Mother and Child Art Exhibition

Sarah Sharpe (see the article in our January 2019 Newsletter) will now be holding the postponed launch event for her Mother and Child Exhibition this Thursday 21st Feb 5.30-8pm at The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW. The launch is free with a drink and a few nibbles for people wanting to come and see her lovely paintings. The exhibition is also now open every week day Mon-Fri in The Circle Gallery until the end of March.

Yoga Taster Course for Asperger Adults starts 25th February

Come and try yoga at a new city centre yoga space called Mudra
Yoga will improve your balance, coordination, strength, flexibility.
and help you with relaxation and sleep.
The 4-week course starts on Mon 25th Feb Time: 7.30 -9pm
Dates: Feb 25th, Mar 4th, Mar 11th, Mar 18th
Cost for The A Team is only £10 for 4 weeks!
OK to come for 1 session (£2.50) to see if it’s for you.

Mudra is above Tamper Coffee Shop on Arundel Street near Hallam University

After the 4-week taster, there will be a yoga session for the A Team at Mudra on the
second Monday of the month.
Spaces are limited so book your place soon by replying to
or phone/text Judith on 07817521950
Here is the link to Mudra’s website:
Mudra launch next week with free classes!



Autism Act 10 Years On – National Autistic Society survey

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Autism Act in England and the National Autistic Society is working with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA) to find out more about the state of care and support for autistic children and adults across the UK.

The Autism Act says the Government has to review its autism policy from time to time. This is happening this year, giving us a vital opportunity to uncover what has and has not changed over the last decade and to campaign for further improvements to support for autistic people.

We want as many autistic people and families to engage in this survey to help us tell Government what needs to change.

This survey covers areas such as social care, training, benefits, mental health and transition from childhood to adulthood. Over recent years we have also carried out surveys on other topics, like employment and education, which will be included in our research.

To take part please go to this webpage

Please fill in this survey by 10pm on Sunday 7 April 2019. The survey should take 15 to 30 minutes to complete.”

Urgent notice – postponement of Mother and Child art exhibition

We have been informed that the art exhibition “Mother and Child”, the launch of which was  planned for this Thursday 7 Feb 530-8pm at The Circle will NOT now go ahead. (There was an announcement about this event in our January newsletter.)

Sarah Sharpe, the lady responsible has been in touch to say that, due to a broken wrist, she is having to cancel at this late stage. She hopes to be able to mount the exhibition in a few weeks time. Apologies for the inconvenience this may cause.


DWP Regional Stakeholder Network

Jennifer Marsden of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) attended a recent Autism Partnership Board in Sheffield.
Jennifer said that the DWP want to reach out to groups in each regional area. For us that would be in the Northern Region. She was asking if anyone within the Board, or the wider membership of associations, societies, organisations, etc. would be interested in opportunities to be part of our Regional Stakeholder Network, to represent disabled people’s views and work with others in our area and with government.

They are looking for both chair positions and member positions. Members will not be paid, however travel expenses with receipts will be paid to attend the annual Network meeting. The information can be found in the following link:

If you are interested please contact the Sheffield Autistic Society’s Secretary, Graham Nield: 

Healthwatch Consultation with Sheffield Autistic Society members

Sheffield Healthwatch has published the results of its recent consultation with Sheffield Autistic Society members:

In October and November 2018 Healthwatch Sheffield attended three meetings run by Sheffield Autistic Society to listen to adults with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and their families/carers about their experiences of health and social care in Sheffield.

“This briefing provides an overview of the key themes as well as suggestions from attendees about how services could be improved for people with Autism.”

You can read the briefing here (it is a PDF document):  Sheffield-Autistic-Society-Oct Nov 20118-Briefing

Share your own feedback or ideas with Healthwatch:

Healthwatch Sheffield
The Circle
33 Rockingham Lane
S1 4FW

Telephone: (0114) 253 6688
Text: 0741 524 9657

Sheffield Autistic Society Drop-in Sessions

For the past year we have been piloting a new Advice, Information and Advocacy service for all our members with funding we obtained from Awards for All.

This has meant that we have been able to have an office in town and run a weekly/fortnightly drop in for everyone who either wants advice and information about autism or just wants to pop in for a cuppa and a chat.  To date we have had over 90 individual attendances at the sessions which has been fantastic.  We have also been able to provide over 100 hours of one-to-one support and advice to our members and others.  This has been helpful to many who otherwise would not have received any support. Thanks go especially to Liz who managed and ran this service for the Society. So it is with great sadness that we are having to wrap up the service as we have run out of funding and we haven’t been able to secure other sources of income to keep on running.  We do hope however that we have demonstrated that there is a need out there and perhaps others will step in to replace us.

We will of course still be offering the weekly Art House Wellbeing Group sessions on Tuesday and the regular meetings we have on the third Wednesday at the Carers Centre and the Adult Asperger Group on the last Thursday of the month at Sheffield Hallam University.  We are also planning some trips to the cinema again this year and have a few other ideas too!  Please keep a close eye on our website for full details of all our activities and a very Happy 2019!!

Government review to improve the lives of autistic children

Published 5th December 2018: “The government will collect evidence from autistic children, their families and their carers on how to improve the support they get.

The government’s review of services and support for autistic people is covering autistic children as well as adults for the first time.

The review will inform the new joint adults and children autism strategy to be published in autumn 2019.

The review looks at:

  • joining up health, care and education services to address autistic children’s needs holistically
  • developing diagnostic services to diagnose autism earlier, in line with clinical guidance
  • improving the transition between children and adult services so that no young people miss out, and ending inappropriate reliance on inpatient hospital care
  • improving understanding of autism and all its profiles, including recently identified forms such as pathological demand avoidance (PDA)

As part of this review, the government will collect evidence from autistic children and adults, families, carers and professionals on how to improve services and support.”

For the full text of this story see this page from the Department of Health and Social Care