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.

ACCTing Out is Back!!

We are excited to relaunch our fortnightly Young Adults Group ‘ACCTing Out!’ 

ACCTing Out is for young adults 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.We will be offering fortnightly activities on Tuesday evenings –

WHEN: Tuesday 22nd June @ 6:30-8:30pm
WHAT: Meal and Social
WHERE: Nando’s, The Moor – meet on The Moor near escalators
WHO: Sera and Dan
COST: Suggested Voluntary Contribution – £10 

WHEN: Tuesday 6th July @ 6:30-8:30pm
WHAT: Bowling and Social
WHERE: Lane 7, Matilda Street, S1 4PF – meet outside the entrance
WHO: Sera and Dan
COST: Suggested Voluntary Contribution – £10 for two games, please bring additional money for refreshments 

WHEN: Tuesday 20th July @ 6:30-8:30pm
WHAT: Meal and Social
WHERE: Pizza Express, St Paul’s Place – meet outside the entrance
WHO: Sera and Dan
COST: Suggested Voluntary Contribution – £10 

Booking is essentialall bookings need to be made at 24 hours before the activity. Please email enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk to book a place.

We will be in groups of six, masks need to be worn until you are seated / at activity, if you are exempt you do not have to wear a mask.

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#!/

Parents’ Zoom Meeting

Tuesday the 15th of June, 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, the summer term and transitions, making plans as restrictions ease, holidays, managing expectationsand 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.

ACCT is recruiting: Acctivate Playworkers – Saturday mornings

ACCT is looking to recruit two Play Workers to work at Acctivate Children’s Club on Saturday mornings (at St Mary’s Community Centre, Bramall Lane)

Principal Duties

  • Support children taking 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, communication strategies and the physical environment
  • 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: Starting wage £10 per hour (opportunity for progression to senior playworker at £12 per hour)

Hours: 3 hours on Saturday mornings, 9.30am-12.30pm

Closing Date: Sunday 30th May 2021 at 5pm

Interviews: Tuesday 1st /Wednesday 2nd June 2021

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 webiste, please contact enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Workshop with Val Harpin

We are delighted to announce that Val Harpin will be delivering a workshop about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The workshop will cover –

  • An overview of ADHD
  • Managing Behaviour and Mood
  • Medication
  • Negative connotations of the condition
  • The opportunity to have your questions answered

The workshop will take place on Zoom on Wednesday 12th May at 10am – 12pm.

To request a place on the workshop please email – enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk

Dr Val Harpin was a consultant neurodevelopmental paediatrician at the Ryegate Children’s Centre, part of the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, where she practiced for more than 18 years. Prior to joining the Ryegate Centre, Dr Harpin held the post of consultant community paediatrician at the Child Development Centre in Oxford. Her special interests include the care of children and young people with special needs and neurodisabilities, particularly Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD and learning disability. Dr Harpin’s main current research interests are in ADHD and Transition to Adult services. Val was a trustee at ACCT for a number of years and more recently appeared on Pointless with her husband!

Makaton Workshop

We are pleased to offer our members the opportunity to attend our next workshop Beginners Makaton. Jayne Ward a licenced Makaton Trainer will facilitate the workshop. Participants will learn to sign the alphabet and key words.

The workshop will take place on Zoom on Friday 7th May 9am – 12pm. Places are limited. To request a place on the workshop please email – enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk


About Makaton

Today over 100,000 children and adults use Makaton symbols and signs, either as their main method of communication or as a way to support speech.

In addition to children and adults with communication and learning difficulties and the community around them – for example, teachers, health professionals, friends, public service bodies etc. Makaton is increasingly used by the general public to aid communication.

Makaton has been shown to be useful for all sorts of people including those who struggle with understanding concepts, those who have poor literacy skills, including grammatical knowledge, and those with English as an Additional Language. By using Makaton, children and adults can take a more active part in life, because communication and language are the key to everything we do and learn.