ImageWest Street Live presents an acoustic night with….



Steve Baranovich (Gotteri)

Also playing…

The Barrels

Broken Utopia

ENTRY £5 on the door, includes a ticket for the prize draw!

PRIZE DRAW – Win Silverjet tshirts, Lush goodies, A Spa treat for two at 1877 Spa, Sheffield-made gift-boxed kitchen scissors from Ernest Wright and Son Limited, a bottle of liquor from West Street Live, a box of chocolates….and more!

All this will be fundraising for Sheffield charity Asperger’s Children and Carers Together….ACCT, who support over 220 families across Sheffield who have a child with Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorders. They provide support, advice, clubs, days out, sports, workshops, autism friendly cinema trips and a coffee drop in for parents.

Make a donation on the night, buy a prize draw ticket or donate by text giving just text ACCT06 £5 (or whatever amount you would like to donate) and send to 70070.

Of course everyone involved is doing this for free…so lets make it worth their time!!! 🙂


ACCT Family Days Out

Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground

Saturday 14th July 2012

Departing by coach from St Mary’s at 10.00am

Due to arrive back at St Mary’s at 4.30pm

This event has been organised for the whole family. No Acctivate staff will be attending and parents/carers will be responsible for their children.

Please bring a picnic and drinks or alternatively food can be purchased from the cafes and restaurants at Chatsworth. For further details about Chatsworth please visit their website:

Depending on the weather rain coats/sunhats, sun screen and clothes for wet play maybe needed and suitable footwear.

Please register your interest at Acctivate or Teenage Club, providing all the names of those wishing to attend, an email address and mobile telephone number or contact the Nicola on 07972221305 or email Booking is essential, if you turn up on the day and you haven’t booked on the trip you maybe turned away if the coach is full.

Animation and Music Workshop

These worshops will run for five days each, three to be spent making the animation and a further two making the accompanying music with a specialist worker and ACCT staff. Each week will have a different theme so you can book on to both. These workshops are not open to siblings at this time.

Themes for the workshops are:

Week one – Olympics/Sport

 Get into the Olympic spirit this summer and create your own sporting animation. We will be exploring a variety of different animation styles, including claymation, lego, object animation and pixilation. Whether you want to create an animation celebrating your favourite sport, your own sporting achievements, or want to imagine your own opening ceremony, we have the animation for you, all you need to bring is your imagination! Finish the week by adding sound to your creations, creating your own gold medal short film!

Week two – Fairytales/Legends

 This summer, the supernatural will be coming to ACCT! We will be exploring a variety of different animation styles, including claymation, lego, object animation and pixilation. Whether you want to re-imagine your favourite fairytale, create the next vampire movie or make up your own legend we are here to help, all you need to bring is your imagination! Finish the week by adding sound to your creations, creating an animation the Brothers Grimm would be proud of!


Teenage Workshop

  • July 23rd – 27th
  • August 6th – 10th

Each session running from 10am to 4pm.

Acctivate Workshops

  • July 30th – 3rd
  • August 13th – 17th

Each session running from 10am to 1pm. The child must be at least 8 years old to take part. Children joining year 8 in September can come to either the teenager or the Acctivate club, but not both.

Please contact Emma Shepherd to book on 07527 824034.


 Beginning on June 20th ACCT are running a Trampolining club at Ponds Forge. The club will run every fortnight until October 24th 2012. The club will run for one hour, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Please arrive five minutes before the club is due to start. Children must be at least 5 years old to take part.

The club will be run by a qualified trampolining coach, and ACCT staff will be on site to support the children to take part, so parents do not need to stay on site. If parents would like to stay on site, there is a viewing area, or you can come and get involved in the activity!

It is essential to book your child onto this activity if they wish to attend, places are limited to one session per child so everyone may take part. The following dates are open for booking now: June 20th, July 4th, July 18th, August 1st and August 15th.

To book, speak to Emma at Acctivate or contact her on 07527 824034. You will then need to complete a consent form for the trip, and if relevant, provide additional medical information.

ACCT Family Days Out – Swimming at Hillsborough Leisure Pool

Sunday 15th July 5.15 – 6.15pm

This session is for our exclusive use and for the whole family. There will be no ACCT staff present and children will remain the responsibility of their parents/carers throughout the session and must be accompanied at all times.

Please check their web site for details of child:adult ratios – or ring them on 0114 231 2233

Please be aware a strict swimwear policy is in place at Hillsborough Leisure Centre.

To book places please contact Nicola on or 07972221305

Text Giving

Wanting to donate to ACCT in a fast and easy way?
Text ACCT06 £10 (or whatever amount you would like to donate) and send to 70070
Thankyou for your kind donation.

The Autism Spectrum Database-UK project (ASD-UK)

This project is led by a team at Newcastle University and funded by Autistica, The Ryegate Team is supporting this development as they think it is important to learn more about ASD.

The aim is:

· To establish a national UK database of children with ASD who are as representative as possible of the general ASD population.

· To provide a data resource regarding children with a range of ASD diagnoses of different ages and abilities, allowing us to answer some relevant questions about ASD.

· To give families the opportunity to take part in research that will help to answer important research questions. The studies that will be supported are those which aim to bring about advances in the care and treatment of children with ASD. These will be studies that may lead to improvements in the quality of life for individuals and their families.

If you would like to know more about this project and consider taking part ( without obligation) please contact Dr Val Harpin at the Ryegate Centre, Tapton Crescent Road, Sheffield S10 5DD or email who will be happy to give you more information.

We hope you will support this important project.

Showroom ‘Horrid Henry’ Outing!

Saturday 24th March 2012

9.45am – 12pm

This will be at the Showroom Cinema, 15 Patternoster Row.

 We have hired a private room just for our use. The screening will be autism friendly with lights dimmed, sound reduced and a room available for anyone needing to take a break.

 The kiosk will be open for anyone wishing to purchase refreshments.

Registration for Acctivate

Dear Parent/carer


Booking a place at Acctivate


Acctivate is becoming really popular and it’s great to see so many families and children enjoying the activities! 


Up until now we have been able to welcome everyone who turns up on the day but as Acctivate has become more popular we will need to introduce a booking system.  This is to ensure that we meet out health and safety conditions and have enough staff to run the sessions.    


From the next Acctivate session on Saturday 18 February please could you book a places for your child(ren) to come to Acctivate so we can keep track of numbers?   


You can book a place at the previous Acctivate, or by ringing Emma on 07527 824034 on Wednesday or Friday.   If Emma is not available please leave a message with:


  • your name
  • number
  • the names of the children who would like to come to the next Acctivate.


Emma will call you back to confirm places for the next session.


If you book a place and then find you can’t come to the session, please let Emma know as soon as possible. We appreciate that some children decide at the last minute whether they would like to come to Acctivate, if this is the case, please either book a place then cancel it, or ring on Saturday morning to find out if there are places available.


If you come to a session without booking, your child may be able to stay if there are spaces available.  However, if there are not spaces available we will unfortunately have to turn you away.


We hope that this new system will help us manage Acctivate and that children wiil be able to come as often as they want to.  If you have any questions about the new booking system please speak to Emma or Deborah.


We would love to be able to offer Acctivate every week but unfortunately we do not have the funding to do so .


Emma and Deborah



Play Arena

Saturday 10th March, 6 – 8pm

Light buffet catering for gluten free, milk and dairy free and vegetarian. All food will be nut and sesame free.

Some Acctivate will be there during the session to support the children. Parents will need to stay on the premises and will be responsible for their children.

Arena Karts are not included and are coin-operated

Places limited, please book your place at Acctivate or contact the office on 0114 252 1911 or

Play Arena, Little London Road, Heeley, Sheffield, S8 0UH. For more details please check their website –



Choose between

Spa Experience

Saturday 24th March, 7 – 9.30pm

It will cost a subsidised price of £7 per person

Spa 1877, 67 Victoria Street, Sheffield, S3 7QD


Afternoon Tea

Sunday 25th March, 3 – 5pm

Honey Pie Tearoom, 115 – 117 Chesterfield Road, Heeley, S8 0RN.

Places limited, please book your place at Acctivate, Teenage Club or contact the office on 0114 252 1911 or




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.