Government announce new measures to improve care for people with autism and learning disabilities

The measures include a new working group for learning disabilities and autism, and funding specialist advocates to review the care of patients in segregation or long-term seclusion. The care of every patient in segregation or long-term seclusion will be reviewed as part of plans to improve the model of care for autistic people and people with learning disabilities.

For this story published 21 May 2019 by the Department of Health and Social Care see this webpage.

New Services for Young Carers in Sheffield

Sheffield Autistic Society have received the following from Laura Selby, Deputy Manager, Sheffield Young Carers:

“Our services: We’re really pleased to announce that we’ve secured new funding and now offer the following services:

· Support for young people One year of respite and resilience building for children and young people aged 8-25 living in Sheffield who are:
– caring for someone in their family who has a physical illness, a mental illness or a disability and/or
– are affected by drug and alcohol issues in their family (this support was previously known as WAM)

This includes one-to-one and group support, advocacy, training, bridging into other specialist services, and school holiday activities/residentials. All our services are free of charge. Further details here.

· Support for adults being cared-for by a young carer in their family. This service includes one-to-one support, advocacy, group training opportunities, and social/peer support sessions, with the aim of reducing the impact of caring on their child.

· The Young Carers Activity Fund: A £300 fund for individual or groups of young carers aged up to 18 who don’t want or can’t access our service to get a break from their caring role.

Referrals: To refer a young person to our organisation, they must want and be involved in the referral. Young people/families can also self-refer. Full details and our new referral form are available here. (Please note: We currently have a five month waiting list but are working through this as quickly as we can).

Job opportunities: We’re also recruiting for three posts. Full details and application packs are available here.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.”

With best wishes,
Laura Selby
Deputy Manager
Sheffield Young Carers
Sheaf Bank Business Park,
Unit R7b, Riverside Block
20 Prospect Road, Sheffield, S2 3EN

Tel: 0114 258 4595
Mobile number: 07854 977 304

Opportunity to take part in research into autism and aging.

Sheffield Autistic Society have received the following from Hannah Taylor of Sheffield Hallam University –

Participants required for an MSc Occupational Therapy Research Project: How do older adults on the autism spectrum experience the transitions typical in older age?

The purpose of this research is to explore how older adults (60+) on the autism spectrum experience the transitions and changes that occur as we age. Such ‘transitions’ may include retirement, changes in physical health or needing to change accommodation.
Existing research has largely focused on the ‘transitions’ younger people on the autism spectrum may experience – such as moving up to secondary school. However there is currently limited research on the experiences of older adults on the autism spectrum and the changes/transitions that may occur as we get older.

It is hoped that this research project could suggest ways in which occupational therapy could better support the needs of older adults on the autism spectrum in the future.

Who can get involved?

I am looking to recruit individuals on the autism spectrum aged 60+ who will be willing to talk to me about their experiences.

What will happen if I take part?

You will be required to be interviewed by myself about your experiences of getting older and any changes that have occurred.
You will not be made to talk about anything you do not want to. You will be provided with an itinerary of the interview process and examples of the topics that will be discussed before any interview takes place. The interviews will be conducted at a mutually agreed time and appropriate location.

All interviews will be recorded and transcribed for the research project. Your identity will be anonymised and all recordings and transcripts will be kept in a secure location.

You will not be paid for taking part in this research, but copies of the final research will be made available to you.

If you are interested in taking part and/or want to find out more information about this research project, you can contact me by email at:

This research has been granted ethical approval from Sheffield Hallam University.

Autism Week Film Showing / Extension of Art Exhibition

In celebration of Autism Awareness week, two of Sheffield Hallam’s PhD students, Katrina Fleming and Thomas Price, are hosting a free showing of the film that depicts the life of Temple Grandin. This will be accompanied by a discussion and tea and cake. All are welcome.

This is taking place 1-4pm on Wednesday 3rd April at Sheffield Hallam’s City Campus.

Please do pass the invitation on to anyone who may wish to attend.

Information and signing up to attend can be found at

Sarah Sharpe’s Mother and Child Art Exhibition at the Circle, Rockingham Lane (see earlier News item) has been extended for a further month to the end of April. It is free to go in and open Mon – Fri 9am-5pm

Government Consultation on the Autism strategy

Review of the National Autism Strategy

“In April 2014 the government published ‘Think Autism’, a strategy for meeting the needs of autistic adults in England. The strategy supports the Autism Act 2009.

This year the Department of Health and Social Care, working with the Department for Education, will review the strategy and extend it to cover children as well as adults.

To help us do this, we want to hear about people’s experiences of care and support.

This call for evidence is for England only. It will be of particular interest to:

  • autistic people – adults, children and young people
  • their families
  • their carers
  • organisations and professionals that provide care and support to autistic people or work with autistic people

We will use the results to find out where people think progress has been made and where more needs to be done in the future.

It is aimed at finding out what is working and where progress has been made and importantly where we need to push harder to transform the lives of autistic people, their families and carers.”

The call for evidence can be accessed online at the following link and is open for responses until 16 May 2019.

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!