
An immediate family member or carer – will be permitted to visit if you are supporting someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism, where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed.

See full statement here: Visitor-Guidance_8-April-2020
(NB Sheffield health authorities say, please check with the specific ward  before you visit.)

Preparing a Covid19 Hospital Communication Passport and Supporting Resources
for children and adults with special needs:

NHS COVID-19 ‘Grab and Go’ Hospital Passport
A quick form for people with a learning disability and / or autism to complete if they need to go to hospital. Ideally it should accompany the complete hospital passport (see item above): C0381_NHS Covid-19 Grab and Go LDA Form

‘Coping with COVID’ for people struggling with their mental health during Coronavirus
Sheffield Health and Social Care have a phone line and are providing an online course ‘Coping with COVID’ for people struggling with their mental health during Coronavirus. These services are available to anyone, you do not have to have accessed mental health services in the past:

National Autistic Society Guidance and Top Tips
The NAS’s latest guidance on coronavirus and some handy top tips for dealing with its impact:

See also

The Government’s Plan to Support the Social Care System (16 April 2020):
A commentary by the National Autistic Society

Sheffield Carers Centre – Update on Services for Carers
see PDF : Update from the Carers Centre

Sheffield Carers Outreach Project Virtual Carers Groups
Sheffield Carers Outreach Project are offering a number of Virtual Carers Groups,  starting this week (28th April).
These groups are for both adults with LDs and/ or autism and their carer/ parent.
See the posters on this page
and to find  out more please e-mail the Carers Outreach Team at:

Covid-19: Supporting autistic people and people with learning disabilities
Guides from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) for families and professionals supporting autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Disability Sheffield
Support from Disability Sheffield during Covid-19 Crisis

Coronavirus – Easy Read Guides from the UK Government
Spreading the news – Update May 2020
Social Housing and Coronavirus

Easy read posters and other easy read resources on the government’s latest rules and guidance on coronavirus
From On face masks, government’s rules May to June, shielding, testing and other issues, including editable posters:

Coronavirus A Book for Children
by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler
You can download the free book here:

Ideas, activities, resources during the lockdown
mainly – but not only – for people with a learning disability and their families, from the internet: see this page

See also Sheffield Carers Outreach Project Virtual Carers Groups above

RNIB Bookshare
Interesting for organisations and parents  of learners with a print disability. Accessible textbooks and resources for learners with sight loss, dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and qualifying physical disabilities. “RNIB Bookshare UK education collection provides textbooks and materials to support the UK curriculum. We offer a range of accessible formats that can be read electronically or adapted to suit the personal reading needs of learners. We now have 545,905 titles with more being added all the time!” See 

Be alert to Coronavirus Scams and Fraud
(Courtesy of Triodos Bank):—retail


Job Vacancies

NHS England and NHS Improvement – North East and Yorkshire
are looking to recruit a Learning Disability and Autism Network Manager. For details see:

Sheffield United Football Club
“We are currently advertising for a Disability Support Officer post at SUFC. More details about the vacancy can be found on the Club website here: Would it be at all possible for you to circulate the vacancy amongst any contacts or onto any persons that you think might be interested in applying. It is a really exciting opportunity and we are looking for a candidate who is really passionate about the role and in making the Club more accessible for all. In the meantime if you would like more information about the role then please feel free to contact me. Thank you.”
Liz McGrael
Equality Diversity and Inclusion Manager
Sheffield United FC
Bramall Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S2 4SU.
Please note my usual working days are Wednesday and Thursday


Consultation on Sheffield Adult Social Care Review

Sheffield City Council are having a consultation on the Adult Social Care review/strategy, this commences on Monday 28th Sept 2020 via Citizenspace.

By you taking part in this review it will help us to improve our adult social care in Sheffield.

We want to make sure Sheffield is a city for all ages, where everyone can get the right support to help them live the kind of life they want to live.

We want to hear from as many people as possible, and we want local people to help us design how things will look in the future.

Why do we need you?

We don’t have all the answers. We need your wisdom, experience, and knowledge to help design our services in future. We want you to challenge our thinking, help look for solutions and really make adult social care in Sheffield the best it can be.

For more information download our

Fighting for Your Rights to Support in Lockdown – from the NAS

A statement by the National Autistic Society:
“What we’re doing during the coronavirus crisis to safeguard your rights.”

Also from the NAS -Tips for Autistic People and Families

New Virtual Groups starting October – Carers Outreach Project

Two new virtual groups are starting in October, see posters below.

Organised and hosted by the Carers Outreach Project, Sheffield Mencap and Gateway.

  • A FUN and INCLUSIVE virtual Christmas choir.
  • A monthly virtual Coffee Mornings, meet new people and listen to relevant guest speakers.

Both groups adults with learning disabilities and autism and their carers across Sheffield.For more information and to collect your ZOOM code please contact the Carers Outreach Project Workers:
Katie: 07447 391437 / Ellie 07735 316347

Or visit:




Workshops on Support for Family Carers to make Plans for the Future.

Forwarded from the SAPAG Group, Sheffield:

Learning Disability England in partnership with Together Matters are running two workshops on support for family carers to make plans for the future. It would be great if you could share them with anyone who would be interested!

Session 1: 22nd September 10am

Session 1 will be an introduction to planning for the future based on the Thinking Ahead guides going through the different parts of the jigsaw that help families to have conversations and take steps in the areas important to them as a family.

More info and sign up here

Session 2: 2nd October at 10am

The second workshop will build on the first one with a focus on making a plan for emergencies. It will cover the gathering of essential information and how to begin to develop a network of people who might be able to help out.

more info and sign up to session 2 here.

These workshops will be addressed to family carers of adults with a learning disability and/or autism to introduce ideas to help get started with planning for the future. People who support this group of family carers, including older family carers, and those who commission support for family carers are also welcome.

Many thanks

Rachael Hall
Membership and Engagement Lead
Learning Disability England
JMS Trust

 For all enquiries please ring the office on 0300 111 0444

Autism Plus Employment Support

New FREE Remote Employability support for adults with Autism (South Yorkshire)

If you have autism, live in South Yorkshire and need help to find work, Autism Plus have launched a new free service offering one to one employment support.The sessions are delivered by video call and include an initial phone call to discuss your needs and support you to get online.

If you have any questions or would like to refer yourself or someone else to the service you can contact: or call Emily on 07471996603.

South Yorkshire Autism Fayre 2020

(Forwarded from Sparkle Sheffield and Sheffield NHS CCG)

South Yorkshire Autism Fayre
2020 is online!
Last year Sparkle Sheffield, along with our trading arm of Autism Union, held the South Yorkshire Autism Fayre at Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham. It was a roaring success with over 20 speakers and 40 stands that brought in over 500 members of the public and professionals alike to share knowledge and information, provide services and products to delegates from South Yorkshire and wider afield.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 and it’s ongoing implications, we are unable to host the event in person again this year.

But do not worry – we’re going digital!

The South Yorkshire Autism Fayre 2020 will be completely online – that means everyone across the country (or the world!) can attend the event and listen to the multitude of fantastic speakers that we have lined up for you.
The fayre will take place on the following dates via Zoom sessions:

  • Sunday 13th September
  • Monday 14th September
  • Tuesday 15th September
  • Wednesday 16th September

And a very special Kids Day on Sunday 20th September!

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