Teenage Youth Club


ACCT’s Teenage Youth Club takes place weekly on Wednesdays from 7-9pm in the Pavilion and Garden Rooms at St Mary’s Church and Community Centre on Bramall Lane unless otherwise stated.

We are not currently able to offer a parent carer room as we have in the past. Once restrictions ease, we hope to reinstate this space with hot drinks where parent-carers can meet to chat and support each other.

ACCT’s Teenage Youth Club is open to autistic teenagers.  Activities include arts and crafts, games,  music, a computer suite, outdoor space for sports and games, and space to sit and chat.  Sessions are run in two ‘bubbles’, each staffed by ACCT Playworkers and supported by ACCT volunteers. Up to 30 young people can attend each session.

The group meets on Wednesdays between 7.00pm and 9.00pm. Sessions run every Wednesday apart from two weeks over Christmas. If, for unforeseen circumstances, the club is ever cancelled then members will be notified.

Info for new members accessing a place at Teenage Club:

Teenage Club and Acctivate are commissioned by Sheffield City Council as a ‘Short Breaks’ clubs. This means that, to access places at Acctivate or Teenage Cub, you have to be referred to ACCT by Sheffield City Council.

To be referred, or for more information about this process, you should contact the Early Help Prevention Team (SNIPS) at Sheffield City Council on 0114 2930218. We have been advised that applications for referral will be processed by the local authority within 35 days and without issue. Please do let us know if you have any questions about this.

Note: Families can only access one Sheffield City Council short break service, so if you access another short break, you would have to transfer from this provider to ACCT. Similarly, if you have accessed the Short Break Grant this year, you may have to wait until you can be referred to ACCT.

Info for existing members on how to book:

Once you have received a Teenage Club place, you will receive a reminder by email or text each week to ask if you want to book at place at the next session for your young person. Pre-booking is essential as places are limited. Contact Nicola on 07527 824034 or email nicola.hough@acctsheffield.org.uk to book. A waiting list is operational should the club be full.

Covid update – February 2021: Teenage Club reopened in July 2020. We have made a number of changes to ACCT Clubs in response to Covid-19. To protect our community, everyone attending ACCT clubs must maintain good hygiene, hand washing and social distancing.

Please note that our clubs may be changed regularly in line with Government guidance changes as we progress through this pandemic. We recommend that parents and carers keep up-to-date with the latest Government guidance. Parents have a responsibility to make sure they and their children know what to expect when attending ACCT Clubs, and understand the importance of good hygiene, hand washing and social distancing.

We will also continue to have activities available online – weekly Acctivate and Teenage Club Minecraft, weekly Dungeons and Dragons via Zoom and fortnightly Parents’ Meetings via Zoom.

Please get in touch if you are interested in attending any of these sessions.

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