Booking for Acctivate

Can members who did NOT go to Acctivate last Saturday but would like to go next Saturday please contact Angela to book a place before Wednesday. So that after this the list can be opened to other members who attended last week. Text Angela on 07527 824034 or email

Members Contact Details

To all members,

ACCT are updating our contact details and so are requesting that ALL members email with your children’s names and an active email address we can use to contact you. (Only this information please, no other details). Even if ACCT has your details please email to confirm the address is still in use.

Thanks Admin.

Clubs Booking System


A booking system operates at both Acctiivate and Teenage Club.

If your child/young person wishes to attend the club they must sign up for the next session at the club or contact 07527 824034. If your child/young person is on the waiting list and is not offered a place they will take priority at the next club.

Both clubs are running at capacity and failure to book in may result in your child/young person being turned away if they turn up to the club.

If your child/young person has booked a place and is unable to attend please CANCEL your place so it can be offered someone else.

Thank you


Swimming at Hillsborough Leisure Pool

Sunday 26th January 5.30 – 6.30pm

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

Thank you! Friends For Children’s Charities for our Christmas Treats!

ACCT would like to thank Friends For Children’s Charities (FFCC) for kindly funding our Christmas treats activities and a special treat for our parents and carer…to follow in the New Year.  

Friends for Children’s Charities, (FFCC) are a group of 11 friends independently fundraising for local children’s charities. Last year we raised over £60,000. We are all volunteers and support smaller, volunteer led charities that are often forgotten in the shadows of the more high profile ones. With no admin costs or overheads, every penny we raise benefits local children.


FFCC create a fantastic opportunity to really make a difference to local children’s lives. Charities and children’s groups often need additional funds for a specific project, for example purchasing wheelchairs, sensory room equipment, much needed respite etc. FFCC support them using funds raised from our own events with no input from the charity.

Charities and children’s groups can request a donation from funds raised. Any charity who would like to be considered should contact Julie Pickering at


With the very generous donation of £2930 to ACCT we were able to arrange the following treats:

Despicable Me 2 Cinema Screening for all the family – On Friday 3rd January we had exclusive use of a screen in The Showroom cinema. The sound is reduced and lights on low for an Autism friendly showing.

Christmas Treat for 1 – 12 year olds at The Play Arena on Saturday 14th December
We had Soft Play and party food, The Play Arena was hired with exclusive use for ACCT families.

Christmas Treat for 13 – 19 year olds

We had a Pizza Express meal on Wednesday 18th December for our teenagers to get together, supported by staff.

Our families had a fantastic time, here is what some of them said about the activities:

  • Rhiannon loved going to Pizza Express with Teenager Club as ‘I get to hang out with my friends and eat pizza!!’ We both loved going to see Despicable Me 2, such a funny film! I loved hearing the children laughing all the way through. Rhiannon met up with her friend too. A lovely thing to do during the holidays when lots of us are stuck in the house and isolated, it’s always lovely to see ACCT friends too!
  • After 2 weeks of isolation at home over Christmas, it was fantastic to be able to take all 4 children to the screening of despicable me two. The boys loved the film, it was also a welcome ‘break’ for me, knowing that we were in ‘accepted’ company. Thank you so much xxx
  • After ten days of my 2 wee aspies boiling through my house like a kettle, it was a well deserved break to the go the cinema, they loved it. The play arena is fantastic because it’s not heaving and therefore my children don’t get overwhelmed and distressed, which they would ordinarily do, they have a wonderful time, thank you acct.
  • Both my two aspies loved their treat at play arena and went wild because there wasn’t as much noise as at busy times. Huge massive thanks from us as parents too, was great as a treat for us.
  • My boy loved the chance to run around with his friends at the Play Arena! Usually these places are too busy for him and he usually gets some degree of hassle from other kids. We enjoyed the chance to have a coffee with other parents, knowing he was safe and happy. Thank you so much.
  • We did something that we would not attempt at all normally,and so for my son it really was a very special treat ,.it was good to see him so relaxed and enjoying himself and being with other children and interacting .We also as parents enjoyed the chance to relax and talk to other parents.
  • It was fantastic to be able to go the the cinema as a family as the special screenings arranged by ACCT are the only ones where my eldest son can cope with his difficulties and us all feel a sense of acceptance from the other wonderful ACCT members. Thank you so much.
  • Both my boys loved the play arena, we also could relax in a environment we usually don’t entertain has play centres are far to busy, loud and cramped, because we used it with Acct, we felt much more relaxed knowing we was surrounded with parents that understand my children’s conditions, it was much more relaxed for both our children and ourselves. Thank you.
  • George and Harriet really loved the play arena. George finds it really hard to cope in these kinds of environments. Normally it ends in tears as its just too busy for him. He thoroughly enjoyed it this time. It was a real treat for him and us. Thank you.
  • Thank you so much for these treats, it is great to be able to go out as a family and enjoy activities in the company of other families in the same position as us and not worry about acceptance. A much needed break from the house during the holidays xx
  • We stopped going to play areas because my youngest regularly had meltdowns and behaved in Unusual ways. This meant his older brother didn’t get to go either. You can’t imagine the relief we experienced taking our boys to a play area, knowing that we didn’t have to worry about being judged if youngest had a meltdown. The fact it was fully funded meant we could attend, as a recent redundancy would have prevented us otherwise. Thank you for your generosity. It gave our family a welcome timeout.

We will be having our carers and parents activity in soon…watch this space!

Without funding from groups like FFCC we would be unable to arrange such wonderful activities that enable our members and their families to share in positive social experiences and have fun! Getting together as a group helps ACCT members support each other and share our knowledge and experiences. So thank you once again FFCC…you helped us all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

ACCT Raffle Winners


Drum roll……… and the winners are……..

ACCT’s Annual Raffle Draw (winners will be contacted directly via email/phone numbers given to collect prizes)

1st Prize WINNER 1291

A Meal for Two People, with Champagne on arrival, at The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow. Donated by The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow.

2nd Prize WINNER 2573

Kindle Fire HD Donated by Henry Boot.

3rd Prize WINNER 0543

£100 Meadowhall Voucher


Spa Passes for Two to Spa 1877 WINNER 2393

Afternoon Tea for Two at Jameson’s Cafe and Tea Room WINNER 1358

SWFC 2 Match Tickets WINNER 0248

Signed SWFC Ball WINNER 0965

SUFC 2 Match Tickets WINNER 0033

SIV Ice Sheffield Family Pass WINNER 1502

Lush vegan gift set WINNER 0906

Gift Voucher for £50 off any accessory, part or clothing or £100 off a Scooter/Motorcyle at Via Moto WINNER 0265

Gel Nails ( By Claire Dyson) WINNER 0813

Hair Cut and Finish (Taylor Taylor) WINNER 0143


Family Swim Sessions at Hillsborough Leisure Centre (SIV) WINNER 1340

Gift Sign from Evolution WINNER 0766


Thanks to Jaqueline Gilmore for drawing the winners at the meeting and all the contributors to this years prizes. A total amount raised will be announced in the fundraising update. 


Sporting Activities

ACCT are running a program of Sporting Activities over the next few months. The various activities on offer are a great way to promote confidence and self-esteem, socialise and make new friends and have fun in a supported environment, along with the physical and emotional benefits of exercise.

The following activities are available –

Teenage Bouldering Club (13 – 19 years)
Monday Evenings at The Mini Works

Acctivate Bouldering Club (7 – 12 years)
Thursday Evenings at The Mini Works

Acctivate Multi Sports Club (5 – 12 years)
Thursday Evenings in January and February at Ponds Forge
Various fun activities to include basketball, football, frisby and dodgeball.

Teenage Multi Sports Club
Thursday Evenings in January and February at Ponds Forge
Various fun activities to include basketball, football, frisby, badminton, dodgeball and invasion games.

ACCT Play-workers work together with experienced coaches to deliver these activities.

Places are limited and booking is essential. Please contact Nicola to book your child’s or young persons place on 07972221305 or email