Morrisons ‘quiet hour’ for autistic shopping

Supermarket chain Morrisons has introduced a weekly “quieter hour” for autistic shoppers who struggle with music and noise.

Its 439 UK stores will dim lights, turn music off, avoid using the tannoy and turn check-out beeps down on Saturdays from 09:00 to 10:00.

It is believed to be the first supermarket chain to roll out the scheme to all stores nationwide.

See the full story from the BBC here.

Autism-friendly hairdressing service

Sheffield Autistic Society have learned of a service which may be of particular interest to families with autistic children or children with an autistic spectrum condition.  We contacted Twisted Scissors of High Street Rotherham who told us:

“Our quiet Sunday takes place the first Sunday of every month. We provide a longer time frame and plenty of patience for children on the spectrum.
Our aim is to offer a service inviting to all the family, we eliminate noise and smells.  There’s toys to play with and plenty of sweets and refreshments.

This service is about gaining trust and ultimately getting your child to a point where they feel happy to get that haircut.  Sometimes it does take a while before we can gain that trust and although we can’t promise you guys a haircut, you do get our time and interaction which in turn will build that trust up.”

Twisted Scissors Hairdresser and Barber
7 High Street, Rotherham, S60 1PT
Tel: 01709 378510

See also this article from the Rotherham Advertiser

Hoffman Foundation for Autism – Art Competition and Exhibition

Ian Wilson, Art Coordinator, Hoffmann Foundation for Autism has sent us the following:

The Hoffmann Foundation for Autism Prize Competition and Exhibition for 2018/19 will take place at Bruce Castle Museum and Gallery, Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU, from Wednesday 14th November 2018 until Thursday 28th February 2019.

The Hoffmann Foundation for Autism has been providing an art service for adults with asc since 1991 and since 1994 there have been 45 one person and mixed exhibitions in London and elsewhere; we have provided a painting and drawing prize competition since 2009.

First Prize £500.00
Second Prize £350.00
Third Prize £150.00
Provided by the Shirley Foundation

The PJR Creative Building Prize
First Prize £250.00
Second Prize £150.00
Third Prize £100.00
Provided by PJR Creative Building

The Lillie Portrait Prize  £200.00
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We have been very lucky in our supporters and in particular the generosity of the Shirley Foundation who have been providing cash prizes ever since we began. Special mention must also be made of PJR Creative Building’s who have contributed an inspired prize this year – Buildings of the Future, intended to stimulate the structural imagination of our artists. The portrait prize is also new this year and probably presents the biggest challenge of all.

All entrants are eligible for the main prize but artists should indicate on their entry form if they also intend their work to be entered for either of the prizes designated as ‘The Buildings of the Future’ or ‘The Portrait Prize’. From September artists should be able to download info & entry forms from our web-site and they can mail me at for Competition Entry Forms, Rules of the Competition, How to get there etc.

The Prize Giving and the Private View will be held in February 2019 at a date to be arranged. It’s also hoped to show films about autism throughout, or at least about autistic themes, autistic central characters, autistic dilemmas and so on which I’m sure some will welcome as light relief. I will also try to find informed speakers, at least for the Private View, and persuade dignitaries to open the proceedings.

Submissions must be in by Wednesday 31st October 2018. Please send or take your work to: The Exhibition Coordinator, 2 Park Avenue, Wood Green, London N22 7EX

Phone 020 8881 8638 or E-mail: for an application form and Info Pack or general enquiries. You can also visit the Day Service between 15.00-16.00 weekdays to pick up forms etc.

Hoffmann Foundation for Autism Limited. Registered in England and Wales No.2169783

Registered Charity Number 298166 Registered Office at 4 Gordon Avenue, Stanmore HA7 3QD

Autism and mindfulness – an offer to talk by autistic speaker Sian Hutchings

Sheffield Autistic Society has received the following invitation from young autistic speaker, Sian Hutchings:

“You may be interested in an opportunity to hear a unique personal perspective on autism and mindfulness – delivered by myself, a speaker, trainer and mentor on this fascinating subject.

I delivered this talk back in June 2018 at The Autism Show in London which was a fantastic success!

I offer this personal perspective in a unique presentation which I believe may be both informative and entertaining for your members , professionals , families , carers and people on the autistic spectrum , which I deliver to organisations, Universities and support groups nationwide.”

Sian has a Facebook Page called Sian Speaks

and has sent us this flyer:

She also sent this short video from Autism information Sharing day 2018:

Your experiences and views on housing and accommodation for autistic people are wanted!

Susan Kirkman, member of the  National Autism Programme Board says:

Hello all
I am meeting with Government officials in October to discuss housing and autism as part of my role in the National Autism Programme Board.
We are to look at three things
1.Whether autistic people use the Disabled Facilities Grant (What is that you may ask!)
2. HOLD mortgages (again!)
3.Suitability and availability of accommodation for autistic people in both the  public and private sector.
Case studies would be really valuable, as would your evidence and your opinions.
Also would you like me to raise anything else?
I really would appreciate as many responses as possible, both positive and negative.
Please send your replies to

Free retail training opportunity for unemployed young people

Sheffield Autistic Society have received the following information from The Source Skills Academy:

“We have a free 5 week retail programme for young people aged 16 to 30 based at Meadowhall starting Mon 3rd Sept. (See flyer here.)  We have 15 places and would be grateful if you could promote this opportunity to those young (unemployed) people that might be interested.

It has been very successful in previous years with around 75% securing work. It is funded by British Land (so can run alongside ESF / other funded programmes).

I have attached a leaflet but here’s some more information:

· 5 weeks full time (Mon to Fri)

· For unemployed people with a good standard of written and spoken English, aged 16 to 30 who can commit

· Delivered at The Source (across from Meadowhall)

· Includes qualifications in retail, health and safety and customer service

· Includes 8 days (unpaid) work placement in Meadowhall (retail, hospitality or customer services)

· Travel and some lunch expenses paid

· Increase work skills and experience, improve CV, gain more confidence and work readiness

· 6 months follow-up support and help securing employment

We have a taster session on Wed 29th August at The Source at 10.30.”

If you are interested, please contact:

Helen Lee
Team leader – Schools and Communities
The Source Skills Academy
300 Meadowhall Way
S9 1EA

Tel – 0114 2635619
or 07827852504




Sheffield Autistic Society Annual General Meeting Wed 16th May

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Sheffield Autistic Society will take place on Wednesday 16th May 2018 from 12:30 to 14:30 pm

at the Carers Centre
Concept House,
5 Young Street,
Sheffield, S1 4UP


  1. Welcome and Introduction by Chair
  2. Secretary’s Report
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Reports from other areas
  5. Plans for the future
  6. Feedback from parents/carers
  7. Any Other Business


New logo design

The Sheffield Autistic Society logo is changing. We have decided no longer to use a design based on jigsaw puzzle pieces – a symbol for autism that has been widely used for several decades. The reason for the change is in order to acknowledge a growing concern amongst the autistic community that the use of puzzle pieces reflects a potentially negative view of autism. To continue to use the symbol would be disrespectful to autistic people, a view that was expressed in a recent editorial in the journal Autism, which has now changed its own cover design accordingly.

Our new logo retains the familiar diamond shape and the colours of the previous version. Instead of the puzzle pieces, we have 4 circles of different colours, with perhaps the suggestion of different individual persons, autistic or otherwise, simply coming together.

We intend to replace our printed stationery, whenever we need to reprint it, in order to reflect this change.