Job Vacancies

NHS England and NHS Improvement – North East and Yorkshire
are looking to recruit a Learning Disability and Autism Network Manager. For details see:

Sheffield United Football Club
“We are currently advertising for a Disability Support Officer post at SUFC. More details about the vacancy can be found on the Club website here: Would it be at all possible for you to circulate the vacancy amongst any contacts or onto any persons that you think might be interested in applying. It is a really exciting opportunity and we are looking for a candidate who is really passionate about the role and in making the Club more accessible for all. In the meantime if you would like more information about the role then please feel free to contact me. Thank you.”
Liz McGrael
Equality Diversity and Inclusion Manager
Sheffield United FC
Bramall Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S2 4SU.
Please note my usual working days are Wednesday and Thursday


Consultation on Sheffield Adult Social Care Review

Sheffield City Council are having a consultation on the Adult Social Care review/strategy, this commences on Monday 28th Sept 2020 via Citizenspace.

By you taking part in this review it will help us to improve our adult social care in Sheffield.

We want to make sure Sheffield is a city for all ages, where everyone can get the right support to help them live the kind of life they want to live.

We want to hear from as many people as possible, and we want local people to help us design how things will look in the future.

Why do we need you?

We don’t have all the answers. We need your wisdom, experience, and knowledge to help design our services in future. We want you to challenge our thinking, help look for solutions and really make adult social care in Sheffield the best it can be.

For more information download our

Fighting for Your Rights to Support in Lockdown – from the NAS

A statement by the National Autistic Society:
“What we’re doing during the coronavirus crisis to safeguard your rights.”

Also from the NAS -Tips for Autistic People and Families

New Virtual Groups starting October – Carers Outreach Project

Two new virtual groups are starting in October, see posters below.

Organised and hosted by the Carers Outreach Project, Sheffield Mencap and Gateway.

  • A FUN and INCLUSIVE virtual Christmas choir.
  • A monthly virtual Coffee Mornings, meet new people and listen to relevant guest speakers.

Both groups adults with learning disabilities and autism and their carers across Sheffield.For more information and to collect your ZOOM code please contact the Carers Outreach Project Workers:
Katie: 07447 391437 / Ellie 07735 316347

Or visit:




Workshops on Support for Family Carers to make Plans for the Future.

Forwarded from the SAPAG Group, Sheffield:

Learning Disability England in partnership with Together Matters are running two workshops on support for family carers to make plans for the future. It would be great if you could share them with anyone who would be interested!

Session 1: 22nd September 10am

Session 1 will be an introduction to planning for the future based on the Thinking Ahead guides going through the different parts of the jigsaw that help families to have conversations and take steps in the areas important to them as a family.

More info and sign up here

Session 2: 2nd October at 10am

The second workshop will build on the first one with a focus on making a plan for emergencies. It will cover the gathering of essential information and how to begin to develop a network of people who might be able to help out.

more info and sign up to session 2 here.

These workshops will be addressed to family carers of adults with a learning disability and/or autism to introduce ideas to help get started with planning for the future. People who support this group of family carers, including older family carers, and those who commission support for family carers are also welcome.

Many thanks

Rachael Hall
Membership and Engagement Lead
Learning Disability England
JMS Trust

 For all enquiries please ring the office on 0300 111 0444

Autism Plus Employment Support

New FREE Remote Employability support for adults with Autism (South Yorkshire)

If you have autism, live in South Yorkshire and need help to find work, Autism Plus have launched a new free service offering one to one employment support.The sessions are delivered by video call and include an initial phone call to discuss your needs and support you to get online.

If you have any questions or would like to refer yourself or someone else to the service you can contact: or call Emily on 07471996603.

South Yorkshire Autism Fayre 2020

(Forwarded from Sparkle Sheffield and Sheffield NHS CCG)

South Yorkshire Autism Fayre
2020 is online!
Last year Sparkle Sheffield, along with our trading arm of Autism Union, held the South Yorkshire Autism Fayre at Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham. It was a roaring success with over 20 speakers and 40 stands that brought in over 500 members of the public and professionals alike to share knowledge and information, provide services and products to delegates from South Yorkshire and wider afield.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 and it’s ongoing implications, we are unable to host the event in person again this year.

But do not worry – we’re going digital!

The South Yorkshire Autism Fayre 2020 will be completely online – that means everyone across the country (or the world!) can attend the event and listen to the multitude of fantastic speakers that we have lined up for you.
The fayre will take place on the following dates via Zoom sessions:

  • Sunday 13th September
  • Monday 14th September
  • Tuesday 15th September
  • Wednesday 16th September

And a very special Kids Day on Sunday 20th September!

Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with everything we have going on!

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

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

If you have any other questions about the survey please contact Annie Field at

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.