Short Breaks and National Lockdown

We have received confirmation that under the current guidance published at the weekend that Short Break services can remain open, which means that Teenage Club and Acctivate will continue to run through November. 

Unfortunately all grassroots sport has to stop from midnight tonight so we will sadly have to move ACCT Academy to online Zoom sessions in place of in-person sessions.
This Friday our fantastic coaches will be running a Football Quiz!! To join the meeting please email enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk for an invite and link. Parents welcome too!

With regards to football at Teenage Club and Acctivate, we will continue to run this as an activity but without contact and with social distancing in place. Our football coaches are very experienced and will continue to make football a fun and engaging activity regardless of the restrictions in place.

Since returning to in-person clubs we have been focusing on cleaning, hand hygiene, the use of PPE and social distancing at our clubs. With cases of Covid-19 continuing to rise this will continue to be at the forefront of our work to ensure our setting is a safe place for everyone. 

Our online provision continues to be a popular space for our members! The ACCT Minecraft server is open to all ages on Thursdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 9.45-12.15pm, our dedicated and experienced staff are on hand to support, guide and help your young people to have fun!! A laptop or PC is needed to access the server, we also have accounts that we loan out.

We have places available at our Monday evening Dungeons and Dragons Zoom session. If your teenager or young person is interested to take part please get in touch.

Parents’ Zoom Meeting

“Are you in need of some peer support?”

ACCT Parents’ Zoom Meeting, Tuesday the 3rd of November, 7pm-9pm. Join facilitators of the group Margaret Kilner (parent and trustee) and Nicola Hough (parent and manager) to share and learn.

We will be continuing with discussions around school – support, My Plans and EHCP’s and illness. How are you coping as a parent/carer? What do the new local restrictions mean for you and how are they impacting on you and your family?

Please contact enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk to register your interest and you will be sent an invitation to join the meeting along with a guide to using Zoom.

Parents’ Zoom Meeting

ACCT Parents’ Zoom Meeting, Tuesday the 20th of October, 7pm-9pm. Join facilitators of the group Margaret Kilner (parent and trustee) and Nicola Hough (parent and manager) to share and learn.

We will be continuing with discussions around school – support, My Plans and EHCP’s, illness – colds, flu and Covid, more time off. How are you coping as a parent/carer? What do the new local restrictions mean for you?

Please contact enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk to register your interest and you will be sent an invitation to join the meeting along with a guide to using Zoom.

Parents’ Zoom Meeting

ACCT Parents’ Zoom Meeting, Tuesday the 22nd of September, 7pm-9pm. Join facilitators of the group Margaret Kilner (parent and trustee) and Nicola Hough (parent and manager) to share and learn.

We will be discussing your child’s return to school. Have they settled? Illness, colds, flu and Covid. How are you coping as a parent/carer? How has your child adapted to the changes? There will also be an opportunity for those applying for secondary school places to ask any questions and get any last minute advice ahead of the application deadline.

Please contact enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk to register your interest and you will be sent an invitation to join the meeting along with a guide to using Zoom.

ACCT is Recruiting!

ACCT is looking to recruit to the following paid staff roles:

  • Casual Bank Play Workers at Acctivate Children’s Club on Saturday mornings, Teenage Youth Club on Wednesday evenings (at St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane) and Football Skills Club on Friday evenings (at Goals, 95 Norfolk Park Road), and online activities (9.30am-12.30pm on Saturday morning / 1.30pm-4.30pm on Saturday afternoon / 6pm-9pm on Monday evening / 7pm-9pm on Wednesday evening).

ACCT has been successfully delivering Acctivate and Teenage Club for a number of years. Both clubs are professionally run, well established, offer a range of activities and provide children and young people with an inclusive environment where they can be themselves, make friends, and build confidence and self-esteem.

Our Football Club has been running for 18 months. The club attracts around 12 children a week aged 7-16 years. The main focus of the club is to have fun whilst developing confidence, self-esteem and teamwork skills. The club started to provide an inclusive environment for children that are unable to access a mainstream club.

During lockdown and the Covid19 pandemic ACCT moved all provision and activities online. Some activities have been extremely successful and we are continuing to deliver our weekly Minecraft server sessions, Dungeons and Dragons Zoom sessions and Parents’ Zoom Meetings.

Successful candidates will join our friendly team and be a part of the fantastic work we do in Sheffield supporting children and young people with Asperger’s syndrome and autism.

The deadline for all the roles is 5pm on Friday 2nd October. All the information about the roles and the application forms can be downloaded below.

ACCT Parents’ Zoom Meeting

Tuesday the 8th of September, 7pm-9pm. Join facilitators of the group Margaret Kilner (parent and trustee) and Nicola Hough (parent and manager) to share and learn.

We will be discussing your child’s return to school. Have they settled? What is working and what isn’t? How are you coping as a parent/carer? How has your child adapted to the changes? We will also be talking about choosing a secondary school ahead of the application deadline.

Please contact enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk to register your interest and you will be sent an invitation to join the meeting along with a guide to using Zoom.

Thank you to the funders who have allowed us to deliver Parents’ Zoom Meetings this year, including the Aviva Community Fund and the Coronavirus Community Support Fund from the National Lottery Community Fund and UK Government.

Activities Update – Big News!

Big changes! From last Wednesday and Saturday, ACCT has started up in person clubs for the six week holidays!
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The whole ACCT team have been doing amazing work preparing to safely open. Bubbles have been established, social distancing measured out, cleaning schedules arranged, but most importantly, the same clever and creative ACCT team are there to welcome you and catch up.

We have initially offered spaces to our regular club users, and we will let you know when more spaces become available.

Acctivate Minecraft and Teenage Club Minecraft will continue to run alongside in person clubs.

However, there is no more Zoom into Acctivate or Zoom into Teenage Club. Big thanks to everyone who participated in the Zoom clubs and made them a fun and welcoming place for people to socialise. You’ll be glad to know we’re working on incorporating what we’ve learnt from the Zoom activities into the in-person clubs.

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There are still spaces available on Acctivate Minecraft, Teenage Club Minecraft and Dungeons and Dragons. Let us know if you’d like to join!

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The next Parents Meeting will be next Tuesday the 11th of August 7pm-9pm via Zoom. Drop us a line if you’d like to join in, or if you have any suggestions for future Parents Meeting topics.

And that’s a quick round up! Hopefully see you all soon.

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Warm regards,

The ACCT Team.

Parents’ Meeting – Tuesday 16th June @ 7pm

“Are you in need of some peer support through this time?”

ACCT are facilitating our third parent Zoom group and we would love you to attend. We hope you will find  this group a supportive safe space and an opportunity to check in with other ACCT parents and carers virtually.

We will be discussing a number topics including siblings and balancing the needs of our children, transitions and uncertainty. Along with practical hints and tips to navigate these difficult and confusing times.

Join facilitators of the group Margaret Kilner (parent and trustee) and Nicola Hough (ACCT Manager) on Tuesday 16th June at 7 – 9pm to share and learn.

Please contact enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk to register your interest and you will be sent an invitation to join the meeting along with a guide to using Zoom.

Kind Regards

The ACCT Team

Online Support for Parents and Carers

“Are you in need of some peer support through this time?”

ACCT are facilitating a second parent Zoom group and we would love you to attend. We hope you will find  this group a supportive safe space and an opportunity to check in with other ACCT parents and carers virtually.

We will be discussing a number topics including the damage done by forcing learning at home, special interests and coping with change. Along with practical hints and tips to navigate these uncertain times.

Join facilitators of the group Margaret Kilner (parent and trustee) and Nicola Hough (ACCT Manager) on Tuesday 2nd June at 7 – 9pm to share and learn.

Please contact enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk to register your interest and you will be sent an invitation to join the meeting along with a guide to using Zoom.

Weekly Online Activities

“Listening to my sons enthusiasm and pleasure on Minecraft this morning is so amazing. Knowing that he is able to interact in a safe way with staff from Acctivate playing along with the children is massively reassuring and gives me chance to relax doing other things and not have to monitor him constantly!! 

Thank you so much for all you are doing to support our kids and us as parents during these strange times. You are all unsung hero’s and I will be adding you to my clap on Thursday night xxx “

Teenage Club Minecraft – Every Wednesday 7pm – 9pm
Access ACCT’s dedicated server to build, mine, farm, have fun and hang out with your friends!

Zoom into Teenage Club – every Wednesday @ 7 – 9pm
Hang out with your friends and ACCT staff! Test your knowledge and have of fun!
Alex will be the Quiz Master this week!
***’Paper and a pen needed’***

Are you missing football? Get your fix on a Friday night!
Zoom into ACCT Academy – 
this Friday 8th May @ 6pm with Brad, Joe and Mike!
***Dragon’s Den!***

Acctivate Minecraft – Every Saturday 9.45am – 12.15pm
Access ACCT’s dedicated server to build, mine, farm, have fun and hang out with your friends!

Zoom into Acctivate – Every Saturday @ 10am
Arts and crafts, singing, games and more on Zoom! Lots of fun and just like sitting around the craft table! Parents and carers welcome too!!
***This Saturday 23rd May we will be making a paper chain caterpillars! You will need coloured paper or card, coloured pencils/crayons/felt pens, a pencil, glue or sellotape, scissors and a ruler***

For Teenage Club and ACCTing Out members we’re running two weekly Dungeons and Dragons sessions via Zoom. We have some availability for experienced players and those new to the game. Please email to register your interest.

All activities are led by ACCT’s dedicated staff team.
If you’d like a space, please fill out the details below and email to –enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk:

 

Session: (ie. Minecraft / Zoom – Sat 16th May)

Child’s name: 

Minecraft Username: 

For more information about ACCT’s Minecraft Server please visit our websitePlease note that a PC and Java Edition are required. ACCT have some free accounts that members can borrow, these are on a first come first serve basis.

ACCT’s Weekly Online Activities!

Teenage Club Minecraft – Every Wednesday 7pm – 9pm
Access ACCT’s dedicated server to build, mine, farm, have fun and hang out with your friends!

Zoom into Teenage Club – every Wednesday @ 7 – 9pm
Hang out with your friends and ACCT staff! Test your knowledge and have of fun!
***’Paper and a pen needed’***

“My son really enjoyed himself at the quiz last week, he was positively buzzing.  I’ve not seen him that happy in weeks.”

Are you missing football? Get your fix on a Friday night!
Zoom into ACCT Academy – 

this Friday 8th May @ 6pm with Brad, Joe and Mike!
***Talk Show Watch Party!***

Acctivate Minecraft – Every Saturday 9.45am – 12.15pm
Access ACCT’s dedicated server to build, mine, farm, have fun and hang out with your friends!

Zoom into Acctivate – Every Saturday @ 10am
Arts and crafts, quizzes, games and more on Zoom! Lots of fun and just like sitting around the craft table!
***This Saturday 16th May we will be making a friend! You will need a large piece of paper or cardboard (a piece of wall paper or a large cardboard box opened up would be good), coloured pencils/crayons/felt pens, a pencil, scissors and an adult to help***
All activities are led by ACCT’s dedicated staff team.
If you’d like a space, please fill out the details below and email to –enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk:

 

Session: (ie. Minecraft / Zoom – Sat 16th May)

Child’s name: 

Minecraft Username: 

For more information about ACCT’s Minecraft Server please visit our websitePlease note that a PC and Java Edition are required. ACCT have some free accounts that members can borrow, these are on a first come first serve basis.

Online Support for Parents and Carers

“Are you in need of some peer support through this time?”

ACCT are facilitating a parent Zoom group that we would love you to attend. We hope you will find  this group a supportive safe space and an opportunity to check in with other ACCT parents and carers virtually.

We will be discussing a number topics including emotional response, challenges of routine and practical hints and tips to navigate these uncertain times.

Join facilitators of the group Margaret Kilner (parent and trustee) and Nicola Hough (manager) on Tuesday 19th  May at 7pm to share and learn.

Please contact enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk to register your interest and you will be sent an invitation to join the meeting along with a guide to using Zoom.

Online Activities W/B 4th May

ACCT’s Online Activities this Week!

Teenage Club Minecraft – Every Wednesday 7pm – 9pm
Access ACCT’s dedicated server to build, mine, farm, have fun and hang out with your friends!

Zoom into Teenage Club – this Wednesday 6th May @ 7pm
Wednesday Night is Quiz Night!! Hang out with your friends and ACCT staff! Test your knowledge and have of fun!
***’Paper and a pen needed’***

Zoom into ACCT Academy – 
this Friday 8th May @ 6pm with Brad, Joe and Mike!
***Classic Match Highlights Watch Party!***

Acctivate Minecraft – Every Saturday 9.45am – 12.15pm
Access ACCT’s dedicated server to build, mine, farm, have fun and hang out!


Zoom into Acctivate – Every Saturday @ 10am
Arts and crafts, quizzes, games and more on Zoom! Lots of fun and just like sitting around the craft table!
***This Saturday 9th May we will be making ‘Pig letters’ and acting out the story of The Three Little Pigs! You will need an envelope (if you don’t have any then raid the recycling bin for a used one – you can stick a piece of plain paper over the address), a piece of pig coloured paper 15cm x 15cm – you can make your piggy any colour you like, be diverse! Coloured pencils/crayons/felt pens, Sellotape, glue stick, pencil, ruler and scissors***
All activities are led by ACCT’s dedicated staff team.
If you’d like a space, please fill out the details below and email to – enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk:

 

Session: (ie. Minecraft / Zoom – Sat 9th May)

Child’s name: 

Minecraft Username: 

For more information about ACCT’s Minecraft Server please visit our websitePlease note that a PC and Java Edition are required. ACCT have some free accounts that members can borrow, these are on a first come first serve basis.

ACCT Academy Football goes Online!

Dear ACCT Member,

Are you missing your Friday evenings on the football pitch? ACCT Academy is getting back in action, now online!
The coaches will be running Zoom sessions every Friday evening, between 6pm-7pm.

Here’s a look at the themes for the upcoming sessions:

  • May 1st: Welcome Back Quiz
  • May 8th: Classic Match Highlights
  • May 15th: Talk Show Night
  • May 22nd: Dragons Den

Young people will be given tasks at the end of each session to help prepare for the week after.

No kit necessary, all you need is access to the internet and to install Zoom.
Interested in joining in? Get in touch with us at enquiries@acctsheffield.org.u

ACCT’s Online Activities W/B 27/04

Teenage Club Minecraft – Every Wednesday 7pm – 9pm
Access ACCT’s dedicated server to build, mine, farm, have fun and hang out with your friends!

Zoom into Teenage Club – this Wednesday 30th April @ 7pm
Wednesday Night is Quiz Night!! Hang out with your friends and ACCT staff! Test your knowledge and have of fun!
***’Paper and a pen needed’***

Acctivate Minecraft – Every Saturday 9.45am – 12.15pm
Access ACCT’s dedicated server to build, mine, farm, have fun and hang out!


Zoom into Acctivate – Every Saturday @ 10am
Arts and crafts, quizzes, games and more on Zoom! Lots of fun and just like sitting around the craft table!
***This Saturday 2nd May we will be making ‘Masks’ from the story The Three Little Pigs and acting out the story!. You will need – A piece of card – side of a cereal or cardboard  box would do, elastic, string or wool, felt pens, crayons or coloured pencils, a pencil, a ruler, scissors and Sellotape***

ACCT Academy is back this Friday 1st May @ 6pm!!
Brad, Joe and Mike will be running a weekly Zoom meeting dedicated to the beautiful game…football!!
***’This weeks session will feature a quiz about football! A pen and paper is needed’***

All activities are lead by ACCT’s dedicated staff team.
If you’d like a space, please fill out the details below and email to –enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk:

Session: (ie. Minecraft / Zoom – Sat 25th April)

Child’s name: 

Minecraft Username: 

For more information about ACCT’s Minecraft Server please visit the page on our websitePlease note that a PC and Java Edition are required. ACCT have some free accounts that members can borrow, these are on a first come first serve basis.

Online Activities W/B 20th April

Teenage Club Minecraft – Every Wednesday 7pm – 9pm
Access ACCT’s dedicated server to build, mine, farm, have fun and hang out with your friends!


Zoom into Teenage Club – Every Wednesday @ 7pm
Quizzes, bingo, one word at a time and more on Zoom. Hang out with your friends and ACCT staff! Lots of fun!
***This Wednesday 22nd April is ‘Quiz Night’ and we will be playing ‘One Word at a Time Story’***


Acctivate Minecraft – Every Saturday 9.45am – 12.15pm
Access ACCT’s dedicated server to build, mine, farm, have fun and hang out!


Zoom into Acctivate – Every Saturday @ 10am
Arts and crafts, quizzes, games and more on Zoom! Lots of fun and just like sitting around the craft table!
***This Saturday 25th April we will be making ‘Japanese Flying Carp’ and ‘I went to Market’ word game. You will need – Cardboard tube – middle from kitchen roll or toilet roll is ideal, Coloured paper in 2 or more colours, a small piece of white paper, a black felt pen, a piece of string or wool, scissors, glue or glue stick, sellotape, a pencil and a ruler and a short stick e.g bamboo skewer***

All activities lead by ACCT’s dedicated staff team
If you’d like a space, please fill out the details below and email to – enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk:

Session: (ie. Minecraft / Zoom – Sat 25th April)

Child’s name: 

Minecraft Username: 

For more information about ACCT’s Minecraft Server please visit our websitePlease note that a PC and Java Edition are required. ACCT have some free accounts that members can borrow, these are on a first come first serve basis.

Kind Regards

The ACCT Team

Zoom into ACCTing Out Quiz Nights!

ZOOM into ACCTing Out Young Adults Group!

Monday Night is Quiz Night!! Get together with your friends on Zoom!

All you need is paper and a pen.

Every Monday from this Monday 20th April @ 7pm

To join in please email enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk with your name and the date of the meeting and we will send you details of how to join the Zoom meeting.

ACCT Online Activities

We have been working hard to develop a program of online activities that will run during the lock down period and would love your children and young people to get involved.

Weekly Activities:

Zoom into ACCTing Out – Every Monday @ 7pm
Monday Night is Quiz Night on Zoom! Hangout with your friends and dedicated ACCT staff!

Teenage Club Minecraft – Every Wednesday 7pm – 9pm
Access ACCT’s dedicated server to build, mine, farm, have fun and hang out with your friends!

Zoom into Teenage Club – Every Wednesday @ 7pm
Craft, quizzes, bingo and more on Zoom. Hang out with your friends and ACCT staff! Lots of fun!
***This Wednesday 15th April we will be making a T-Shirt Bag and a Quiz. All you need is an old T-Shirt and a pair of scissors***

 

“My son loved the Zoom session. A brilliant idea, he was so pleased to see everyone. Please do it again!”

Acctivate Minecraft – Every Saturday 9.45am – 12.15pm
Access ACCT’s dedicated server to build, mine, farm, have fun and hang out!

Zoom into Acctivate – Every Saturday @ 10am
Arts and crafts, quizzes, games and more on Zoom! Lots of fun and just like sitting around the craft table!
***This Saturday 18th we will be making ‘A wish list box of all the things we would like to do after lock down’ and playing a story game. All you need in a box, jar or container, paper and pens***

If you’d like a space, please fill out the details below and email to – enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk:

 

Session: (ie. Minecraft / Zoom – Sat 18th April)

Child’s name: 

Minecraft Username: 

For more information about ACCT’s Minecraft Server please visit our websitePlease note that a PC and Java Edition are required. ACCT have some free accounts that members can borrow, these are on a first come first serve basis.

Teenage Club and Acctivate Zoom Sessions

We are excited to launch the next phase of our online provision and will be delivering Zoom sessions this week –

  • Teenage Club on Wednesday @ 7 – 9pm

7-7.30pm – We will be making Easter Bunny Corner Bookmarks. You will need paper or thin card, pens, pencils, crayons, scissors and glue or sellotape
7.30 – Quiz by Quiz Master Matthew R!!

  • Acctivate on Saturday 11th April @ 10am 

We will be making a T-shirt bag and Easter Bunny Corner Bookmarks. You will need an old t-shirt, a safety pin or clip and scissors / paper or thin card, pens, pencils, crayons, scissors and glue or sellotape.

Sessions will be supported by our dedicated ACCT staff and volunteer team. If you’d like a space, please fill out the form below and email it to enquiries @acctsheffield.org.uk and we will send out details of how to join Zoom.

Child’s Name:
Club:

COVID-19 Update

Dear ACCT Member,

Following the latest update for schools to close at the end of the day ACCT has made the decision to cancel ACCT Academy Football Club and Acctivate this weekend along with all planned activities until further notice. Our intention was to run clubs for as long as possible to provide much needed support to our members. The safety of everyone accessing activities – children, young people, parents, carers, staff and volunteers and our colleagues at St Mary’s is our main priority.

We want to reassure members that ACCT will still be running throughout this unprecedented and uncertain time to offer you all support. We have lots of ideas to move support online and will be working hard in the coming days to set this up. We will be available via email and the club mobile, and will be sending out regular emails and posting on social media to keep you connected.

We are aware that lots of our families are already isolated and self isolating is going to extend that further, along with the increased anxiety that many of us are feeling. We are asking all of you to please reach out to us if you need support and we will do all that we can to help.

Kind Regards

The ACCT Team