ACCT Membership

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Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of Asperger’s Children and Carers Together (ACCT). ACCT is a friendly charity led by parent-carers of autistic children and young people. We run activity groups and support activities for autistic children and young people, for parent-carers, and for the whole family.

All of our support group activities are free to access. The first step is to become a member of ACCT, which is also free of charge. To join ACCT, please complete this Membership Form and send it to enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk.

Once you are a member, you can select the activities that your child(ren) or you want to access. We will also add you to our email mailing list and send updates on activities and booking details.

Acctivate and Teenage Club
Our Saturday morning
Acctivate session and Wednesday evening Teenage Club are commissioned by Sheffield City Council as ‘Short Breaks’ clubs. This means that, to access places at Acctivate or Teenage Cub, you have to be referred to ACCT by Sheffield City Council.

Families can only access one Sheffield City Council short break service, so if you access another short break, you would have to transfer from this provider to ACCT. Similarly, if you have accessed the Short Break Grant this year, you may have to wait until you can be referred to ACCT.

To be referred, or for more information about this process, you should contact the Early Help Prevention Team (SNIPS) at Sheffield City Council on 0114 2930218. We have been advised that applications for referral will be processed by the local authority within 35 days and without issue. Please do let us know if you have any questions about this.

Football, Minecraft, Dungeons and Dragons, Parents’ Meetings, Family activities
All of our other groups and activities are open to self-referrals so you can join these sessions and book places by contacting us directly. This includes our Football coaching, Minecraft and Dungeons & Dragons groups, and our Parents’ Meetings. To book a place, contact enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk to tell us which activity or activities you’re interested in so we can book you in, subject to spaces being available.

More information about all our activities is available on this website. Our members’ email mailing list sends out regular updates on our activities and events.

ACCT sessions are supported and facilitated by trained and experienced ACCT staff and volunteers. Sessions are suitable for autistic children and young people with or without a diagnosis who are able to manage their own personal care needs without needing significant help. Our in-person activities are generally not suitable for autistic children and young people with moderate to severe learning disabilities. If you’re unsure about whether ACCT would be suitable for your child, please get in touch. Due to Covid-19, our in-person groups are running at a lower capacity with additional cleaning and social distancing measures in place.

Briefly, the activities ACCT currently offers are:

  • Acctivate – multi-activity in-person group for autistic 5-12 year-olds held on Saturday mornings (9.45am-12.15pm). Places available through Sheffield City Council’s referral process.
  • Teenage Club – multi-activity in-person group for autistic teenagers aged up to 18, held on Wednesday evenings (7-9pm). Places available through Sheffield City Council’s referral process.

  • ACCT Academy Football Coaching (in-person) – Friday evenings (6 -7pm) at Goals on Norfolk Park Road. Book a place by contacting ACCT.

  • Minecraft Club (Online groups) – facilitated by ACCT staff and run through a private server. For any age. Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. ACCT has guest logins available for participants who don’t have their own. Book a place by contacting ACCT.

  • Dungeons and Dragons (Online groups) – facilitated by ACCT staff and run over Zoom. For teenagers and young adults. Every Monday evening or Saturday afternoon. Book a place by contacting ACCT.

  • Parent-Carer Meetings – ACCT runs fortnightly meetings, on Tuesday evenings, via Zoom, for peer support, information sharing and discussion of topics of interest and importance to parent-carers of autistic children and young people. Book a place by contacting ACCT.

We also offer additional family activities through the year, such as Autism-friendly swimming and family days out (both Covid-permitting) and pantomime trips, training and workshops for parent-carers, and our ACCTing Out young adults social group (not currently running due to Covid). Make sure you are signed up to our members’ email list so you will get to hear about these events and activities. You are welcome to access more than one service!

There’s a lot of information there, so just to summarise, if you would like to access any ACCT activities, the next steps are:

1) Become an ACCT member by completing the Membership Form and sending it to enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk

2) Decide which ACCT activities you’re interested in.

3) If you would like to access Acctivate or Teenage Club contact the Sheffield City Council Early Help Prevention Team on 0114 2930218 to request a referral.

4) If you would like to access anything else, contact us at enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk

Best wishes,

The ACCT Team