Ruth Bright Mini Series of Webinars

We are excited to welcome back Ruth Bright from Bright Futures Consultancy to deliver a new mini series of webinars.
The first webinar in the series is – 

  • What to do if you do not get the college you want named on the EHC Plan and what to do if the LA fail to give you a new plan by this deadline. 31st March deadline!!

Join us for this informative webinar that will give you the tools you need to successfully secure the right college place for your young person. Ruth will be on hand to answer your questions.

Tuesday 29th March @ 12:30 – 13:15pm, plus 15 minutes to answer your questions on Zoom.

Dates for your Diary –

  • Applying for an EHCP/ MYTHS presented by schools/ LAs

On Tuesday 5th April @ 12:30 – 13:15, plus 15 minutes for questions

  • My Plans and why it really makes a difference getting an EHCP (the legal differences)

On Tuesday 12th April @ 12:30 – 13:15, plus 15 minutes for questions

  • Question and Answer Session (all completely led by ACCT families). Have all of your questions about EHCPs and more answered by expert Ruth

On Tuesday 19th April @ 12:30 – 13:30

Please email enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk to request your place. An invite and Zoom link will be sent out via email prior to each webinar and workshop.

ACCT is Recruiting: Football Coach Job Opportunity

ACCT is looking for a new Football Coach to join our fantastic team at ACCT Academy Football Club.

Job summary:

We are looking to recruit an energetic, friendly and fun individual who is passionate about providing quality support and football coaching for young people. The role would be suitable for someone with prior experience working in football and sport.

As a Football Coach you will be committed to improving the lives of Autistic children and young people in the Sheffield area. We need you to be open minded, empathic, understanding and patient, have a positive attitude, and be willing to learn.

Principal Duties

  • Assist in the planning and delivery of football sessions that are fun, teach teamwork, social and football skills, focusing on confidence and self-esteem
  • Engage participants to take full advantage of these sessions, provide support around the additional needs they have as a result of their Autism
  • Assist in developing and promoting an autism friendly environment with particular attention to routine, communication strategies and the physical environment
  • Work closely with and the Head Football Coach and other coaches as part of a team
  • To work closely with parents and carers
  • To ensure the participant’s needs are being met
  • To manage the children and young people’s behaviour positively, with the support of other staff and volunteers
  • Adhere to health and safety legislation and ACCT’s policies and procedures
  • To take responsibility for safeguarding the children and young people during activities
  • To take responsibility for managing volunteers during the session
  • Assist with other aspects of ACCT’s activities where appropriate
  • To undertake training where appropriate
  • To ensure all children receive a high standard of care at all times

Location: Sheffield, S2

Remuneration: £10.00 – £12.00 p/h (depending on experience)

Hours: 1.75 hours on Friday evenings (alternate), 17:45 – 19:15pm plus 15 minutes  for planning

Closing Date: Friday 11th March2022 at 5pm

Interviews: Wednesday 16th March 2022

Training and Induction: Thursday 24th March 2022

How to apply: Fill in an application form, paying attention to the requirements of the job as detailed in the role description and person specification. All documents are available to download here –

Football Cancelled Tonight

Due to the forecast and weather warnings in place for today, we have made the decision to cancel tonight’s ACCT Academy Football Session. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

ACCT AGM Thursday 10 February, 7-8pm

We would like to invite you to the ACCT Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will be held online via Zoom on Thursday 10 February 2022, from 7pm to 8pm.

The AGM is a really important event in the calendar for our charity. It is a meeting open to every member of ACCT, where we present the annual report and financial accounts of the year 2020-21, elect trustees to govern the charity, and discuss plans for the year ahead.

There will be chances to ask questions and join a discussion if you’d like to, but equally, it’s absolutely fine to join the Zoom and just listen or even have us on in the background while you’re doing other things!

We hope you’ll be able to join us. An agenda, minutes and our annual report are all available to download here:

We elect trustees at the AGM, but trustees can join the ACCT board at any time during the year. Trustees are members like you who volunteer some time to help lead and guide the charity by attending four board meetings per year and discussing what ACCT does and how we do it. We’re always happy to hear from anybody who would be interested in joining the board as a trustee, so if you’re interested in finding out more, please email us at enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk. Or come along to the AGM and get an idea of what’s involved!

If you would like to join us at the AGM, all ACCT members have received the Zoom details via email. If you haven’t had this and would like to join us, please email enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk

Subject to Change Drama Club

Theatre makers Forced Entertainmentand ACCT are running a weekly drama club for neurodiverse young people aged 12 to 16 years.

  • A change to be yourself and be together in a fun, creative and safe space
  • We will play games, costume, words, music and videos
  • Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary

View our flyer here – Page 1 / Page 2

Please contact enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk for more information and to register your interest

Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8pm at St Mary’s Community Centre. 

‘It has been a delight to witness (my son) literally skip into the building
and see how confident and authentically himself he is when I pick him up.’ 

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ACCT Academy Football Club!!!


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  • A fun and inclusive session
  • All abilities welcome
  • Learn new football skills
  • Make friends
  • Improve confidence and self esteem
  • Improve social, communication and functional skills
  • Siblings welcome
  • A place to be yourself 
  • Ages 7-12 and 13-19 years

Please join our fantastic football coaches Brad, Sean, Niall, Alison and Kor every Friday 6 – 7pm @ Goals Sheffield.

 For more information and to book a place for your young person please email enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk


‘ACCT Academy has enabled three of my sons to access an out of school activity, where they are understood and nurtured in a safe environment.
They love to play football, but sometimes react to situations in a different way to a child who is neurotypical. The specialist staff are equipped to deal with all the situations, and understand the difficulties they have.
ACCT Academy has raised their self esteem enormously, and has helped them to regulate their emotions.’

ACCT is Recruiting!

ACCT is looking to recruit an energetic, friendly and fun individual who is passionate about providing quality support and activities for Autistic young people. The role would be suitable for someone with prior experience working in Education, Psychology, Speech and Language, Occupational Therapies or similar.

As a Playworker you will be committed to improving the lives of Autistic children and young people in the Sheffield area. We need you to be open minded, empathic, understanding and patient, have a positive attitude, and be willing to learn.

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Principle Duties:

  • Support young people to take part in the different activities ACCT offers
  • Engage participants to take full advantage of these sessions and provide particular support around the additional needs resulting from Autism.
  • Assist in developing and promoting an autism friendly environment with particular attention to routine, social and communication strategies, and the physical environment
  • To work closely with parents and carers
  • To ensure the participant’s needs are being met with a focus on wellbeing
  • To manage the young people’s behaviour positively, with the support of other staff and volunteers
  • Help young people to better understand their autism and behaviour
  • Adhere to health and safety legislation and ACCT’s policies and procedures
  • To take responsibility for safeguarding the young people during activities
  • To take responsibility for managing volunteers during the session
  • Assist with other aspects of ACCT’s activities where appropriate
  • To undertake training where appropriate
  • To ensure all children receive a high standard of care at all times

Location:  Sheffield, S2

Remuneration:  £10.00 – £12.00 p/h (depending on experience)

Hours: 3 hours on Wednesday evenings, 18:30 – 21:30pm

Closing Date:  Friday 4th February 2022 at 5pm

Interviews:  W/B 14th February 2022

How to apply: Fill in an application form, paying attention to the requirements of the job as detailed in the role description and person specification. All documents are available to download here –

If you have any specific questions not answered by the job pack or information on our website, please contact enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk

ACCTIVATE CANCELLED

Due to the heavy snow and forecast for snow most of the day, todays Acctivate session is cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Parents’ Zoom Meeting

Tuesday the 16th of November, 7pm-9pm.

Join facilitators of the group Margaret (parent and trustee) and Nicola Hough (parent and manager) to share and learn.

Peer support and discussions will include school support, managing anxiety, EHCP’sand much more. If you require information and support please join us. 

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

Tuesday the 2nd of November, 7pm-9pm.

Join facilitators of the group Margaret (parent and trustee) and Nicola Hough (parent and manager) to share and learn.

Peer support and discussions will include school support, managing anxiety, EHCP’sand much more. If you require information and support please join us. 

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

Tuesday the 19th of October, 7pm-9pm.

Join facilitators of the group Margaret (parent and trustee) and Nicola Hough (parent and manager) to share and learn.

Peer support and discussions will include school support, managing anxiety, EHCP’sand much more. If you require information and support please join us. 

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

Tuesday the 5th of October, 7pm-9pm.

Join facilitators of the group Margaret (parent and trustee) and Nicola Hough (parent and manager) to share and learn.

Peer support and discussions will include back to school, managing anxiety, EHC Plans and school support, Sheffield schools and much more. 

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.

ACCTing Out Young Adults Group

We are pleased to be able share our proposed events calendar for ACCTing Out that covers the next few months up to Christmas! 

ACCTing Out is for young adults, 18+ and we would love for your young person to get involved.

The aim of the group is to provide support, social opportunities and build on and develop life, social and communication skills to boost confidence and self-esteem. Groups are supported by ACCT’s trained staff.

Activities are fortnightly on Tuesday evenings. Please make a note of all the dates, and let us know which meets you are interested in. If anyone needs any further advice or has specific requirements for any of these please let us know. Please also note the dates that bookings close for each event.

If you would like further info on any of these outings please email enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk


⛳ ADVENTURE GOLF & SOCIAL @ PARADISE GOLF
Forget crazy golf – this is adventure golf! Two 18-hole indoor courses set amidst a tropical paradise at Valley Centertainment  – the ideal evening out with a difference!
WHEN: Tuesday 28th September, 6.30-8.30pm
WHERE: Paradise Golf, Valley Centertainment, Sheffield S9 2EP – meet at Sheffield Station Tram Stop at 6.00pm (or at Centertainment at 6.30pm)
WHO: Sera and Dan
COST: Suggested Voluntary Contribution – £10 
* Bookings close 8pm, Sunday 26th September



🎞️ CINEMA TRIP – NO TIME TO DIE 
In No Time To Die, James Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up, asking for help.
WHEN: Tuesday 12th October, 6.30pm (precise time TBC)
WHERE: The Light Cinema. The Moor, Sheffield S1 4PF – meet in the foyer
WHO: Sera and Dan
COST: Suggested Voluntary Contribution – £10
* Bookings close 8pm, Sunday 26th September 


🍕 MEAL & SOCIAL @ PIZZA EXPRESS
Pizza Express has become one of our regular haunts! Always a lovely visit, great food and nice atmosphere… smiles on faces, and sauce on our t-shirts!!
WHEN: Tuesday 26th October, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Pizza Express, St Paul’s Place, Sheffield S1 2PT – meet outside
WHO: Sera and Dan
COST: Suggested Voluntary Contribution – £10
* Bookings close 8pm, Sunday 23rd October


🍔 MEAL & SOCIAL @ CHURCH TEMPLE OF FUN
Church Temple of Fun has a 100% vegan bar and  kitchen, serving up delicious ‘vegan junk food’ alongside an arcade that includes Playstation gaming pods, retro machines and a pool table.
WHEN: Tuesday 9th November, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Church – Temple of Fun, 4 Rutland Way, Sheffield S3 8DG – meet outside
WHO: Sera and Dan
COST: Suggested Voluntary Contribution – £10 
* Bookings close 8pm, Sunday 7th November


🎄 BOWLING & CHRISTMAS SOCIAL @ LANE7 🎄
ACCTingOut early Christmas get together! We always have a fab time at Lane7 and so for Christmas we’ve decided to do a little extra with added food and drink! We’ll be booking the lanes as usual, and we’ll treat ourselves to one of their fabulous Fat Hippo burgers! Vegan options are also available. Eat, Bowl, Fizz!
WHEN: Tuesday 23rd November, 6.30-9.00pm
WHERE: Lane7,Matilda Street, Sheffield S1 4PF – meet in the foyer
WHO: Sera and Dan
COST: Suggested Voluntary Contribution – £15
* Bookings close 8pm, Sunday 14th November


✨ WIZARDS OF TIME @ THE GREAT ESCAPE 
An ‘escape room’ with a difference – a magical adventure! Explore 6 different realms to unlock as much content as possible. Cast enchantments, puzzle ancient mysteries, and battle small beasts
WHEN: Tuesday 7th December @ 6.30pm (precise time TBC)
WHERE: The Great Escape Game, St. James House, Vicar Ln, Sheffield S1 2EX – meet outside
WHO: Sera and Dan
COST: Suggested Voluntary Contribution – £10 
* Bookings close 8pm, Sunday 28th November

* Some of this info might be subject to change depending on the ongoing situation, but dates for your diary will remain the same, we’ll inform you of any updates as soon as possible

We ask for a voluntary contribution, per person, per activity. This is to help towards the cost of running the ACCTing Out programme, the cost of the activity, and staffing. We will gladly accept cash on the night, alternatively please donate via our website If you are a taxpayer please add Giftaid. See each listing for details

Parents’ Zoom Meeting

Tuesday the 21st of September, 7pm-9pm.

Join facilitators of the group Margaret Kilner (parent and trustee) and Nicola Hough (parent and manager) to share and learn.

Peer support and discussions will include back to school, managing anxietyand much more. There will also be an opportunity for those applying for secondary school places to ask any questions and get advice ahead of the 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.

ACCTing Out Young Adults Group

Our next ACCTing Out activity is dinner and a social at Cosmo!

ACCTing Out is for young adults, 18+ and we would love for your young person to get involved. 

The aim of the group is to provide support, social opportunities and build on and develop life, social and communication skills to boost confidence and self-esteem. Activities are fortnightly on Tuesday evenings – 

WHEN: Tuesday 14th September @ 6:30-8:30pm
WHAT: Meal and Social
WHERE: Cosmo, St Paul’s Place, S1 2PT – meet outside
WHO: Sera and Dan
COST: Suggested Voluntary Contribution – £10 

Booking is essentialall bookings need to be made at least 48 hours before the activity. Please email enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk to book a place.

We will be in groups of 6 – 8, masks need to be worn until you are seated, if you are exempt you do not have to wear a mask. Sera and Dan will arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts to greet your young adult.

We will be asking for a voluntary contribution of £10 per person towards the cost of this activity., We will accept cash on the night, alternatively please donate via our website, if you are a taxpayer please add giftaid.

Dates for your Diary

  • Golf and social @ Paradise Golf on Tuesday 28th September
  • Cinema trip to see No Time to Die @ The Light on Tuesday 12th October
  • Dinner and social @ Pizza Express on Tuesday 26th October

ACCTing Out Meal and Social

Our next ACCTing Out activity is dinner and social at Nando’s!

ACCTing Out is for young adults, 18+ and we would love for your young person to get involved. 

The aim of the group is to provide support, social opportunities and build on and develop life, social and communication skills. This will boost confidence and self-esteem and be positive for the mental health of users.Activities are fortnightly on Tuesday evenings –

WHEN: Tuesday 31st August @ 6:30-8:30pm
WHAT: Meal and Social
WHERE: Nando’s, The Moor, S1 4PA – meet outside
WHO: Sera and Dan
COST: Suggested Voluntary Contribution – £10 

Booking is essentialall bookings need to be made at least 48 hours before the activity. Please email enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk to book a place.

We will be in groups of 6 – 8, masks need to be worn until you are seated, if you are exempt you do not have to wear a mask. Sera and Dan will arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts to greet your young person.

We will be asking for a voluntary contribution of £10 per person for all activities to Nando’s, Pizza Express and Bowling @ Lane 7. We will accept cash on the night, alternatively please donate via our website, if you are a taxpayer please add giftaid – https://acctsheffield.enthuse.com/Page1#!/

Dates for your Diary

  • Dinner and social @ Cosmo’s on Tuesday 14th September
  • Golf and social @ Paradise Golf on Tuesday 28th September
  • Cinema trip to see No Time to Die @ The Light on Tuesday 12th October

ACCT’s Minecraft Server

ACCT’s Minecraft server runs online twice a week –

  • Every Thursday at 18:00 – 20:00
  • Every Saturday at 09:45 – 12:15

Both sessions are for all age groups and run by our dedicated staff team.

We are excited to launch our new Minecraft World, join us to play in Survival Mode and create and build a new world!! The new world is available to play on Saturday mornings between 11am – 12pm. 
The physical Server we use to run the Minecraft world has been struggling of late and having overheating problems, the new world acts like a bit of respite to prolong the life of the server. The original server and world is still up and available to play on Thursday evenings and Saturdays either side of 11am – 12pm.
 


If you’re a regular player already, you can use your own account, or if you don’t have an account, we have a number of accounts that ACCT members can borrow for the session times. Come along to build, explore and chat with your ACCT pals!
 

You’ll need access to a computer, an internet connection, and to download and install Minecraft on to your computer in order to join in. Unfortunately, we are unable to help with external issues, such as installing Minecraft, setting up computers, internet connections, etc. For this reason, parents should be available to help children while playing. ACCT staff will be on hand to help with in-game issues, and help your children get involved. 
 


If you’d like to book a place or have issues getting set up, please get in touch via – 
enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk

Parents’ Zoom Meeting

Tuesday the 24th of August, 7pm-9pm.

Join facilitators of the group Margaret Kilner (parent and trustee) and Nicola Hough (parent and manager) to share and learn.

Peer support and discussions will include how have you coped during the holidays, transitions back to school, managing anxietyand much more. There will also be an opportunity for those applying for secondary school places to ask any questions and get advice ahead applying. 

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.