Housing Needs Survey

The Councils and CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) in Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham want to find out about the housing that people with learning disabilities, autistic people or those with mental health issues would like for the next 5-10 years.

To make sure people with learning disabilities, autistic people and those with mental health issues, and their carers have a say about what housing they would like we would like you to complete an online survey which can be found at this link  https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ICSLivedExperience/

In each question you will be asked to choose from a few options or write in an answer. If you want to save your answers and come back to the questionnaire you can do that, but please make sure you complete the survey by 28th August,  5:00pm.

If you would like a paper copy of the survey please contact Liz Zacharias at liz@campbelltickell.com

If you have any other questions about the survey please contact Annie Field at annie@campbelltickell.com

The results will go into a report that will help the Councils and the CCGs to make decisions about the type of housing that they will develop for people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health issues.

We will also share the results of the survey with people with lived experience of learning disabilities, autism or mental health issues.


Improving physical health for people living with severe mental illness, learning disabilities, and autistic spectrum condition

Organisations in Sheffield (including the NHS, Sheffield City Council, and the voluntary/community sector) have been working to improve how they support people living with severe mental illness, learning disabilities, and autistic spectrum condition, to be healthier.

Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, together with Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Sheffield City Council have published a draft strategy which is available to download here.

And an easy-read version which you can download here.

There is also a survey to:

– Help organisations to prioritise and put plans into action

– Ask for feedback about how COVID has affected the physical health of people living with severe mental illness, learning disabilities, and autistic spectrum condition – so we can use this feedback to influence how we use the Strategy to help improve services and support in relation to this.

You can access the survey here.

And there’s an easy-read version of the survey to download here.

If you would like to request a paper copy, a translated version, or would like to complete the survey over the telephone please email liz.tooke@nhs.net or call 07980 948809 to arrange.

Information on Face Covering

Wearing a face covering is now mandatory in hospitals and on public transport in England .

(See here for update on wearing face covering in shops, mandatory from 24th July)

Because of confusion about what this means and about exemptions to these rules Sheffield Autistic Society are providing a number of links.

The government’s guidance, such as it is, is contained in the document “Staying safe outside your home
which was updated on 5 June 2020. See section 10 for specific guidance on face coverings

WHICH have produced a useful article on this topic: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/06/coronavirus-should-we-be-wearing-face-masks/ – Which?

The organisation Keep Safe has produced easy-read guidance and materials based on the latest update to the rules on face covering (15th June).
This includes detailed advice on exemptions, posters and various exemption cards that you can download and print. There are exemption cards for autistic people and cards for people with learning disabilities.

In South Yorkshire, Travel South Yorkshire’s Journey Assistance Cards help passengers with hidden disabilities or older passengers discreetly get help from the driver or conductor so they can travel on public transport with confidence. They also aim to help drivers and conductors be aware of any assistance or information requirements you may have. The series of cards now includes a card stating ‘I am exempt from wearing a face covering’ .You can download the cards here.

Connecting people in Sheffield with Learning Disabilities and Autism

Sheffield Autistic Society received the following message from Kathryn Littlewood of Disability Sheffield:

“Sheffield Voices is hosting a coffee morning twice a week at 11am on Tuesday and Thursday for anyone with a learning disability and Autism. We are reaching out to people who might be isolated and are having problems.

We are also filming people on Fridays about their experiences. people will need access to ZOOM to join in with both the coffee mornings and filming.

We are working with Inclusion North and LDE to bring up to date easy accessible information into these meetings for people as we have been concerned that people are not understanding what is happening with staying indoors and staying safe.

Please can you share info around your colleagues. if the meetings get too big then we will put more events on

If anyone is interested in joining in on what we are doing please can you contact us on either 01142536750 or email me at kathryn.littlewood@disabilitysheffield.org.uk for the details”


Kathryn Littlewood

Development Worker

Ideas, activities, resources during the lockdown

Susan Kirkman has sent us the following ideas, mainly – but not only – for people with a learning disability and their families, from the internet:

Through the Maze are sharing ideas for activities to do at home on their website here.

A lot of self advocacy and community groups are sharing ideas and what they are doing through regular on line meetings. You can watch a recording of those meetings here.

Books beyond words have a book called Good Days and Bad days during Coronavirus. It can help you think about what makes a good day and how you plan for that.

Listening Books are offering a huge collection of audio books for children and adults including bestsellers and books for education and well-being.

Technology start-up AutonoMe is offering a free version of their app to any person with a learning disability in the UK.

Future Directions are hosting a live interactive music session on their Facebook page every Friday at 13:30.

Guide for frontline NHS staff re support of LD and autistic patients in hospital with coronavirus

Sue Kirkman has kindly sent us the following link which, although this is for NHS staff primarily, it may be useful if any of our relatives need to go into hospital:

Following NHS producing a clinical guide for frontline staff to support the management of patients with a learning disability and autism during the corona virus epidemic  they have now produced an easy read version https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/04/clinical-guide-for-staff-supporting-patients-with-a-learning-disability-autism-or-both-easy-read.pdf

Invitation to the Launch of the South Yorkshire Autism Alert Card, on Monday 2nd March

Forwarded to Sheffield Autistic Society from South Yorkshire Police:

You are cordially invited to the launch of the South Yorkshire Autism Alert Card (LD card being developed) at the Doncaster School For The Deaf, Leger Way, Doncaster DN2 6AY on Monday the 2nd of March 2020. Starting at 1.30pm for refreshments etc., with the launch at 2pm and to be closed by South Yorkshire Police Crime Commissioner at 3pm. Professionals and service users all welcome, please use the email address below to RSVP.

Please RSVP to – lifewise.booking@southyorks.pnn.police.uk