Free Training for Personal Assistants and for Employers

Disability Sheffield are providing a programme of free training sessions for personal assistants and for employers of personal assistants during the remainder of 2019 and during January and February 2020.

The training is for:

– Anyone who receives a social care direct payment and employs their own Personal Assistants
– Anyone who is funding their own social care and employs their own Personal Assistants
– Anyone employed as a Personal Assistant for an adult over the age of 18, who is receiving social care support.

For full details see the PDF here:disability-sheffield-2019-20-training-programme-for-ie-and-pa

Supported Internships in the NHS for 16 to 24 year olds

An opportunity has arisen in Sheffield for young people (16-24 years) who have learning disabilities and / or autism  to apply for supported internships within the NHS.

We have received the following information from Clare Coyne, area manager for ‘Project Choice’:
“The programme runs for 1 school year (September to July) and is term time only.
You will be offered up to 3 placements throughout the year running, these are each 10-12 weeks long.
Each week you will spend 4 days in your work placement and 1 day in the classroom.
In the classroom you will learn about work and developing work skills and also study towards improving your maths and English.
You will be supported by a workplace mentor, project coordinator and a project manager.”

A YouTube video featuring students on a similar scheme in Hampshire is available here:

For more information about the Sheffield scheme please contact:

Clare Coyne
Project Choice Area Manager
Learning and Development
Rivermead Training Unit
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
Northern General Hospital
SheffieldS5 7AU

Tel 0114 2714985 or Mobile 07388 997 823


South Yorkshire Autism Fayre 16th and 17th September

Today (16th) and tomorrow (17th September) the South Yorkshire Autism Fayre is being held at the Magna Centre in Rotherham. EVERYONE is welcome to gain more knowledge about autism. Award winning guest speakers will be attending and there will be stalls selling products and giving information all about Autism and learning disabilities.

Sheffield Autistic Society will be there with a stall on Tuesday 17th. We hope to see you there.

For full details, see the event website:


Adult Para Netball is coming to Sheffield!

Net4All is a new section of Sheffield Concord Netball Club that is for girls with Special Educational Needs and any player with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

The sessions, starting in October, will run monthly and cost £5 for the hour, coached by Helen (England Netball Level 3 Coach) alongside a team of coaches and volunteers from the club. Players are encouraged to bring a parent/carer along to the session for just £1 extra.

Net4All really is for ALL.  New players are very welcome.

For more information see this PDF document: Net4all – Training Dates – 2019

HOLD Scheme and My Safe Home

Sheffield Autistic Society received the following message from Susan Kirkman of Sheffield Autism Partnership Board:

Hello – Following on from our meeting with David Abbey of ‘My Safe Home’ at the meeting of the Autism Partnership Board on 31st July, I am trying to get an idea of the number of people who would be willing to explore the idea of a HOLD mortgage so we can encourage housing associations to work with us. Could you put the information below on the SAS website, anywhere else you think would raise interest and ask anyone you know whether it would be something they were interested in and get back to me with their details.


My Safe Home say:”Having a complex and profound disability (excluding you from conventional employment) should never stand in the way of having your own home or living the kind of life you really want to lead. These simple beliefs lie at the heart of everything we do.

Making them happen might seem like an impossible dream but it isn’t. We really do know how to turn hopes into homes and we’ve already helped well over a thousand people buy a property that they can truly call home for the rest of their life…

Click here to read our Easy Read Guide

You will find more information about this scheme on our Housing page:

If you are interested in following this up please send your details to Susan via our message form:

Spectrum Theatre Presentation Saturday 21st September: ‘All Change’

The Spectrum Theatre Group is a local Drama Company who members are a mixture of those on the autistic spectrum and those who are not.

They are putting on their latest play ‘ALL CHANGE’ on Saturday 21st September at 7.30 at the Merlin Theatre in Nether Edge.

This is a play that the group have written.

It’s October 2040. Olivia and Joe meet again after 35 years or so , at the venue for their virtual reality ‘experience’, a birthday present from their respective children. In this lively, often funny play, which also asks some serious questions, we see them reflect on their journeys through the jungles of childhood and the teenage years. If you’ve been a teenager, or brought one up, we think you’ll enjoy it!

Spectrum Theatre is an integrated theatre group, with half its members on the Autism spectrum. Since forming in 2016, we have gained a reputation for high quality, accessible theatre. For more, please visit our website:

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite


Sheffield Carers – Opportunity to Meet with Paul Blomfield MP 1st October

Please see the attached flyer – Paul Blomfield big conversation flyer – for details of how to book yourself a place to share your views with Sheffield Central Member of Parliament and Sheffield Carers Centre Ambassador, Paul Blomfield.

Tuesday 1 October  10:30 – 11:30
Sheffield Carers Centre, Concept House, Young Street S1 4UP

Paul will be available to discuss a range of topics that are of concern to you as carers.

Sheffield City Council Consultation on Safer Travel

Sheffield Autistic Society have received this message from Frazer Kirk of Sheffield City Council:

“Sheffield City Council has produced some guidance* that is designed to help people who are involved in making transport arrangements for children or adults at risk, or who have specific needs when travelling. It is aimed at professionals, parents, carers, young people and adults at risk, to help them make informed decisions about their travel arrangements so that the experience is a safe and comfortable one. The guidance describes what safeguarding arrangements the local authority has put in place for the transport it regulates and also suggests what passengers and their carers can do, to play their part in making the travel experience a positive one.

We have already consulted with young people about the guidance and we are keen to hear from parents, carers, adults at risk and professionals about their views about the guidance – including is it helpful? did we miss anything out?

*You will find the Draft Guidance and Annexes at the link below (the same webpage as the survey)

If you could spare 5 minutes to complete our consultation survey please click on the link below, (it’s only short, 6 simple questions!)”

Law affecting young adults with disabilities ‘needs revisiting’

The following is taken from the National Autistic Society’s ‘Autism’ magazine, Autumn 2019:

Law affecting young adults with disabilities ‘needs revisiting’

“The parents of three young people with learning disabilities – two of whom are also autistic – launched legal action to challenge law surrounding welfare deputyship.

The Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice says that when an adult lacks capacity, decisions should generally be taken in their best interests, and that relatives should only be appointed welfare deputies in extreme or complex cases.

However, the families in this case argued that this frequently resulted in them being ignored, and decisions were being made by social services departments that did not consider their children’s best interests.

Following their efforts and a court hearing in March, the Court of Protection has ruled that the Code of Practice should be reconsidered, and that it should not be presumed that welfare deputyship should be granted only in the most complex cases.

This is an important legal ruling that could change the way that many important decisions about autistic adults’ care and support are made. More families may want to be appointed as welfare deputies.

The National Autistic Society welcomes this judgment, and we will work with the Government when it updates the Code of Practice to make sure it gives autistic people and their families clear guidance.”
NAS Autumn 2019

New autism and diagnosis centre in North Staffordshire

The Caudwell International Children’s Centre (CICC), which has cost £18 million to build and aims, among other things, to provide an alternative – and for some parents a much quicker – route to the diagnosis of autism in children, is now open at Keele University in North Staffordshire.

Funded initially by philanthropist John Caudwell, the centre offers a wide range of disability services for children and families, but has within it a specialised autism centre providing diagnostic assessment, intervention and support for children with ASD and their families. The  Caudwell Children Autism Service accepts referrals and provides support for children aged 4 – 11 years. Referrals are accepted from any health, education or social care professionals who know the child and family well.

Families can apply for support for funding from Caudwell Children but will need to meet the charity’s eligibility criteria.

Funding, if supported, will be for 80% of the total cost. Therefore families will need to contribute the remaining 20%.

For more information see