Sheffield Children’s launches new autism resources and single point of access for ADHD and Autism referrals

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has launched new information resources on its website

The resources provide support for families of children with conditions such as ADHD and autism.

You can find the resources at https://www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/services/child-development-and-neurodisability/autism-home/autism-support/

New Single Point of Access (SPA) for ADHD and autism referrals

The Trust has also launched a Single Point of Access (SPA) for all ADHD and autism referrals to make sure patients and families’ needs are supported straight away and the right team is put in place for the assessment.

You can find more information about the referral process at https://www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/services/child-development-and-neurodisability/autism-home/

For further information about both of the above developments see: https://www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/news/sheffield-childrens-launches-new-autism-resources/

Let’s Get Digital event 11th March

From Kathryn Littlewood, “Sheffield Voices”:

Do you have a computer and don’t know how to you use it?
Do you want a computer and don’t know where to go to get help?
Do you worry about being safe online?
Are you a support worker and want to improve your digital skills to help people you care for connect with people online?

If you live in Sheffield City Region, why not come along to our FREE event at The Workstation Sheffield at 12pm on the 11th March 2022 and meet some great people who can help get up and running with either your own computer or help you to start thinking about getting online.

We have some FREE tablets to give away and LUNCH will be provided.

This is an event for people with learning disabilities, support workers and family who want to get connected or need some help understanding the equipment they already have.

To BOOK a place either click on this link and fill out the form https://www.sheffieldvoices.org.uk/digital

Or call us on 07734856006 or 0114 2536750

We cannot wait to see you!
Kathryn Littlewood
Sheffield Voices Manager and Training Development Manager

Burton Street seeks autistic recruits for its new choir – and Yoga to come!

Message from Andy Beeston of the Burton street Foundation

Hi there!

We have secured some extra funding recently and have a couple of projects in the works to really benefit our clients and those in the community.

Do you know anyone with autism who loves to sing? We are creating a choir that will be based at Burton Street and could really do with your help to get the word out there!

If you or anyone you know would be interested in finding out more, please email andy.beeston@burtonstreet.org.uk to get more information. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 0114 233 2908 and ask to speak to Andy for all the details.

Calling all Yogi’s!

Part of our service improvements this year have allowed us to seek a yoga teacher or therapist to work with our clients for one day a week for the foreseeable few months. If you think this is right for you, please get in touch with Andy at the same email as listed above.

Keep an eye out for more exciting developments in the coming weeks!

BBC Autism Documentary

BBC Studios is looking for people who are interested in sharing lived experience of autism for a new two-part documentary for BBC Two.  The flier is at the bottom of this post.

‘Inside the Autistic Mind’ will be presented by Chris Packham who will investigate how the autistic mind works and he will be talking with autistic people who are all at a key point in their lives.

The series will show Chris Packham learn about the ways that autistic people sense and interact with the world.
He will also introduce them to people who may be able to answer their questions about their particular experiences.

To find out more, use the form at:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/send/u98539434

If you have accessibility issues that prevent you from completing the form, please get in touch via autismseries@bbc.co.uk and alternative arrangements can be made.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/send/u98539434

Autism Peer Support for Autistic People


Health Education England (HEE)
are exploring what capabilities are required for people that become peer support workers for autistic people. These capabilities will cover the skills, knowledge and values that Peer Support workers must have to do the job.


Autism Peer Support is where autistic people use the lessons learned from their own experiences to support other autistic people. As well as their own experience they also need the knowledge skills and values to understand other people’s needs and give good support.
The aim is to improve the quality of community-based support for autistic people.


Skills for Care, the National Autistic Society, together with Sussex Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes & Hypermobility Disorders CIC (SEDS) and Resolve Development, which are both autistic led organisations, are leading the project for HEE. We need to find out what autistic people, families and other key stakeholders think those capabilities are.


To do this, we will be holding 12 online/virtual meetings in December 2021 and January 2022. There will be a maximum of 12 people per meeting to ensure everyone has a chance to have their say.



Each session will last 1 hour, and each will be jointly co-produced by an autistic person. Depending on the size of the group attending the meeting, you may be asked to participate in small group discussions. Information will be provided in advance.

Participants can be paid £15 per hour. Information about what will be discussed will be provided before the meeting.


The following options are offered to anyone who finds virtual meetings challenging or who would prefer a 1:1 chat.

– 1:1 phone call or virtual meeting
– Fill in a questionnaire


Those who use alternative communication methods will be supported to do so.

To take part, please contact Skills for Care by emailing policy@skillsforcare.org.uk or visit our web page SkillsforCare for dates & times of the meeting for you to choose and a link to the online questionnaire

 

Publication of new National Autism Strategy and other documents

Today (21st July) the government published its long awaited new “National Strategy for Autistic Children, Young People and Adults 2021 to 2026”, together with associated documents, including an easy read version of the strategy.

You can read and download the documents here:

Also in July The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee published its report “The treatment of autistic people and people with learning disabilities Fifth Report of Session 2021–22″ which you can read and download here: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/6669/documents/71689/default/