- Support following diagnosis
- Sheffield Adult Social Care
- Challenging Adult Social Care Decisions
- Sheffield Children Support services
- Mental Health Support
- Financial Support
- Student Support
- Employment Support
- Improved Access to Sheffield Council Services
- Sheffield Recognised Provider Scheme
- Housing and Accommodation Support
- Sheffield Guide to Independent Living
- Sheffield Adult Safeguarding Partnership
- Autism Alert Card (from South Yorkshire Police)
- Sheffield Safe Places Scheme
- Support for Carers
- Support for Older Adults
- Minority Communities Support Groups
- Other Support for Individuals (national)
(Note – In addition to the support information and links given below, you will find more links and detailed information in our Useful Links page and in our Find Out About pages.)
is available through the SAANS service – see Diagnosis
You could be entitled to support from Adult Social Services for support and services that are specific to your needs.
To get a referral to the Specialist Autism Social Work Team within Adult Services you first need to contact the Adult Social Services helpline on 0114 273 4567 and choose option 5, then option 2
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively you can write to Adult services at Howden House, Sheffield S1 2SH
Sheffield’s Independent, Safe and Well Report: Independent, safe and well 2016
“In this report we give you an overview of how we did in 2015/2016 in Adult Care and Support.”
(NB For information about the adult social care system generally in England see this page.)
In the first instance see Sheffield’s complaints procedure:
and their Sheffield Adult Social Care Complaints Procedure January 2019
Disability Rights UK says
“Each local authority in England, Northern Ireland ,Scotland and Wales has a complaints procedure. Each must publicise its complaints procedure and provide you with information regarding the action you can take if you are unhappy about the assessment or the services to be provided at the time of the care assessment or when you are informed of any charge. You should always complain to your local authority in the first instant.”
(The Mencap one is relevant not just for people with LD)
Sheffield City Council support for children with disabilities
Sheffield Autism Team – Children
We support schools and settings in order to meet the needs of social communication difficulties including autism. We also offer direct work with children and provide advice and support to parents and professionals.
Please contact Sheffield Autism Team for more information on 0114 2736412. Phone service is manned by experienced teachers from the team Monday to Thursday during term time from 1.00pm to 4.00pm.
Address: Sheffield Education Autism Team, Floor 4, North wing, Moorfoot building, Sheffield S1 4Pl
For Support in Schools and Education see Education page
ACCT (Asperger’s Children and Carers Together)
Address: St Mary’s Community Centre, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4QZ
Autism Social and Befriending Schemes
Volunteering with Hallam Union provide a wide range of clubs for people on the autistic spectrum in Sheffield and South Yorkshire.
All projects are planned and delivered by students from Sheffield Hallam who attend an Autism Awareness training day to ensure they have the information and resources they need, and where necessary DBS checks are provided. Projects are also supported and supervised by a staff member from Hallam Union.
The dates and time of each club fall in line with the university academic year so please note the main bulk of sessions will be from late January to May, there may also be some in November/December.
There are different clubs, each aimed at different age groups.
For more organisations in Sheffield which support children on the autistic spectrum and their families
Sheffield Mental Health Guide
“Sheffield Mental Health Guide is an on-line resource featuring a comprehensive searchable directory of mental health and wellbeing related services and groups in Sheffield, as well as providing other useful information and self-help resources.
The Guide contains a large directory of organisations and services, all providing support for particular issues or working in specific areas of the city. The purpose of the directory is to enable individuals to find out what is available in Sheffield and make informed choices that suit them best.”
“We have a wide choice of services available to anyone in Sheffield. These range from counselling and psychotherapy to anger management courses and workshops on topics such as emotional wellbeing and living a healthy lifestyle. You can access all our services yourself and if you’re unsure which would be most useful give us a call to talk it through.”
See the Sheffield Mind website for contact details and a full list and description of their services.
Sheffield IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)
We are a registered charity (No 1160004) providing help and support for people who have panic attacks, phobias, OCD and other related anxiety disorders. We also offer support to families and carers.
See also the charity Rethink Mental Illness
Welcome to Rethink Mental Illness. We help millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes, changing lives. Here is just a selection about what we do, and what it means for you.
Money and Mental Health is an independent charity, committed to breaking the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems. It was founded by Martin Lewis. You can download Martin’s free guide for everyone struggling with their finances and a mental health problem. It will provide useful resources whether you’re looking for advice for yourself or for someone you care about.
See also the government supported Money Advice Service for help on a wide range of financial issues
Student Support – see Education page
Employment Support – see Employment page
for autistic people and their families: Sheffield Autistic Society have been talking to people at Sheffield City Council to try and make things easier for people on the autism spectrum and have put together a guide. Please see this page for more details.
The Recognised Provider List (RPL) is set up, monitored and updated by Sheffield City Council. If you are an adult in Sheffield who is looking for packages of care and support, you can choose from the list of providers who follow a clear quality framework. The RPL aims to ensure that you receive good quality services from these providers.
In order to gain Recognised Provider status and the RPL quality mark, providers must meet a number of quality standards, including:
-clear agreements with customers
-a welcoming approach to customer comments and complaints
-considerate and respectful conduct of staff and volunteers
-a robust Adult Safeguarding Policy
Adults who purchase care and support services using their own money, or through a Direct Payment, are free to choose providers who are not included on the Recognised Provider List.
If an organisation on the Sheffield Directory is a Recognised Provider you will see the Recognised Provider quality mark logo in their entry a list of services and providers awarded the RPL quality mark can be found on the Sheffield Directory via the following link:
For further information about supported living and some local service providers see this page
Housing and Accommodation Support – see Housing page
Sheffield City Council’s Guide to Independent Living can be downloaded here:
Guide to independent living in Sheffield Jan 2017
“Our website provides a wide range of useful information and resources for members of the public and professionals who may be concerned about adult abuse or neglect. You will find general information on keeping safe and how to report concerns”: https://www.sheffieldasp.org.uk/sasp/sasp
South Yorkshire Police offer a free Autism Alert Card to help autistic people. The scheme has been developed with the help of the National Autistic Society – “The free, credit-card sized, Autism Alert cards are now in circulation to help police and other emergency services workers communicate with autistic residents more effectively, helping those on the autism spectrum feel more comfortable in what perhaps could potentially be an extremely stressful or frightening situation.”
For details of how to obtain your card see: https://southyorks.police.uk/sign-up/autism-alert-or-learning-disability-alert-card/
“Sheffield Safe Places are a network of businesses and organisations dedicated to providing temporary safe refuge and assistance for adults who find themselves in difficult situations whilst out and about.”
For more information see: https://www.heeleyfarm.org.uk/safe-places/4594634861 and https://www.sheffieldsafeplaces.co.uk/
Support for Carers – See Carers Page
There is a very useful list of links and resources on this page
Pakistan Advice Community Association (PACA)
PACA offers a monthly carers group as well as a craft group and, benefits
and housing advice. See this Sheffield Directory page
Roshni Sheffield Asian Women’s Resource Centre
Roshni runs a number of support groups and projects for Asian Women.
www.roshnisheffield.co.uk/carers_project (0114) 250 8898
Somali Mental Health (Maan)
Maan addresses the mental health and related needs of the Somali
Community in Sheffield and runs support groups for male and female
See this Sheffield Directory page (0114) 275 8556
ACAS (Advisory Conciliation & Arbitration Service)
Provision of information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent and resolve workplace problems
Tel: 0300 123 1100 (Mon-Fri 8.00am-8.00pm; Sat 9.00am-1.00pm)
Anxiety Care UK
Anxiety Care UK is a non-profit registered company based in East London that specialises in helping people to recover from anxiety disorder and to maintain that recovery. This involves helping to plan, initiate and carry through personal recovery programmes. Research shows that most sufferers are able to undertake this structured work without input from the psychiatric services, although it can be a lot easier to do with the help of a skilled recovery support worker such as can be provided by Anxiety Care UK.
Anxiety Care UK offers support which can be long or short term according to the client’s need. Locally, we offer support & recovery groups. Nationally and locally we offer support through our recovery information email service and on-line chat room.
Contact details for office administration and general information Tel: 07552 877219 or email email@example.com
Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy. They work regularly with external agencies and healthcare professionals to improve services for those living with anxiety disorders. They also campaign to raise awareness of anxiety disorders. Anxiety UK can provide support and help if you’ve been diagnosed with, or suspect you may have an anxiety condition. We can also help you deal with specific phobias such as fear of spiders, blushing, vomiting, being alone, public speaking, heights – in fact, any fear that’s stopped you from getting on with your life.
Tel: 08444 775774 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm)
BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) Register
The BACP Register provides information regarding therapists and their registration. There is also a wealth of supporting information regarding types of therapist and what they do, and how to choose the most appropriate type of therapist for you.
Tel: 04155 883344 or 01455 883393
Bipolar UK is the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. We provide a range of services to enable people affected by bipolar and associated illnesses to take control of their lives.
For practical advice you can contact us on 020 7931 6480 Mon-Fri 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder Association
Our charity is dedicated to the relief of suffering from BDD. It aims to advance education and understanding of BDD. It supports research into BDD and its treatments. Whilst we are based in the UK, our reach is international and we are proud to be the only charity for BDD in the world. The charity offers resources, self-assessments, videos, books, and other support.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
The Campaign Against Living Miserably is targeted at all men in the UK. The campaign offers men help, information and advice via a phone and web service, although anyone, regardless of age, gender or geographic location can call the line.
Tel: Nationwide 0800 585858; London 0800 802 5858
Console: The National Suicide Charity
Console aims to meet the needs of those who come to us for support, through Console’s 24/7 suicide helpline, individual and family therapy, support groups, training programmes, public awareness and suicide bereavement liaison service.
Console suicide helpline Tel: 1800 247 247 or Text HELP to 51444
At Depression Alliance we bring people together to end the loneliness and isolation of depression. We also campaign to end the stigma of depression and to raise awareness of what it means to live with it.
Or alternatively you can call us during office hours on 0207 407 7584
Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
The EHRC is responsible for monitoring and protecting human rights in Britain. It has useful advice and information about legal rights and discrimination on its website. There are also copies of statutory documents, for example, the Equality Act 2010.
First Steps to Freedom – Self Help UK
First Steps to Freedom is a registered charity which aims to help, in a practical way, those who suffer from phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (excessive washing, checking, unwanted thoughts etc.), general anxiety, panic attacks and those who wish to come off tranquillisers, together with help for their carers.
Tel: 01926 864473
Fit for Work (Employees)
Fit for Work is here to support you in work, and if you’re off sick, in a way that’s right for you. Whether you work for yourself, or an organisation, you can access our expert and impartial advice delivered by our team of occupational health professionals. You can chat on-line to a specialist advisor or speak to an advisor over the telephone.
This website also offers a browsable library of advice for different illnesses and work-related health matters.
Advice Line: 0800 032 6235
Mental Health Foundation
We are working towards a world with good mental health, and ending the inequalities that face people experiencing mental health problems, living with learning disabilities or reduced mental capacity.
Tel: 020 7803 1100
We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
Tel: 0300 123 3393 or text 86463
Mind Legal Line
Provision of legal information and general advice.
PO Box 277, Manchester, M60 3XN
Tel: 0300 466 6463 (Mon to Fri 9.00am – 5.00pm)
National Phobics Society
This website is made by a few individuals who felt that there was a need for better overall understanding of phobias and healthcare across the country. We are in no way an official organisation, but we simply want to share our thoughts, knowledge, experience and relevant news concerning phobias, diseases and healthcare in the United Kingdom.
Here you can find general information about what phobias are and how people cope with having phobias. In close relation to this we also tend to provide news about the UK healthcare system in the blog section of the website.
National Self Harm Network
The forum provides crisis support, information and resources, advice, discussions and distractions.
The on-line forum is available 24/7 and is closely monitored
Helpline: 0800 622 6000
Advice and guidance on health and social care issues, contact details for health support in your area.
NHS 111 (for non-emergencies, if you concern needs urgent emergency attention call 999)
People worried about debt, housing and unemployment can get support from the NHS Stressline. Callers will receive information and help from trained health advisers. If suffering from stress, anxiety or depression, they will be directed to a wider package of financial and mental health support services.
Tel: 0300 123 2000. It is open 8.00am-10.00pm daily.
We provide information and advice for the carers of and people with Panic, Anxiety, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and the effects of Tranquiliser withdrawal. We can provide treatment and support over the telephone so that all sufferers can be helped. Please take all information and advice in tandem with the support from your local GP.
Click here to access website Helpline: freephone 0808 808 0545
We provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD, work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and front-line healthcare workers, and strive to secure a better deal for people with OCD. We are a dedicated charity with a clear vision, solid objectives and a real understanding of OCD and the impact that it has. OCD Action is recognised as a strong voice for people with OCD, a vital source of help and the Charity that makes a real and lasting difference to anyone affected by OCD.
Helpline: 0845 390 6232
We work with, and for children and adults with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, health professionals and researchers to develop and share our experiences and knowledge to help people increase their understanding about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and to help reduce the effect of OCD on the lives of those that suffer with this debilitating illness.
Tel: 0345 120 3778 or 0845 120 3778
Overeaters Anonymous Great Britain
Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. The Twelve Steps work for anyone with any eating issues including over eating, under eating, obesity, anorexia and bulimia. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.
Tel: 07000 784985
PAPYRUS – Prevention of Young Suicide
We provide confidential support and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person. We run a national helpline, HOPELineUK, including text and email services, staffed by a team of mental health professionals who provide practical help and advice to vulnerable young people and to those concerned about any young person who may be at risk of suicide.
Helpline: HOPELinkUK 0800 268 4141 (Friday 10.00am-5.00pm and 7.00pm-10.00pm; Weekdays 2.00pm-5.00pm)
PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors)
PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors) is a project set up in 2010 as part of the charity Survivors Trauma and Abuse Recovery Trust. PODS works to make recovery from dissociative disorders a reality through training, informing and supporting.
Helpline: 0800 1814420 The helpline runs Tuesdays 1-5pm
Telephone Support: 01480 413582 Outside of the helpline hours you can telephone and leave a message and the helpline lead, Elisabeth, will get back to you when she is able to (she works Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday).
Welcome to Rethink Mental Illness. We help millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes, changing lives. We offer a range of services including, advice and information, services and groups, campaigning, awareness raising, and fundraising.
0845 456 0455
National Advice Service: 0207 843188 (Mon-Fri 10.00am-3.00pm)
Talk to us any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.
Tel: 116 123
SANE runs a national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. We are open every day of the year from 6.00pm to 11.00pm.
Tel: 0845 767 8000
Self Injury Support
Self injury Support (formerly Bristol Crisis Service for Women) is a national organisation that supports girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm.
Self injury Support run a helpline, and text support service for girls and young women up to 24 years in the UK affected by self-harm. They are open Sun-Fri 7-9pm
Text us on 0780 047 2908 If you don’t know how to start talking, just text or email “hello”. Texts and emails will be replied to within 24 hours during opening times.
CASS – Women’s Self-injury Helpline 0808 800 8088
Time to Change
Mental Health problems are common, but nearly nine out of ten people who experience them say they face stigma and discrimination as a result. This can be even worse than the symptoms themselves. Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
Tel: 020 8215 2356
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice. We also provide expert knowledge to professionals, parents and young people through our Parents’ Helpline, on-line resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.
Parents’ Information Service: 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.00pm)