Thankyou to The Sportsman Rock Bar!

ACCT would like to thank The Sportsman Rock Bar for hosting a fundraising event, ACCT Rocks Rebels Reunion on November 17th raising a huge £415.92! 

Thankyou also to ACCT fundraiser and member Marianne Hinchliffe for volunteering so much time into getting this event organised and advertised. Well done to all the volunteers who made cakes and volunteered at the event. It was a huge success and we hope to arrange more in the future. 



Starting in January, ACCT are running bouldering sessions for young people aged 12 to 19 at the Climbing Works, off Abbeydale Road.

 Bouldering is like climbing, but on a much shorter wall, which means climbing ropes don’t need to be used. Instead the floor is heavily padded. The young people will be doing the activity in small groups with qualified instructors and ACCT staff on hand to offer support.

 To express interest in this activity please call Emma on 07527 824034. Places for bouldering will be allocated in early January, so if your child is interested in this activity, please sign up with Emma by December 20th 2012.

Challenging Behaviour Workshop

Parent’s Meeting Thursday 6th December  7.30pm – 9.30pm at St. Mary’s Community Centre

Emma (ACCT’s Project Coordinator) is running a workshop looking at how to manage

challenging behaviour. Come along and share strategies with other parents and learn some

new behaviour management techniques. Hopefully you will go away with some new

strategies to try and maybe even a new way of looking at challenging behaviour!

Christmas drinks and nibbles will be provided!

ACCT Family Days Out

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Thursday 3rd January 2013, 9.45am – 12pm

At the Showroom, 15 Paternoster Row.

The event is for our exclusive use and for the whole family. There will be no ACCT staff present and children will remain the responsibility of their parents/carers throughout the session and must be accompanied at all times.

The screening will be autism friendly, the lights will be dimmed and sound reduced and a room will be available for anyone needing a break.

The kiosk will be open for anyone wishing to purchase refreshments

To book places please contact Nicola on or 07972221305

Text Giving – to make a donation to ACCT text ‘ACCT06’ followed by £ and the amount (1 – 10) and send to 70070

ACCT Family Days Out

Swimming at Hillsborough Leisure Pool

Sunday 2nd December 5.15 – 6.15pm

This session is for our exclusive use and for the whole family. There will be no ACCT staff present and children will remain the responsibility of their parents/carers throughout the session and must be accompanied at all times.

Please check their web site for details of child to adult ratios – or ring them on 0114 2312233. Please be aware a strict swimwear policy is in place at Hillsborough Leisure Pool.

To book places please contact Nicola on or 07972221305

Text Giving – to make a donation to ACCT text ‘ACCT06’ followed by £ and the amount (1 – 10) and send to 70070


ACCT Family Days Out

Cinderella Pantomime

Saturday 8th December 2012 at 2pm

Lyceum Theatre, Tudor Square

This event is a family day out and there will be no ACCT staff present. Children will remain the responsibility of their parents/carers at all times.

Please sign up at Acctivate or contact Nicola on 07972221305 or email

There are a limited number of tickets and we will offer them on a first come first served basis. If you sign up and are unable to attend please notify us as soon as possible so we can offer the tickets to another family.

Text Giving – to make a donation to ACCT text ‘ACCT06’ followed by £ and the amount (1 – 10) and send to 70070

Music and Movement Session

ACCT is running a trial session for a group for children under 5 years and their parents. Children who are home-schooled are also very welcome. The session will be based around different types of transport. There will be music, movement and making activities, plus singing and games.

The session will be at St Mary’s church hall, on Tuesday 27th November, 12:45 – 3:00pm. (It’s OK to arrive late/leave early if you have other commitments)

Thankyou Bummit and Sheffield RAG for this amazing donation

ImageAt our AGM some lovely people from the Bummit Committee (charity hitchhike) came to present ACCT with this cheque for £9750 raised through the Bummit event by students from Sheffield Raising and Giving. This donation will have a huge impact on ACCT and enable us to continue supporting families and children from across Sheffield. 

Nicola Hough and Tracy Woolhouse (fundraising committee) also attended the ‘Meet the charities’ event at Sheffield University to talk to some of the students taking part in the Bummit Hitchhike about what the donation means to ACCT and how the charity supports it’s members. 



Teenager Club Swimming Trip

On Wednesday November 21st ACCT Youth Club are going swimming at Ponds Forge. This is a staffed trip, so parents/carers do not need to attend.

We are meeting at 5.15pm in the main reception area at Ponds Forge. We will be finished at around 7.30pm.

Please ensure your child brings appropriate swimwear, a towel and £1 for a locker. If your child will need any assistance getting ready before and after swimming, please speak to Emma. Please note, this trip will have the same staffing levels of teenager club, so unfortunately we are not able to support children on this activity who are not reasonable swimmers.

It is essential to book your child onto this activity if they wish to attend, as place are limited.

To book, speak to Emma at Youth Club or contact her on 07527 824034. You will then need to complete a consent form for the trip, and if relevant, provide additional medical information.


Booking a place at Teenager Club

Youth Club is becoming really popular and it’s great to see so many young people enjoying the activities! 


Up until now we have been able to welcome everyone who turns up on the day but as Youth Club has become more popular we will need to introduce a booking system.  This is to ensure that we meet out health and safety conditions and have enough staff to run the sessions.    


From the next Youth Club session on Wednesday 14th November please could you book a places for your child(ren) to come to Acctivate so we can keep track of numbers?   


You can book a place at the previous Youth Club, or by ringing or texting Emma on 07527 824034.   If Emma is not available please leave a message with:


  • your name
  • number
  • the names of the children who would like to come to the next Youth Club.


Emma will call you back to confirm places for the next session.


If you book a place and then find you can’t come to the session, please let Emma know as soon as possible. We appreciate that some children decide at the last minute whether they would like to come to Youth Club, if this is the case, please either book a place then cancel it, or ring on Wednesday to find out if there are places available.


If you come to a session without booking, your child may be able to stay if there are spaces available.  However, if there are not spaces available we will unfortunately have to turn you away.


We hope that this new system will help us manage Youth Club and that young people will be able to come as often as they want to.  If you have any questions about the new booking system, please speak to Emma.


We would love to be able to offer Youth Club every week but unfortunately we do not have the funding to do so.


ACCT Sports Club

Beginning on Tuesday November 6th ACCT are running a Sports Club at Ponds Forge. The club will run on November 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and December 4th.

The clubs are a fun, friendly and informal chance for the teenagers to get some exercise and have fun at the same time!

The club will run for one hour, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Please arrive five minutes before the club is due to start. part.

The club will be run by a qualified sports coach, and ACCT staff will be on site to support the children to take part, so parents do not need to stay on site. However, if parents would like to stay on site, there is a viewing area, or you can come and get involved in the activity!

To book, speak to Emma at Teenager Club or contact her on 07527 824034. 

ACCT Jumble Sale Saturday 3rd November

ACCT Jumble Sale 3rd Nov 11am til 1pm at Endcliffe Methodist Church , Ecclesall Rd. So get sorting your toys, clothes, dvds books and bric a brac and bring them along!

We also would be very happy to receive donations of baked goods on the morning of the sale .

AND…… volunteers are urgently needed on the day to serve refreshments, sell jumble, set up and clear away.


Anyone wishing to donate Jumble, cakes or themselves to help on Saturday 3rd November, need to use the entrance on Neill Road (blue door, ring the bell for entry) before 10.45am. Many thanks in anticipation!