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Proposed new Sheffield Autism Drop-In Service: name wanted

From Emma Tomkinson, Mental Health Matters

Hello,
We are proud to announce that Mental Health Matters (MHM) are soon going to be launching a new drop in provision for autistic people in Sheffield but we need your help to decide what this service should be called.

Therefore, we are asking potential clients, friends/family, referral agents, partners and commissioners to have their say and come up with some names. Once the initial names have been collated another survey will be sent for you to choose which name you want our service to be called.

If you would like to contribute towards creating our new service name, please click on the link below to complete a short survey by 11:59 on Sunday 21st May 2023
https://forms.office.com/e/4thZQyMCkK

About the service
The aim is to develop and deliver drop-in provision accessible to, and 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.

We will work closely with other partners and VCSE groups to create the drop in provision and will continue to work with these services to support the delivery of the provision. Further information will be shared once a name has been decided.

Objectives

Autistic people in Sheffield aged 16 and above will:

* Have increased access to services and support in their community (a community hub that would provide a signposting service and a space where other experts could hold more specialist sessions)

* Feel better supported, with more of their individual needs met as a result of accessing the provision

At MHM, we believe in empowering people to put themselves at the centre of their care/support, and in control of their lives.

MHM are passionate about partnership working to support service users to achieve their goals.
For the creation of the drop in provision we are looking to identify what the needs are of individuals and those involved with autistic people to look at what support is best to help all to achieve their goals. Therefore, we will work closely with individuals, partners and other organisations to create a provision that will support all. Further surveys and focus groups will be communicated to understand what the goals of individuals so that we can create a service which will meet as many needs as possible.

We really appreciate your thoughts and look forward to hearing your suggestions for what this exciting, new service should be called

Kind regards

Emma Tomkinson
Area Manager (North West)
Mental Health Matters (MHM)
Website: Mental Health Matters (mhm.org.uk)

Sheffield Autistic Society – May 2023 newsletter

 

Hi Everyone

Welcome to all our new members and thank you to everyone for your support. Here is a round-up of information and news for May which we hope you will find useful and of interest.

Get involved – adults

Adult Autism Peer Support Group (Zoom)

For autistic adults 18+ only – will meet online over Zoom on the following date from 7pm until 8.30pm: Wednesday 10 May 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 helen.purdie@hotmail.co.uk and she will send you the joining details if you wish to come along. See attached Group Online Group guidelines 2023 which set out what to expect at the meetings which are friendly and supportive.

Join the A Team!

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/

ACCTing Out Social Group

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/

Inclusive LGBTQ+ Café

A social meet up for neurodiverse/disabled members of the LGBTQ+ community, alternate Thursdays on Zoom, 3-4pm or at Spirit of Sheffield, 3-5pm. Email Kelly.scargill@disabilitysheffield.org.uk for more information.

Autistic Women’s Network – WAND

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 (s.m.johnson@shu.ac.uk) and she can sign you up. WAND has recently launched an online Forum and Sylvia can explain how to access that.

New Mental Health Drop Hub in Sheffield city centre

A new drop-in Mental Health Support Hub has opened for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis and want support. You can just turn up as there is no need to book. The 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. They also offer help in creating staying well and crisis plans.

They offer support in person, over the phone, or via video call. You can come just for a chat or to access one-to-one support and group sessions with r staff team. Help is available in person, over the phone and via video call. The Hub is on Bank Street S1 2DS and open in the evenings 6pm –12 pm and 2pm -12 pm at weekends. See the attached leaflet.Sheffield Support Hub – A5 Leaflet

Peer support – ADHD Adult Group

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

Autistic friendly swim at Concord Sports Centre

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

Get involved – children and young people

Free information session: Autism and anxiety

It will consist of a presentation on Autism and anxiety, followed by plenty of time for discussion and peer support around any issues on this subject that parent carers would like help with.

There is no charge for the session and no diagnosis is required, all are welcome to attend. Please book your place at https://sheffieldparentcarerforum.org.uk/events/

Monday 15th May 2023 at 10:00am – 11:30am at Primrose Family Centre, 45 Creswick Street, Sheffield, S6 2TN

Sheffield Parent Carer Forum events:

Transition subgroup meeting on 16 May :
This group is for parents of young people aged 14-25 years with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This meeting will have a focus on employment support, and we’ll be joined by representatives from Autism Plus and Opportunity Sheffield to learn more about the support they offer. We are a friendly group and there will be time to chat and swap information with other parents. No need to book, just turn up.

FREE trial session: Craft for children with additional needs on 1 June

This is an opportunity for your child to try out the craft sessions we’ll be running with Ignite Imaginations during the summer holidays. Led by a professional artist, the sessions are aimed at age 7-11 years, but older children who enjoy ‘younger’ activities and non-disabled siblings are welcome, too! Parents must stay for the whole session. Booking essential. Please book via Ignite Imaginations. If you have any queries, call Ignite Imaginations on 0114 2686813 or email enquiries@igniteimaginations.org.uk

To book and for more details: https://sheffieldparentcarerforum.org.uk/events/

Autism Hope Sheffield

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.

Contact Details: Email Address: autismhopesheffield@gmail.com
Facebook: Autism Hope Sheffield
Tel: 07968 984179
Web: https://www.autismhopesheffield.co.uk/

ACCT Sheffield

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:

Acctivate – multi-activity in-person group for autistic 5-12 year-olds held on Saturday mornings (9.45am-12.15pm). Places available through Sheffield City Council’s referral process.
Teenage Club – in-person group for autistic teenagers aged up to 18, held on Wednesday evenings (7-9pm). Places available through Sheffield City Council’s referral process.

ACCT Academy Football Coaching – Friday evenings (6 -7pm) at Goals on Norfolk Park Road. Book a place by contacting ACCT.
Minecraft Club (Online groups) – facilitated by ACCT staff and run through a private server. For any age, every Saturday morning. ACCT has guest logins available for participants who don’t have their own. Book a place by contacting ACCT.

Dungeons and Dragons (Online groups) – facilitated by ACCT staff and run over Zoom. For teenagers and young adults. Every Monday evening or Saturday afternoon. Book a place by contacting ACCT.

Parent-Carer Meetings – ACCT runs fortnightly meetings, on Tuesday evenings, via Zoom, for peer support, information sharing and discussion of topics of interest and importance to parent-carers of autistic children and young people. Book a place by contacting ACCT. We also run workshops and training for parent-carers.

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/

The Peer Support Service for parents/carers

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 peersupport@sheffieldparentcarerforum.org.uk

SSENDIAS information sessions
Sheffield SENDIAS (Sheffield SEND Information and Advice Service) offer free online information sessions. These are for parents and carers of young people aged 0-25 with SEND. The sessions answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

There are various sessions available, which run in both the daytime and evenings covering topics such as:

– What is an EHC Needs Assessment
– SEN Support in Schools
– Checking a Draft EHC Plan

Details are at https://sheffieldsendias.org.uk/training-and-events

SEND Youth Clubs

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:

Leo’s SEND club: Monday 6-8pm, Centre in the Park, Guildford Avenue, Norfolk Park, Sheffield S2 2PL
S Club 5 SEND club: Tuesday 6-8pm, Milan Youth Centre, Longley Lane, Sheffield S5 7JS

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 youth.services@sheffield.gov.uk

Support for Carers

Free Workshop: Wills and Power of Attorney – 12 May

Sheffield Carers Centre are working with ‘Lawson Wills and Probate’ to help carers with free access to legal advice on various topics, including this one on ‘Wills and Power of Attorney’. Lawson Wills and Probate is a family-focused business run by Leigh Purdy who is a member of the Institute of Professional Will Writers and adheres to their code of practice.

During this workshop, Leigh will explain the importance of organising Wills and Power of Attorney for all involved in a caring role. The workshop will also include a Q&A session at the end.

For more details and to book https://www.sheffieldcarers.org.uk/Event/workshop-wills-and-poa or phone us on 0114 278 8942

Sheffield Carers Centre is a local independent charity founded in 1993, that is also affiliated to the national Carers Trust charity. They provide a range of high quality services to unpaid adult carers in Sheffield. They can offer a range of support including:

Carer Advice Line: Call us for personalised expert advice on anything related to your caring role. One of the team is an Urdu and Punjabi speaker, and we use an interpretation service for other languages.

Carer Card: This offers discounts on a wide range of services, products and activities from local and national businesses; plus there is space to record two emergency contact numbers.

Carer Activities & Carers Workshops: Regular activities for carers to have a break from their caring role and look after their own wellbeing and a programme of workshops to help carers share experiences and learn new skills.

Legal Advice Clinic: Free 30-minute individual legal advice sessions with a legal expert, offering advice around topics such as wills, estate planning and power of attorney. Clinics are held on a monthly basis.

Carer Café & Support Groups: The Café is held every Friday and is a great chance to meet other carers. The Support Groups take place at various locations around Sheffield on a regular basis.

Community Connect: A telephone support service providing regular phone calls from volunteers to reduce social isolation and connect carers with their local community.

Emergency Planning: We provide information to help carers make an emergency plan if something unexpectedly stopped them from looking after the person they care for.

Carer’s Assessment: A carer’s assessment provides an opportunity to discuss the impact of your caring role with our Carer Advisors, who will discuss the support you might need and help put this in place.

Time for a Break Grant: Small grants for short breaks or activities that support wellbeing and help you take a break from your caring role. We’ll assess your eligibility as part of a Carers Assessment.

Information and resources: Easy access to a range of information and resources on our website from expert sources covering more than 20 topics to help with your caring role.

Digital Resources for Carers: Carers can access the free online ‘Digital Resources for Carers’ provided by Carers UK and Sheffield City Council, includes information, eLearning, resources, and the Jointly app.

Carers News: This free monthly E-newsletter provides up-to-date information about our services and activities, along with key news items that affect carers.

Details of all of the above are at: https://www.sheffieldcarers.org.uk/i-am-a-carer-so-how-can-you-help-me

Take part in research about autism

Are you a woman (Cis or Trans) or person assigned female at birth who has a diagnosis of autism?

Elissa Thompson and her colleagues from Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust are conducting a research project around understanding the experiences of Autistic women and women diagnosed with a personality disorder. They are currently recruiting for people to take part in the research questionnaires, and a £25 voucher is on offer for those taking part. Please see flyer attached SHSC Research for more information about it.Take part in research

Do you have a diagnosis of autism? Are you looking for treatment of anxiety?

I am writing to you from the University of Bristol Medical School about the STRATA study – the largest ever study of its kind investigating the treatment of anxiety in autistic adults. I wonder if you would kindly circulate the research opportunity below to people access your services or in your newsletter? See Anxiety STRATA Recruitment Poster

We are also looking to recruit participants with a carer, who, with permission, we would approach about taking part in a sub-study to explore how the treatment of anxiety for adults with a diagnosis of autism affects them as a carer. A carer can be anyone who knows the person well and helps them with some tasks – they do not need to be a formal carer.

We are recruiting participants in Sheffield and surrounding areas, and so are trying to spread the word about the opportunity to take part to as many people as possible. I’m very happy to speak with you about it in more detail/answer any questions. Leonora Cotton, STRATA Trial Manager, Tel: 0117 455 5738 Email: leo.cotton@bristol.ac.uk

Autistic and ADHD traits in people from mixed population correlate with stress regulation – can a Fitbit help?

My name is Dr Gabija Toleikyte and I am a neuroscience and psychology lecturer who is passionate about investigating how we can create the best society, learning and working environments for neurodiverse individuals. To achieve that, I am currently testing if heart rate variability (HRV) assessed by Fitbit could be a useful measurement of well-being and stress regulation. I am curious if the number of neurodiversity traits in ADHD and Autistic spectrums would correlate with HRV and Emotional wellbeing scores. Therefore, I am seeking for healthy adult participants regardless of their relatedness to neurodiversity labels. In the study, you will be expected to come to SHU Collegiate Campus to complete 3 questionnaires self-assessing relatedness to Autistic traits, ADHD traits, and emotional wellbeing. Then you will receive Fitbit Charge 5 which you will need to wear for 2 weeks (24/7) and mark your levels of stress, emotional well-being and physical health on the daily basis. After 2 weeks you will need to come back to SHU collegiate campus to return Fitbit and, if all the steps are completed correctly, receive £20 Amazon voucher as your reward. By the way, if you start taking part and change your mind, you can withdraw at any point during the study, also, you can ask your data to be deleted up to 7 days after your participation has been completed.

Who can take part if you:

• Are 18 years and over;

• Don’t find topics of autism, ADHD, emotional wellbeing, and HRV emotionally upsetting;

• Are not currently suffering from an acute mental health issue such as depression or anxiety or take antidepressants or anxiety meds;

• Do not have any known cardiovascular system’s issues such as excessively high blood pressure, or heart arrhythmia;

• Do not suffer from insomnia or take sleep-inducing medicine;

• Do not have a known allergy to rubber;

• Would not mind being subject to Fitbit’s data privacy policy (https://www.fitbit.com/global/us/legal/privacy-policy)

If you would like to take part or have any questions, please email me at g.toleikyte@shu.ac.uk

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.

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

Autism Support Hub

We are awaiting further details about when this is going to be available and will let you know as soon as we have more information.

All-age autism assessment pathway

The NHS has coproduced a new national framework for planning, design and delivery of an all-age autism assessment pathway that works for everyone: https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/autism-diagnosis-and-operational-guidance/

Best wishes

www.sheffieldautisticsociety.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Sheffield Autistic Society – April 2023 Newsletter

Hi Everyone

Here is a round-up of information and news which we hope you will find useful and of interest.

Get Involved – Adults

  • Adult Autism Peer Support Group (Zoom)

For autistic adults 18+ only – will meet online over Zoom on the following date from 7pm until 8.30pm:  Wednesday 12 April everyone welcome – new members too!

Please contact Helen for more information at helen.purdie@hotmail.co.uk  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. Peer Group Online Group guidelines 2023

  • Join the A Team!

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/

  • ACCTing Out Social Group

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/

  • Inclusive LGBTQ+ Café

A social meet up for neurodiverse/disabled members of the LGBTQ+ community, alternate Thursdays on Zoom, 3-4pm or at Spirit of Sheffield, 3-5pm. Email Kelly.scargill@disabilitysheffield.org.uk for more information. Poster attached.

  • Autistic Women’s Network – WAND

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 (s.m.johnson@shu.ac.uk) and she can sign you up.  WAND has recently launched an online Forum and Sylvia can explain how to access that.

  • New Mental Health Drop Hub in Sheffield city centre

A new drop-in Mental Health Support Hub has opened for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis and want support.  You can just turn up as there is no need to book. The 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.  They also offer help in creating staying well and crisis plans.

They offer support in person, over the phone, or via video call. You can come just for a chat or to access one-to-one support and group sessions with r staff team. Help is available in person, over the phone and via video call. The Hub is on Bank Street S1 2DS and open in the evenings 6pm –12 pm and 2pm -12 pm at weekends. See the attached leaflet. Sheffield Support Hub – A5 Leaflet

  • Peer support – ADHD Adult Group

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

  • Autistic friendly swim at Concord Sports Centre

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

Get Involved – Children and Young People

  • Autism Hope Sheffield

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.

Contact Details:  Email Address: autismhopesheffield@gmail.com Facebook: Autism Hope Sheffield Tel: 07968 984179 Web:  https://www.autismhopesheffield.co.uk/

  • ACCT Sheffield

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:

    • Acctivate – multi-activity in-person group for autistic 5-12 year-olds held on Saturday mornings (9.45am-12.15pm). Places available through Sheffield City Council’s referral process.
    • Teenage Club – in-person group for autistic teenagers aged up to 18, held on Wednesday evenings (7-9pm). Places available through Sheffield City Council’s referral process.
    • ACCT Academy Football Coaching  – Friday evenings (6 -7pm) at Goals on Norfolk Park Road. Book a place by contacting ACCT.
    • Minecraft Club (Online groups) – facilitated by ACCT staff and run through a private server. For any age, every Saturday morning. ACCT has guest logins available for participants who don’t have their own. Book a place by contacting ACCT.
    • Dungeons and Dragons (Online groups) – facilitated by ACCT staff and run over Zoom. For teenagers and young adults. Every Monday evening or Saturday afternoon. Book a place by contacting ACCT.
    • Parent-Carer Meetings – ACCT runs fortnightly meetings, on Tuesday evenings, via Zoom, for peer support, information sharing and discussion of topics of interest and importance to parent-carers of autistic children and young people. Book a place by contacting ACCT. We also run workshops and training for parent-carers.

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/

  • The Peer Support Service for parents/carers

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 peersupport@sheffieldparentcarerforum.org.uk

  • Coffee Morning at the Parent Carer Forum

Coffee mornings are run by our friendly volunteers. They are open to all parent carers, whatever their children’s needs, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed, mild or severe. Pre-schoolers and home-educated children are welcome too. Pop in for a few minutes or stay for the whole session – no need to book. You can be sure of a warm welcome and plenty of tea, coffee and cake!

Next session is: 10:30am – 12:00pm on Tuesday 25th Apr 2023 at St Mary’s Church and Community Centre, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4QZ https://sheffieldparentcarerforum.org.uk/events/

  • SSENDIAS information sessions
    Sheffield SENDIAS (Sheffield SEND Information and Advice Service) offer free online information sessions.  These are for parents and carers of young people aged 0-25 with SEND.   The sessions answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

There are various sessions available, which run in both the daytime and evenings covering topics such as:

    • – What is an EHC Needs Assessment
    • – SEN Support in Schools
    • – Checking a Draft EHC Plan

Details are at https://sheffieldsendias.org.uk/training-and-events

  • SEND Youth Clubs

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:

    • Leo’s SEND club: Monday 6-8pm, Centre in the Park, Guildford Avenue, Norfolk Park, Sheffield S2 2PL
    • S Club 5 SEND club: Tuesday 6-8pm, Milan Youth Centre, Longley Lane, Sheffield S5 7JS

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 youth.services@sheffield.gov.uk  

Support for Carers

  • Sheffield Carers Centre is a local independent charity founded in 1993, that is also affiliated to the national Carers Trust charity. They provide a range of high quality services to unpaid adult carers in Sheffield. They can offer a range of support including:
  • Carer Advice Line: Call us for personalised expert advice on anything related to your caring role. One of the team is an Urdu and Punjabi speaker, and we use an interpretation service for other languages.
  • Carer Card: This offers discounts on a wide range of services, products and activities from local and national businesses; plus there is space to record two emergency contact numbers.
  • Carer Activities & Carers Workshops: Regular activities for carers to have a break from their caring role and look after their own wellbeing and a programme of workshops to help carers share experiences and learn new skills.
  • Legal Advice Clinic: Free 30-minute individual legal advice sessions with a legal expert, offering advice around topics such as wills, estate planning and power of attorney. Clinics are held on a monthly basis.
  • Carer Café & Support Groups: The Café is held every Friday and is a great chance to meet other carers. The Support Groups take place at various locations around Sheffield on a regular basis.
  • Community Connect: A telephone support service providing regular phone calls from volunteers to reduce social isolation and connect carers with their local community.
  • Emergency Planning:  We provide information to help carers make an emergency plan if something unexpectedly stopped them from looking after the person they care for.
  • Carer’s Assessment: A carer’s assessment provides an opportunity to discuss the impact of your caring role with our Carer Advisors, who will discuss the support you might need and help put this in place.
  • Time for a Break Grant:  Small grants for short breaks or activities that support wellbeing and help you take a break from your caring role. We’ll assess your eligibility as part of a Carers Assessment.
  • Information and resources:  Easy access to a range of information and resources on our website from expert sources covering more than 20 topics to help with your caring role.
  • Digital Resources for Carers: Carers can access the free online ‘Digital Resources for Carers’  provided by Carers UK and Sheffield City Council, includes information, eLearning, resources, and the Jointly app.
  • Carers News: This free monthly E-newsletter provides up-to-date information about our services and activities, along with key news items that affect carers.

Details of all of the above are at:  https://www.sheffieldcarers.org.uk/i-am-a-carer-so-how-can-you-help-me

  • Carer’s Credit

To get a full state pension you need a certain number of years of NI contributions. Carer’s Credit is a National Insurance credit that helps with gaps in your National Insurance record. Your State Pension is based on your National Insurance record. Your income, savings or investments will not affect eligibility for Carer’s Credit.

You could get Carer’s Credit if you’re caring for someone for at least 20 hours a week and they don’t have to be in receipt of benefits themselves. It is worth checking your eligibility as could make a difference to your pension.  Full details are at:   https://www.gov.uk/carers-credit/eligibility

You can also check your NI record https://www.gov.uk/check-national-insurance-record to see if you have any gaps and your State Retirement Pension at: https://www.gov.uk/check-state-pension

  • Council webpage with links to lots of practical and helpful information on cost of living

Everyone is affected by the cost-of-living crisis in some shape or form. Sheffield City Council has a special page on their website highlighting some of the local and national support available to help you manage the cost-of-living in Sheffield.

The webpage has sections for areas such as Money Support, Food Support, Help with Energy Costs plus information on community help.

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/cost-of-living?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

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.

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

  • Autism Support Hub

Limited funding has been made available for an Autism Support Hub in Sheffield.  The proposal will develop and deliver a service specification of drop-in provision accessible to and offering support to autistic people in Sheffield. This will be available to people aged 16 and above with or without a formal diagnosis of autism.  Services will be provided in easy to access community venue/s through the support of recognised, established, and specialised organisations.

If you would like to be part of the working group around developing this concept then please email k.toman@vas.org.uk.

Best wishes
Sheffield Autistic Society

 

Sheffield Autistic Society – March News 2023

From Liz Friend:

Hi Everyone,
Spring is around the corner and the nights are finally getting lighter!
Here is a round-up of information and news which we hope you will find useful and of interest

Get involved – adults

Adult Autism Peer Support Group (Zoom)

For autistic adults 18+ only – will meet online over Zoom on the following date from 7pm until 8.30pm: Wednesday 8th March everyone welcome – new members too!

Please contact Helen for more information at helen.purdie@hotmail.co.uk 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.

Free one-to-one support sessions for autistic adults

These online only sessions are facilitated by Helen Purdie for the Sheffield Autistic Society. They will be an opportunity for individuals to check-in with themselves and to talk about their lived autistic experience with another autistic adult who is experienced in offering individual and group support in this way. Through dialogue in a confidential space, individuals will be able to share concerns, gain a better understanding of their autistic selves and feel heard.

Sessions are free of charge and are for one hour – please see Peer Group Online Group guidelines 2023 for further information.

Inclusive LGBTQ+ Café

A social meet up for neurodiverse/disabled members of the LGBTQ+ community, alternate Thursdays on Zoom, 3-4pm or at Spirit of Sheffield, 3-5pm. Email Kelly.scargill@disabilitysheffield.org.uk for more information. Poster attached.

New Mental Health Drop Hub in Sheffield city centre

A new drop-in Mental Health Support Hub has opened for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis and want support. You can just turn up as there is no need to book. The 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. They also offer help in creating staying well and crisis plans.

They offer support in person, over the phone, or via video call. You can come just for a chat or to access one-to-one support and group sessions with our staff team. Help is available in person, over the phone and via video call. The Hub is on Bank Street S1 2DS and open in the evenings 6pm –12 pm and 2pm -12 pm at weekends. See the attached  Sheffield Support Hub -Leaflet.

Take part in research about autism

“I’m Sharon and I am researching into autism and special interests and passions for my MA in Autism at Sheffield Hallam University. If you would like to take part in this study then I would be very grateful.

Part of my project is to interview autistic people who are over 18 years of age. It is a semi-structured interview so not set questions, it will be more of a discussion about the pros and cons of having special interests/passions. It is voluntary but I will cover travel costs and happily buy coffee and cakes.

If you’d like any further information, please contact me by email smcourt10@hotmail.com. Please see attached Special Interest Research Group Poster for more info.”

Autism Alert ID Card – South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police and the National Autistic Society have worked together to create a new Autism Alert Photo ID Card. The free, credit-card sized, Autism Alert cards are now in circulation to help police and other emergency services workers communicate with autistic residents more effectively, helping those on the autism spectrum feel more comfortable in what perhaps could potentially be an extremely stressful or frightening situation. In addition, we offer Learning Disability Alert photo ID cards to help our officers and other emergency service workers communicate effectively with individuals with learning disabilities. https://www.southyorkshire.police.uk/sign-up/autism-alert-learning-disability-alert-or-mental-heath-alert-card

Get involved – children and young people

Breaking News (3 March 2023) about SEND provision from the National Autistic Society:

“In 2022, over 42,000 of you asked the Government to invest in autistic children’s futures and fix the broken SEND system. After a long wait, and lots of pressure from our campaigners, this week the Government finally published the SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan.

The plan announced new funding for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), which will be used to recruit more school staff and simplify the process of getting EHCPs (Education, Health and Care Plans). This could be great news for some autistic children and young people.”

For more information and a link to download the plan see: https://www.autism.org.uk/what-we-do/news/long-awaited-send-improvement-plan-released

Start for Life Sheffield – Parent Focus Group

Sheffield City Council are keen to hear from parent/carers with children in their early years (0-5yrs) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), to understand their recent experience of accessing services able to provide help and support to both children and families in their early years. Your feedback will help inform the new Early Years Strategy, “Start for Life Sheffield. The current version, “A Great Start in Life”, is due to end in March 2023. We would like your support in ensuring that the new strategy is reflective of our city and its families.

The focus group will run for approx. 2hrs. for up to 8 participants. You must have a child 0-5 years with SEND to attend this group and we are particularly keen to hear from those who have children 0-2 years. We are offering a £20 Love to Shop voucher to all attendees. Details are at: sheffieldparentcarerforum.org.uk/events/start-for-life-sheffield-parent-focus-group/booking-form/

The Peer Support Service for parents/carers

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 peersupport@sheffieldparentcarerforum.org.uk

Coffee Morning at the Parent Carer Forum

Coffee mornings are run by our friendly volunteers. They are open to all parent carers, whatever their children’s needs, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed, mild or severe. Pre-schoolers and home-educated children are welcome too.

Pop in for a few minutes or stay for the whole session – no need to book. You can be sure of a warm welcome and plenty of tea, coffee and cake! 10:30am – 12:00pm Tuesday 9 March 2023 at St Mary’s Church and Community Centre, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4QZ

 

SSENDIAS information sessions
Sheffield SENDIAS (Sheffield SEND Information and Advice Service) offer free online information sessions. These are for parents and carers of young people aged 0-25 with SEND. The sessions answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

There are various sessions available, which run in both the daytime and evenings covering topics such as:

– What is an EHC Needs Assessment
– SEN Support in Schools
– Checking a Draft EHC Plan

Details are at https://sheffieldsendias.org.uk/training-and-events

SEND Youth Clubs

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:

Leo’s SEND club: Monday 6-8pm, Centre in the Park, Guildford Avenue, Norfolk Park, Sheffield S2 2PL
S Club 5 SEND club: Tuesday 6-8pm, Milan Youth Centre, Longley Lane, Sheffield S5 7JS

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 youth.services@sheffield.gov.uk

Support for Carers

Sheffield Carers Centre is a local independent charity founded in 1993, that is also affiliated to the national Carers Trust charity. They provide a range of high quality services to unpaid adult carers in Sheffield. They can offer a range of support including:

Carer Advice Line: Call us for personalised expert advice on anything related to your caring role. One of the team is an Urdu and Punjabi speaker, and we use an interpretation service for other languages.

Carer Card: This offers discounts on a wide range of services, products and activities from local and national businesses; plus there is space to record two emergency contact numbers.

Carer Activities & Carers Workshops: Regular activities for carers to have a break from their caring role and look after their own wellbeing and a programme of workshops to help carers share experiences and learn new skills.

Legal Advice Clinic: Free 30-minute individual legal advice sessions with a legal expert, offering advice around topics such as wills, estate planning and power of attorney. Clinics are held on a monthly basis.

Carer Café & Support Groups: The Café is held every Friday and is a great chance to meet other carers. The Support Groups take place at various locations around Sheffield on a regular basis.

Community Connect: A telephone support service providing regular phone calls from volunteers to reduce social isolation and connect carers with their local community.

Emergency Planning: We provide information to help carers make an emergency plan if something unexpectedly stopped them from looking after the person they care for.

Carer’s Assessment: A carer’s assessment provides an opportunity to discuss the impact of your caring role with our Carer Advisors, who will discuss the support you might need and help put this in place.

Time for a Break Grant: Small grants for short breaks or activities that support wellbeing and help you take a break from your caring role. We’ll assess your eligibility as part of a Carers Assessment.

Information and resources: Easy access to a range of information and resources on our website from expert sources covering more than 20 topics to help with your caring role.

Digital Resources for Carers: Carers can access the free online ‘Digital Resources for Carers’ provided by Carers UK and Sheffield City Council, includes information, eLearning, resources, and the Jointly app.

Carers News: This free monthly E-newsletter provides up-to-date information about our services and activities, along with key news items that affect carers.

Details of all of the above are at: https://www.sheffieldcarers.org.uk/i-am-a-carer-so-how-can-you-help-me

Council webpage with links to lots of practical and helpful information on cost of living

Everyone is affected by the cost-of-living crisis in some shape or form. Sheffield City Council has a special page on their website highlighting some of the local and national support available to help you manage the cost-of-living in Sheffield.

The webpage has sections for areas such as Money Support, Food Support, Help with Energy Costs plus information on community help.

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/cost-of-living?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

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.

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

All Age Autism Strategy for Sheffield

The Autism Partnership Board has developed a draft All Age Autism Strategy for Sheffield for the next three years, up to March 2026. We want to know what people think of the draft strategy before we launch it next month.The consultation runs until Tuesday 7 March 2023.

Here’s the link to the survey: https://haveyoursaysheffield.uk.engagementhq.com/autism-strategy-consultation

Potential funding for Autism Support Hub

Limited funding has been made available for an Autism support hub in Sheffield. The Supplier (successful bidder) will develop and deliver a service specification of drop-in provision accessible to and offering support to autistic people in Sheffield. This will be available to people aged 16 and above with or without a formal diagnosis of autism. Services will be provided in easy to access community venue/s through the support of recognised, established, and specialised organisations.

The specification and bid information are attached to this email.

If you would like to be part of the working group around developing this concept then please email k.toman@vas.org.uk

Best wishes

Sheffield Autistic Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sheffield Autistic Society – January / February 2023 Newsletter

Hi Everyone,

Here is a round-up of information and news which we hope you will find useful and of interest.

Get involved …

Adult Asperger Group (Zoom)

For autistic adults 18+ only – will meet online over Zoom on the following date from 7pm until 8.30pm: Wednesday 15 February everyone welcome – new members too!

Please contact Helen for more information at helen.purdie@hotmail.co.uk and she will send you the joining details if you wish to come along. See our group guidelines which set out what to expect at the meetings.

Free one-to-one support sessions for autistic adults

These online only sessions are facilitated by Helen Purdie for the Sheffield Autistic Society. They will be an opportunity for individuals to check-in with themselves and to talk about their lived autistic experience with another autistic adult who is experienced in offering individual and group support in this way. Through dialogue in a confidential space, individuals will be able to share concerns, gain a better understanding of their autistic selves and feel heard.

Sessions are free of charge and are for one hour – please see Helen sessions for further information.

Inclusive LGBTQ+ Café

A social meet up for neurodiverse/disabled members of the LGBTQ+ community, alternate Thursdays on Zoom, 3-4pm or at Spirit of Sheffield, 3-5pm. Email Kelly.scargill@disabilitysheffield.org.uk for more information.

The Peer Support Service for parents/carers

(from Sheffield Parent Carer Forum)

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 peersupport@sheffieldparentcarerforum.org.uk

Coffee Morning at the Parent Carer Forum

Coffee mornings are run by our friendly volunteers. They are open to all parent carers, whatever their children’s needs, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed, mild or severe. Pre-schoolers and home-educated children are welcome too. Pop in for a few minutes or stay for the whole session – no need to book. You can be sure of a warm welcome and plenty of tea, coffee and cake! 10:30am – 12:00pm Tuesday 7th Feb 2023at St Mary’s Church and Community Centre, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4QZ

SSENDIAS information sessions

Sheffield SENDIAS (Sheffield SEND Information and Advice Service) offer free online information sessions. These are for parents and carers of young people aged 0-25 with SEND. The sessions answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
There are 3 sessions available, which run in both the daytime and evenings:

– Book What is an EHC Needs Assessment
– Book SEN Support in Schools
– Book Checking a Draft EHC Plan

https://sheffieldsendias.org.uk/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

SEND Youth Clubs

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:

Leo’s SEND club: Monday 6-8pm, Centre in the Park, Guildford Avenue, Norfolk Park, Sheffield S2 2PL

S Club 5 SEND club: Tuesday 6-8pm, Milan Youth Centre, Longley Lane, Sheffield S5 7JS

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 youth.services@sheffield.gov.uk

Percy Street Project

https://www.percystreetcic.com/

We started our sessions for neurodiverse young adults at our Percy Street workshop last year and we are continuing with a group working on some projects with other voluntary groups in Sheffield.

The attached document PSCIC Story so far Plans for 2023 describes what we do and our project for 2023. The 2023 Project will have spaces for around 20 young adults aged 18 to 25 or thereabouts.

New free course from Autism Plus

If you are aged 18 and over and are autistic or have an associated condition such as ADHD, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Tourette’s syndrome and live in Sheffield, you might be eligible for Positive Steps – a new six week course designed to help you overcome challenges and build confidence. Click here to find out more https://autismplus.co.uk/employment-support/positive-steps?mc_cid=a819915ad2&mc_eid=32403f1b16

Get Support and information

Autism Alert ID Card – South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police and the National Autistic Society have worked together to create a new Autism Alert Photo ID Card. The free, credit-card sized, Autism Alert cards are now in circulation to help police and other emergency services workers communicate with autistic residents more effectively, helping those on the autism spectrum feel more comfortable in what perhaps could potentially be an extremely stressful or frightening situation. In addition, we offer Learning Disability Alert photo ID cards to help our officers and other emergency service workers communicate effectively with individuals with learning disabilities. https://www.southyorkshire.police.uk/sign-up/autism-alert-learning-disability-alert-or-mental-heath-alert-card

Free legal advice

Sheffield Carers Centre are working with Lawson Wills and Probate to provide carers with access to free 30-minute individual legal advice clinics on the last Friday of every month.

https://sheffieldcarers.org.uk/legal-advice-clinic/

Council webpage with links to lots of practical and helpful information on cost of living:

Everyone is affected by the cost-of-living crisis in some shape or form. Sheffield City Council has a special page on their website highlighting some of the local and national support available to help you manage the cost-of-living in Sheffield.

The webpage has sections for areas such as Money Support, Food Support, Help with Energy Costs plus information on community help.

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/cost-of-living?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Working in partnership in Sheffield to improve services for autistic people

· 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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free 6 Week Course – “Positive Steps” from Autism Plus

Positive Steps

If you are aged 18 and over and have autism or an associated condition such as ADHD, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Tourette’s syndrome and live in Sheffield, you might be eligible for Positive Steps – a new six week course to help you overcome challenges and build confidence.

See also the website: https://autismplus.co.uk/employment-support/positive-steps

Sheffield Autistic Society – November 2022 Newsletter

Hi Everyone

Here is a round-up of information and news which we hope you will find useful and of interest.  Apologies for the number of attachments – just read the ones that are relevant to you.

Get Involved…

  • Adult Asperger Group (Zoom)

For autistic adults 18+ only – will meet online over Zoom on the following date from 7pm until 8.30pm:  Wednesday 9 November  everyone welcome – new members too!

Please contact Helen for more information at helen.purdie@hotmail.co.uk  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.

  • Inclusive LGBTQ+ Café

A social meet up for neurodiverse/disabled members of the LGBTQ+ community, alternate Thursdays on Zoom, 3-4pm or at Spirit of Sheffield, 3-5pm. Email Kelly.scargill@disabilitysheffield.org.uk for more information.

See https://www.sheffieldmind.co.uk/sheffield-voices-lgbtq-cafe

 

  • Do you like singing?  –  The Autistic Adult Choir

The Autistic Adult Choir meets fortnightly on alternate Fridays 6.30-8pm, Bamforth Building, Burton Street Foundation, S6 2HH. See this leaflet – TAAC_Sheffield_flyer

  • Free course exploring creativity for women

Survivors of Depression in Transition (Sodit) is running a free 10 week course starting on Thursday 10 November.  It is open to all women who struggle with their mental health.  The course covers a range of creative activities including writing, painting and film making. Please see this flyer for full details: 10 week course SoDit

  • Post-16 information day!

Friday 25 November, 10am-2.30pm, at St Mary’s to find out about post-16 options for your young person and the support available for their transition into adulthood. We’ll have information stalls from over 20 local organisations and information sessions about specific aspects of transition. Free lunch provided! Book your place now.

  • SSENDIAS information sessions
    SSENDIAS continue to run regular Zoom sessions about applying for an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan, checking a draft EHC plan, and SEN Support. They also have some pre-recorded webinars on their website – currently on SEN Support, and on completing tribunal forms. More info.

 

  • Post-16 coffee morning 16 November, 9.30-11am, at Sheaf Training
    Sheffield City Council’s new Post-16 SEND Officer is hosting monthly coffee mornings at Sheaf Training where you can ask questions and swap information with other parent carers. The sessions are open to all parent carers, not just parents of Sheaf students. No need to book, just turn up.

 

  • Sheffield Asperger Parents Action Group (SAPAG) meeting

The next SAPAG support meeting will be at 7pm on Wednesday 9th November at The Red Deer, Pitt Street, S1 4DD.  (Unfortunately, theSocial bar has closed.)   There is parking on meters nearby.  We will meet at a table on the left hand side as you go into the pub.

This is an opportunity for SAPAG members to meet socially and receive support with ongoing challenges.  We welcome parents who are new to SAPAG and look forward to seeing old faces again too!

Get Support and Information…

  • Autism Alert ID Card – South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police and the National Autistic Society have worked together to create a new Autism Alert Photo ID Card.  The free, credit-card sized, Autism Alert cards are now in circulation to help police and other emergency services workers communicate with autistic residents more effectively, helping those on the autism spectrum feel more comfortable in what perhaps could potentially be an extremely stressful or frightening situation.  In addition, we offer Learning Disability Alert photo ID cards to help our officers and other emergency service workers communicate effectively with individuals with learning disabilities.   https://www.southyorkshire.police.uk/sign-up/autism-alert-learning-disability-alert-or-mental-heath-alert-card

  • South Yorkshire police have also  launched a new Mental Health Alert Card and passport for people in South Yorkshire. It is designed to help anyone living with a long-term mental health problem to quickly and easily communicate with emergency services, should they find themselves in crisis or distress.  See this leaflet: Mental_Health_Alert_Card_A5_leaflet
  • Free legal advice

Sheffield Carers Centre are working with Lawson Wills and Probate to provide carers with access to free 30-minute individual legal advice clinics on the last Friday of every month.

https://sheffieldcarers.org.uk/legal-advice-clinic/

  • Help with cost of living crisis

It will be a challenge to cope with all the recent changes with energy costs and price increases. Disability Sheffield has put together a round-up of easy read guides to help with the cost of living: https://www.disabilitysheffield.org.uk/blog/easy-read-guides-to-help-with-the-cost-of-living-2022-09-28

Health Care…

  • NHS Screening support

The NHS screening programmes is offering online awareness training for parents and family carers of people with a learning disability and autistic people, Wednesday 9 November, 11am-12.30pm. See attached leaflet: Family Carer NHS Screening Training Awareness Flyer Part 1

  • Action plan for those leaving mental health hospitals.

The Department of Health and Social Care has published an action plan setting out what partners need to do to support more people with a learning disability and autistic people to leave mental health hospitals and to have the life they want in the community: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/building-the-right-support-for-people-with-a-learning-disability-and-autistic-people

Working in Partnership in Sheffield to Improve Services for Autistic People…

  • 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.

You can read more about the work of the APB on our website here https://sheffieldautisticsociety.org.uk/partnership-key-documents/

  • 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

  • What support do autistic adults want following an autism diagnosis?

The research team at the University of Sheffield as some of you know as ShARL have been researching into improving post-diagnostic support for autistic adults. They asked autistic adults what they want from support following an autism diagnosis. The recommendations that were put forward suggested that most autistic adults want emotional and psychological support, person-centred support, practical support, support to understand autism, support with relationships and accessible support delivery.  The interim report is here: Lay report What people want after autism diagnosis

Best wishes to all

www.sheffieldautisticsociety.org.uk