The raffle was drawn by Richard Caborn, former Minister of State for Sport on the 19th January 2012, at St Mary’s Community Centre


1st Prize – IPad 2, Sheila Cameron, 2048

2nd Prize – Honda Shirt, Tim Williams, 2501

3rd Prize – Spa Day, Julie Dore, 2574

4th Prize – £45 meal Voucher, Kevin Gurney, 1828

5th Prize – Tomlinson, 2 Theatre Tickets, 2668

6th Prize – Sue Wragg, Orchard Square Gift Set, 2958

7th Prize –  David Bond, Nail Director’s £30 Voucher, 2555

8th Prize – P Hibbard, Atkinson’s £20 voucher, 0724

9th Prize – Jill Tozer, £15 John Lewis Voucher, 0937

10th Prize – Liam Meade, £15 John Lewis Voucher, 0563

11th Prize – Julia Leatherland, Jameson’s Whisky, 0875

12th Prize – Doug Ingram, Asda Sandwich Toaster Maker, 2364

13th Prize – M Naughton, Asda Slow Cooker, 0282

14th Prize – H Levesley – Parker Pen and Pencil Set, 0966

15th Prize – Lauren Baldwin – Baylis and Harding Gift Set, 0638

16th Prize – Carrie Warr – Spear and Jackson Trowel Set, 1968

17th Prize – Rachel Oadley, 4 Swim Pass for Hillsborough, 0483

18th Prize – Lucy Smith, 2 Cineworld Tickets, 0894

19th Prize – J Walch, Book of Sheffield, 0881

20th Prize – Paul Robinson, ‘Honey Pie’ Afternoon Tea for 4, 2250

21st Prize – Peter Bond, Teddy Bear, 2565

Christmas Raffle

Top prize is a ‘ipad’ (Donated by Henry Boot)
Other prizes include:
Theatre tickets, cinema tickets, meal voucher, hair and beauty vouchers,
spa day and much, much more.
Tickets £1 each.
Please buy your tickets from the office, at Acctivate, Teenage club, coffee
morning, parents meeting and from members.
Draw to take place on Thursday 19th January 2012.
Money raised will be used for extra children’s activities.

Magna Science Adventure Park – Saturday 19th November 2011 – Meeting 11 a.m

This event has been organised for the whole family.

We will not be providing a coach with it being close by so please contact the office for details if you will be travelling by bus.

Please bring a pack lunch and drinks or alternatively food and drinks can be purchased form the Aqua-Tek Cafe or The Fuel Restaurant.

On the advice of other parents , you may wish to bring a torch and/or ear muffs and it can be cold inside.

Anyone wishing to attend please contact myself in the office on 0114 252 1911 or email: Please provide names of all those wishing to attend, an email address and telephone number.

AGM Meeting

Our AGM Meeting is on Thursday 6th October, 7.30 – 9.30pm at St Mary’s.

This will be followed by nibbles and an open discussion. Also the animation and music work from the summer workshops will be presented.

Help us raise funds whilst you shop online

ACCT have registered with a website called EasyFundraising. They provide a FREE service where you can shop with your favourite online stores and at no extra cost raise funds for ACCT. You still shop directly with each retailer as you would normally, but simply by using the links from the site first, each purchase you make will generate a cash back donation to ACCT, instantly raising money for us. For example, spend £25 with Amazon and 2.5% will be donated – you will have raised £0.63, at no extra cost to your purchase!

You can shop with 2000+ brand name retailers and to raise funds you just use the links from the site first – it’s that simple! If you ALREADY shop online, why not help ACCT at no extra cost from purchases you would make anyway. There are also lots of discount vouchers on the website, so it could save you money at the same time!

To register, go to You only have to provide your name and email address, no personal details.

When you register select Asperger’s Children and Carers Together as your charity, then every time you log on and shop, we get a donation.

Please pass this on to anyone you know who shops online – the more people using the site, the more money we raise!

Thank you for your support.

Private chat group on Facebook

If you’re a member of Facebook you can join discussions and add comments in our private Chat group.  This is a facebook page for ACCT members to talk to each other in a more private setting and access is by permission only. Click here and request to join.

Tea party raises valuable funds!

ACCT’s director and co-founder Deborah Woodhouse hosted a tea party on behalf of ACCT and raised over £150 to buy some supplies and equipment for our children and teenage clubs.

If anyone is in a position to do a similar fundraising activity then we would be very grateful.  Emma is compiling a list of equipment including lego, sensory room and more art equipment, dressing up for our drama club and circus skill equipment and after discussions on our Facebook page the lists are getting longer.  Quite a few members on our Facebook pages have volunteered to raise more money and also suggested supplies and toys they think their children and young people would like; we are particularly keen to promote imaginative play.

We are also looking for a parent to take the lead on Fundraising – any volunteers?

Summer holiday music club

We still have some spaces left for the Acctivate music club this summer. The Acctivate group is for children aged 8 – 12, and is on between August 22nd and August 26th. It runs between 10am and 1pm each day.

The children  will have the opportunity to make, edit and maybe even compose their own music, using ACCT’s computer suite and music equipment. We have a music expert coming in to run the session, and an ACCT worker to support the children and young people to take part. The clubs are open to any children and young people with a diagnosis, whether they attend Acctivate or not. There are also some day places available for both clubs, so your child can just come along for one or two days, if this is what works best for them.

Places are strictly limited, so please book as soon as possible. To book, please email or call 0114 252 1911.

Cleethorpes day trip

We’re going on our annual day trip to Cleethorpes on Saturday 21st August – fingers crossed for sunshine!

All are welcome, please contact the office to book your place.

Parents Meeting

Our next monthly Parents Meeting takes place Thursday 3rd November, 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm at St. Mary’s Community Centre. We have a speaker Val Harpin who is a paediatrician from Ryegate Children’s Centre who will be speaking about ASD & ADHD.


As many of you are aware Sainsbury’s at Archer Road nominated us as their charity of the year for 2010 – 2011 and to date together we have raised £5647.93.  We’d like to thank everyone at Sainsbury’s for their magnificant fundraising efforts and also to all of our members and other volunteer bag packers at various dates throughout the year.

Days Out

On Sunday 21st August we are planning a trip to Cleethorpes and on Saturday 24th September a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  This will be instead of the Acctivate sessions that had been planned on these dates.  If you would like to attend the Cleethorpes trip could you please contact the office on 0114 252 1911 or stating the names of who will be attending along with contact email and telephone number.

ACCT co-founder’s question to Nick Clegg makes national news

Members of ACCT were invited to a Q&A with Nick Clegg, organised by the Sheffield Star, on Monday 21 February.

Helen Basu Chaudhuri asked Mr Clegg to explain recent funding cuts to CAMHS in Sheffield despite a commitment from the government that there would be no cuts to frontline services, you can read the article that appeared on the front page of The Star here

The story has been picked up by national press, including the Daily Mail, and Director and co-founder of ACCT, Deborah Woodhouse, was invited to speak to Channel 4 in relation to a bigger story about NHS cuts – read more here

Treat yourself to an ACCT t-shirt

You may have noticed that ACCT recently changed the look of its website and marketing with some fun illustrations. We’ve also designed and printed some t-shirts, as modelled here by TV presenters Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood (who posed for us just after their secret wedding!).

Michael and Angellica

If you’d like your own t-shirt please contact

Spooky goings on at Sainsbury’s

ACCT were at Sainsbury’s Archer Road again on Saturday 30th October, helping to pack bags and sharing information about the work we do. The store was decked out with spooky decorations and members of staff came in fancy dress – see if you can spot the ACCT volunteers in this picture:

Halloween at Sainsbury's

Back to school fun at Sainsburys


ACCT were at Sainsburys, Archer Road, for a Back to school fun day on Saturday 4th September. Kids were entertained by a clown, cheerleaders, face painting and even the fire brigade joined in the fun.

We also had some fantastic volunteers packing bags at the checkouts, Claire ran a very successful book stall and we handed out more than 100 balloons to young shoppers! All this helped to raise much needed funds so we can continue to run activities for our members.

A big thank you to everyone who helped out and/or donated to ACCT, we really appreciate your support.

Our day out to the seaside

ACCT families enjoyed a lovely day out at Cleethorpes in August this summer.  It was an all day event with families responsible for their own children but also able to relax thanks to our wonderful ACCT staff and volunteers playing a variety of games with the children.Cleethorpes

For most of the time we stayed on the beach playing bury the child, ball games, digging, making sandcastles and paddling in the sea.  For lunch we had a delicious fish and chip lunch in a restaurant which was timely as it poured with rain during the hour we were there.  In the afternoon we continued to have fun on the beach before going home on the train tired but happy after a lovely day!

Thanks to the generous staff and customers at Sainsbury’s we were able to go on the trip at no cost to families and are planning to have several more trips in the Kids on beachfuture.

ACCT is Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year!

Sainsbury’s Supermarket at Archer Road have pledged their support to ACCT by supporting us as the local Charity of the Year for 2010/2011.  They will run a series of fun days and activities and undertake to raise £10,000 for us.

Deborah Woodhouse, Co-Founder and Director said ‘we are delighted to have the support of Sainsbury’s to raise funds for our charity.  This money will pay for fun trips and experiences for families, siblings and children and teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome.  We had a wonderful day trip to Cleethorpes in August and have plans to visit Aerial Extreme, have a trip to The Institute of Sport and are organising a sibling trip to Kingswood Camp near Barnsley in October.’