The Network

Our network consists of a variety of organisations who might have Autistic users and want to create a
better service for them, all of whom have a shared vision of a more Autism-friendly Sheffield.

Autism-specific organisations are colour coded in purple.

If you would like to add your organisation to the network, please click here to fill out the submission form.

We offer quality therapeutic performing arts classes to anyone. We believe everyone should have the chance to take part in performing arts regardless of ability, experience, background or age. 

  • Performing Arts classes for all ages
  • Dance classes 
  • Arts Award training 
  • Dramatherapy 
  • Psychotherapy
  • Training 
  • One to one sessions 

 

Tel: 0114 2321172

Email: admin@amindapart.org.uk

www.amindapart.org.uk

We are a local voluntary group run by SAPAG (Sheffield Aspergers Parents Action Group) 

We offer a diverse range of social activities for autistic/aspergers adults some of which individual members organise. 

These include:

discussion group, book club, interest groups, pub evenings, walking groups, snooker club, photography group, art and craft events, bowling, theatre trips, days out, picnics, board gaming, cycling, keep fit, yoga, mindfulness, climbing, health sessions and more.

Each activity attracts between 5 and 25 autistic/asperger adults and we aim to cater for diverse interests. 

We provide a safe space for autistic adults to mix, participate in social activities and get to know like minded others. We promote healthy living, taking care of mental and physical health and building confidence, knowledge and skills.

Members have contributed to other Sheffield projects aiming to raise awareness amongst health professionals and social work professionals and have produced papers for the Autism Partnership Board.

We also have closed and moderated Facebook and Messenger Chat groups and send out a weekly newsletter. We have also have members in the wider South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire/North Notts regions and are currently exploring having more regular activities in Rotherham. We also run a newly diagnosed women’s group and one of our members runs an autistic mums group.

Tel: 07768844620

Email: s.m.johnson@shu.ac.uk

A Team Social Group

Supported living, independent living for mental health, physical, learning disabilities

Tel: 01142844868

Email: info@abbeycareandnursing.co.uk

www.abbeycareandnursing.co.uk

ACCT runs activity groups for autistic children, young people and young adults in Sheffield.

We run our Acctivate multi-activity group for children aged 5-12 on Saturday mornings and a Wednesday evening Teenage Youth Club. We also deliver our ACCT Academy football coaching on Friday evenings, and online Minecraft and Dungeons and Dragons clubs. We also run ACCTing Out fortnightly social activities for young adults aged 18+, as well family days out, Autism-friendly family swimming sessions and other trips. We often run other activities in response to particular needs and interests. For example, in 2021 and 2022 we have been running a Drama Club for teenagers.

We also run a fortnightly Parents’ Meeting over Zoom for peer support, information and discussion, as well as a way for new members to find out more about ACCT.

Tel: 01142230242

Email: enquiries@acctsheffield.org.uk

www.acctsheffield.org.uk

Provide 1 to 1 + support packages + to adults with a range of disabilities including mild disabilities, complex needs, autistic spectrum, challenging behaviour, hearing and visual impairments, dual diagnosis and profound multiple learning disabilities. 
 Clients are referred by the local authority or can complete an application and self fund. 

Tel: 01143485547 

Email: admin@activefriendlysupport.co.uk 

The Adult Autism Support Hub offers free support to autistic people, aged 16 and above, and their (informal) carers and families in a welcoming and safe environment. Our experienced staff team is able to provide helpful information and advice and support you to connect with local community groups.

The Adult Autism Support Hub provides a safe and easily accessible space, where you can be listened to and meet individuals who might be experiencing the same things. You have a choice of how you can receive support from our staff, and this can be in group sessions or either face-to-face, phone calls, email or video consultation.

We offer a range of support with our staff team and this can look at providing you information and support around (This is not an exhaustive list) :-

  • Benefits Support
  • Confidence Building
  • Understanding and information around diagnosis support
  • Finding out what is happening within Sheffield to support with other avenues or support and/or social opportunities
  • Employment Support Family Support
  • Mental health advice/signposting
  • Peer Support

Please note we are not a clinical or diagnosis service, we can only provide practical advice and information to help you to get the support from the services who can help. At the moment we are awaiting our booking system to go live, so please contact the service to make an appointment. Please also be aware that this service is for people who resides within the Sheffield area.

Tel: 07811 589 909

Email: adultautismsupporthub.mhm@nhs.net

https://www.mhm.org.uk/adult-autism-support-hub

We are a day service for Adults with disabilities

Our aim at Alive is to support adults with all different needs to help them be as independent as they can be and to support the client that have more complex needs

We also offer Hydro Pool and Rebound Therapy with trained members of staff to assist with physio plans .

A large sensory room .

Daily activities Cooking Group / Baking group / Art group ect

We have our own mini bus that picks some of our service users up for day service

Tel: 0114 2848401

Email: jean.fairhurst@alivesheffield.com

Artworks supports and promote the creation of quality creative practice by our collective of artists. We focus on achievement, self-belief, collaborative practice and teamwork whilst supporting our artists to play an active role within their community. We aim to challenge people’s perceptions of learning disabilities and or autism through publicly celebrating the creativity and ambition of our artists.

Our artists are given the opportunity to participate in workshops run by professional creatives that specialise in different mediums ranging from painting and sculpture to film, photography, animation and performance. The workshops help our artists learn new techniques and create work for exhibitions and projects, and we have supported our artists to showcase their work in various galleries and public spaces across the UK.

Tel: 0114 2459032

Email: care@artworks-sy.co.uk

artworks-sy.co.uk

We are a parent and carer support group for parents with children of all ages who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. We provide peer support, mental health support. We run workshops on Autism and signpost to other organizations that can help. We hold weekly coffee mornings and weekly zoom meetings.

Tel: 07968 984179

Email: autismhopesheffield@gmail.com

autismhopesheffield.co.uk

Autism Plus Specialist Employments Services provides a range of support to adults with autism and other related neurological conditions. We provide pre employment support, helping individuals overcome barriers, identify appropriate work to suit individual needs, support towards employment, education or training. We also offer in work support to those in paid employment offering ongoing support and guidance to employer and employee to support with long term sustainment of employment.

We also offer training and consultancy to employers and provider organisations to raise awareness of autism and neurodiversity.

Tel: 01143840284

Email: employmentsupport@autismplus.co.uk

www.autismplus.co.uk

Creative Support provides a range of different services in Sheffield, primarily supported accommodation and outreach for adults with a learning disability and/or autism. Our ethos is based on the promotion of independence, inclusion and wellbeing. We work in partnership with the people we support, their families and partner agencies to deliver innovative, high quality services that meet individual needs and aspirations in a person-centred way.

Nationally we support individuals with a wide range of needs (LD, Autism, Mental Health, Older People, Complex Needs, socially excluded groups etc) in a range of models including supported living, outreach/floating support, respite, extra care and day opportunities).

Tel: 0114  2168946

www.creativesupport.co.uk

Sheffield Day Services specialises in supporting individuals with a primary diagnosis of a learning disability, in addition to those with complex health needs and physical disabilities and those with autism.

Tel01142691177

Email: helenullyatt@cygnethealth.co.uk

https://www.cygnethealth.co.uk/locations/sheffield-day-services/

Our organisation is a multicultural and diverse early years setting which provides nursery care and education to under 5’s. We have two level 3 qualified Senco’s  and also a Thrive licensed practitioner within our staff team, along with experienced and dedicated Early years practitioners. We offer services and support to children that have been recently diagnosed with Autism or that are just beginning with the referral process to get a diagnosis. We offer support and advice to parents around their child’s individual needs.

We are a setting that believes strongly that every child matters. We also have ‘Emosi’ our transcultural Therapy centre on site which supports children aged 2-12 years with their communication, social and emotional needs. These are 6 weekly sessions with a trained Therapist.

Tel0114 2812143

Emailadmin@ellesmerecc.org.uk

Esto Care provides support to individuals within Support Living Settings. Individuals have varied support needs and diagnosis.

Tel: 01753424464

Email: operationsdirector2@estocare.co.uk

www.estocare.co.uk

 

Firvale Community Hub is an award-winning organisation whose aims are to provide support for marginalised people across Sheffield encompassing the areas of legal advice, health & well-being, social inclusion and reducing isolation. education, employability and community cohesion. FCH works with people of all ages and backgrounds, but has specialisms in working with BME communities – particularly those of Pakistani and Roma origin. We are committed to improving social equalities and inclusion for communities experiencing disenfranchisement and marginalisation in Sheffield. Firvale Community Hub empowers groups and individuals to find their voice and find leadership, to influence and inform a more inclusive society, through targeted and deeply personalised education and confidence building based projects.

A key civil society innovator in Sheffield, Firvale Community Hub works in partnership, in leadership, and alongside local agencies, leading development strategy and implementing pioneering methodology in the projects we deliver in our lively community hub.

Tel0114 2619130

Email: info@firvalecommunityhub.org.uk

Flycheese studio is a working digital art and design studio that specialises in training and providing opportunities in the industry for people who need support to live their lives. We pay our students to work on our professional jobs.

We specialise working with people on the Autistic spectrum but a diagnosis is not required.

Tel: Harland Studio:07740085616 Soar Studio: 07982244238

Email: wallaceflycheese@gmail.com

 

Provide Independent Living Skills & Employability skills to adults with a range of disabilities.

Students or family/support can self refer. Independent payments required.

Tel: 07736708051

Email: getset-3e@hotmail.com

 
We are a small holding care farm in Stocksbridge (North Sheffield) delivering supported social and therapeutic horticulture as well as other meaningful work activities for adults in the community with Autism and other learning disability/ mental health problems.
 

We provide new skills via fun activities such as looking after animals, gardening, tree planning, land management, harvesting food, cooking and seasonal craft activities which help to improve individuals physical and mental health.

Tel: 07817258296 

Emailgreavehouse@yahoo.co.uk

www.greavehousefarmtrust.org.uk

 

Adult Social Services – Direct Payment – Day Provision for Adults with Learning Disabilities (LDD) including Autism

The council-arranged services  include a wide variety of supervised day activities (cooking, crafts, animal care, gardening, music-making…)

Families also contact us directly and we support many adults who are living in supported accommodation

Tel: 0114 258 0482 or 0114 250 5111

Email: info@heeleyfarm.org.uk

www.heeleyfarm.org

 

Reading group and peer support group for individuals seeking to progress their activism towards being intersectional, feminist and anti-racist.

Tel: 447918233358

Email: udit.thakre@gmail.com

 

The Inclusive LGBTQ+ café is a social group for members of the LGBTQ+ community who also identify as being autistic, nerodiverse or disabled.  We meet in person every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 3-5pm, at Dempsey’s in Sheffield city centre. Other Thursdays we meet on Zoom 3-4pm. We meet to discuss issues effecting both communities, socialize, and discuss the unique experiences being in both communities has on our day to day lives.

Tel: 0114 253 6750

Email: kelly.scargill@disabilitysheffield.org.uk

https://www.backdrop.org.uk/groups/LGBTQ

 

Luv2MeetU support adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism. We run events to promote confidence, social skills, relationships and independence to help our club members to reach their potential and to have an active social life experiencing different activities and meeting new people.
I am keen to start a new group for adults with Autism, which is the reason for making a connection. It would be a good starting block to find out what the adults would like/want but to maybe initially meet once a month doing an activity/event. 

Tel: 07826549040

Email: charlotte.narozanska@hft.org.uk

We are a day centre for adults with learning and physical disabilities. We offer arrange of activities in a person-centred way these start from independent living skills, basic cooking, arts and crafts to woodwork/gardening, gentle exercise, music and drama, sports, admin and i.t, spa, and sensory rooms and lots more. We have a 1:1 service for individuals who require more sensory support and involvement. We do service users meeting and from this we go out on day trips and activities in the community which the service users have chosen.  Please contact for further information these are a few things we offer; we have lots more activities we provide. We offer free taster days

Tel: 01246 431465

Email: newfields17@msn.com

Newfield View is a caring supported living service providing care and support for individuals with mild, moderate and severe learning disabilities, autism and mental health.

Together with my team, our focus is to provide a positive, homely atmosphere that, together with our tailored support, will help each person receiving our support to achieve the goals and aspirations that are important to them. We provide support across Sheffield and Rotherham and work with registered Housing Associations who can provide a home and tenancy for individuals. We support people to live independently in shared houses or independently in the­ir own home. Our care and support is personalised to the individual and can be 24/7 or as much as needed.

Amongst the things that make us most proud is the importance that we place on helping people to learn new skills by encouraging them to be a part of their local community and to play an active role in the running of their home.

Tel: 0114 2998933 or 07508956460

Email: helen.sturgess@newfieldview.com

 

Opportunity Sheffield provides employment and skills services across the city through a range of Sheffield City Council and externally funded projects. Our ESF Pathways Programme includes employment support activity targeted at people with Autism. Frontline services are delivered by community partners on a sub-contracting basis.

Tel: 0114 2296 168

Email: opportunity@sheffield.gov.uk

 
High-quality and focused support to adults with learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour in supported living, respite and live in care.

Tel: 01142131750

Email: info@principlesupportltd.co.uk

principlesupportltd.co.uk

Riva provides Recreational, Imaginative, Vocational Activities on a daily basis to adults with learning disabilities (post 16).

Our activity room has a fully functioning kitchen where our Clients can prepare dinner and drinks every day and learn new baking and cooking skills.
We incorporate a charity shop and coffee shop where our Clients can gain experience in a work related environment and interact with the general public gaining skills in money handling, retail and customer service.

The RIVA team are experienced, caring professionals who adapt the sessions to meet the needs of each individual and help them to reach their full potential. Our off-site activities include
Cycling 4 All, visits to parks, museums, community allotment and
gym sessions at Wisewood Sports Centre.

Tel: 01143270808

Email: contact@rivaproject.co.uk

Our vision is for the UK to be the best place in the world for people with a learning disability to live happy and healthy lives.

We support over 4,000 people with a learning disability and/or autism in over 1,000 locations including registered care homes, supported living settings, housing association properties and people’s own homes.

Additionally we deliver a range of programmes to support people to be more included and connected. Our services help people into work and training, support people to form friendships and relationships, and encourage people to live healthy or tackle stigma and discrimination through fun activities.

We also campaigning and fundraising organisation for people with a learning disability and/or autism

We have a Helpline available for people with a learning disability/autism and families/carers and other organisations

Tel: 0808 808 1111

Email: helpline@mencap.org.uk

www.mencap.org.uk

 

SACMHA is a charitable organisation established in 1988 in response to the health and social care needs of people of African and Caribbean descent. 

We provide culturally responsive support to people in need of assistance because of their age, youth, disability, caring responsibilities, financial hardship or social disadvantage.

SACMHA is responsive to the changing social care needs of the people and communities we serve. In delivering our services we provide a range
of social and health care facilities, research, information, advice and education, on all aspects of mental and physical health amongst our beneficiaries. Through the provision of the following services:

·       Community Outreach and Social Inclusion Service

·       Carers Support Service

·       Community Mental Health Advocacy (Nether Edge, Forest Close & The Longley Centre)

·       EPIC Hospital Visiting/Befriending Service (Nether Edge, Forest Close & The Longley Centre)

·       Personalisation/Self-Directed Support (SDS) Services

·       Engagement, Communications and Information work focused on physical and mental health inequalities as the        impact the African Caribbean community

·       Counselling Services

·       Equity Officer – Race & Mental Health, focused on reducing Restrictive Practices on mental health wards and reducing the numbers of Black men ending their lives by suicide

·       Training, consultancy and development in respect of equity, diversity and inclusion for partners seeking to offer Culturally Competent services

·       Research into the health and social care needs and gaps in services locally with Sheffield Hallam University with SACMHA as a Community Partner

Tel: 0114 272 6393

Email: admin@sacmha.org.uk

 

We are a voluntary group of parents established in 2000, to offer information and support to adults with Asperger’s Syndrome* and their families and carers in the Sheffield City Region. We also work with other groups to seek improved services in Sheffield and the area for autistic adults.

Currently our main energy is focussed on supporting autistic adults through our Social Group the A Team which has over 200 members.

We run a quarterly Parent Support and Action Group, though that was paused during the pandemic. We have had topics such as PDA, Universal Credit (speaker from DWP), Wills and Trusts, Employment, Anxiety.

We meet individual parents/carers to offer support and provide advice – contact Judith Birkett (judithbirkett@gmail.com) to arrange this.

We have a mailing list of 100 families and a Facebook Group. 

We raise money which we use to subsidise the cost of running both the Parent Support Group and the A Team Social Group. 

SAPAG is run by an Organising Committee of 7 volunteers and has a constitution.

Tel: 07817521950

Email: judithbirkett@gmail.com

We offer support to children and young people with social communication and autism differences.  Our support comes in the form of training and education to schools, families, and Early Years settings across Sheffield.

Tel: 0114 2506800

Email: autism.educationteam@sheffield.gov.uk

 
 
Assessment and diagnosis for adults aged over 16 years who do not have a learning disability. Time limited support and advice from multi-disciplinary team including psychoeducation groups.

Tel: 2716964

Email: saans@shsc.nhs.uk

The Sheffield Autistic Society is a local parent and peer-led support group which aims to provide information, help and support for autistic people and parents and carers of autistic people of all ages. We also campaign to get the best support and services in place to help people of all ages affected by autism spectrum conditions. 

We hold open daytime meetings,  groups for Asperger adults, art and photography groups and events for families. Details of these and all our activities will be found on our website. Our site also provides a wide range of detailed information and links of interest to autistic people and their families, including many entries with specific reference to Sheffield.

Tel: N/A

Email: graham.sasoc@gmail.com

 

Sheffield Carers Centre provides services for adult carers, i.e. anyone who, unpaid, provides care or support for someone because of disability, mental health, physical health condition, or frailty.

Services include information, advice, signposting and support to address isolation and loneliness. The Carers Centre also delivers carers needs assessments, which assess the impact of caring and provide relevant support.

Tel0114 278 8362

Email: support@sheffieldcarers.org.uk

Sheffield Cycling 4 All is a Disability Sheffield project. We run public and condition-specific cycling sessions in Hillsborough Park on a range of adapted trikes, for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions.

Tel: 07565 695296

Email: info@sheffieldcycling4ll.org

www.sheffieldcycling4all.org

 

Sheffield Mencap and Gateway is the leading provider of training and support for people with learning disabilities and autism in Sheffield. We support over 600 people every week through social and educational activities, focused on individual interests and development. The ‘Activity and Learning Hub’ (ALH) is our primary service. It operates every weekday, supporting over 100 students to tackle a range of activities including self-advocacy, computer skills, cooking, gardening and even videography. Staff and beneficiaries also run a successful cafe, Mencafé, at lunchtimes. We deliver numerous out of hours activities, including Gateway Social Clubs, Sunday Lunch Club and our community based Out and About group. Sheffield Mencap also hosts sports groups including Boccia and Cricket, as well as boasting a fantastic range of 7 different projects for children aged 6 – 17. Our childrens groups include fitness, drama, communication, podcasting and a social group for children with learning disabilities/autism to attend together with siblings. Our carers’ services meet the needs of the whole family unit and ensure the most vulnerable carers in the community are supported.

Tel: 0114 2767757

Email: mencapoffice@sheffieldmencap.org.uk

 

We give advice to people on workplace health issues who are in employment who either live or work in Sheffield.

We provide help and support for people who are in employment on a wide range of health issues, including:

Mild to moderate and moderate to severe mental health issues

Learning disabilities

Long Covid

Stroke

Cancer

Brain injury

Musculoskeletal

Carers

ME

We take referrals from a wide range of organisations including: of GP’s, Secondary care, advice services, trade unions, Social prescribers and community groups. People can refer themselves by ringing us. 

Tel: 07394 073633

Email: sohas@sohas.co.uk

The Safe Places project is run by Sheffield City Council and Heeley City Farm. It aims to support vulnerable people to feel safe when they are out and about in Sheffield. If someone needs help, for example they are lost, ill or frightened, then they can enter the nearest safe place to get help. The Safe Place can provide people with a temporary refuge until a friend or carer comes, or until they feel able to leave again.

The project consists of a network of businesses and organisations across Sheffield who are committed to ensuring the safety and dignity of people who join the scheme.

The Safe Places logo is displayed in the window of all the registered safe places.

The staff or volunteers in safe places will assist anyone who goes to them for help.

If you or someone you care for may benefit from using Safe Places, you can complete an application form to become a member. You will be sent a free pack containing a Keep Safe Card, to carry with you whilst you are out and about.

Tel: 0114 258 0482

Email: safeplaces@heeleyfarm.org.uk

Sheffield SENDIAS are a statutory service offering free impartial, confidential, information advice and support to: Children and young people (0-25 years old) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their parent carers on education and related health and social care matters.

Tel: 0114 2736009

Email: sssendias@sheffield.gov.uk

Sheffield Voices is the learning disability and Autism arm of Disability Sheffield. We are a self-advocacy group that supports people to have a say about issues which affect them.

 

We are a hub of activities and activism. We run several groups a week. These include self-advocacy coffee mornings, making Easy Read documents, joining nationwide groups, and a variety of social and fun groups like our writing and drama groups. We also work with other organisations to campaign for change at a national level.

Tel: 0114 253 6750

Email: kelly.scargill@disabilitysheffield.org.uk

SNIPS support children with disabilities and their families. We arrange short breaks for disabled children to give the parent/carer respite from the caring role.

Tel: 0114 2735368

Email: snipsbusinesssupport@sheffield.gov.uk

Making Snooker Accessible to All
The Stephen Harrison Academy (SHA) is a ground breaking social enterprise based in Sheffield which since 2007 has developed and proven innovative methods that primarily use snooker as a fun way to attract and make entertaining personal development programmes, nutrition, mentoring and employment opportunities for a wide variety of disadvantaged groups. These include young offenders, people with physical and learning disabilities or mental health problems, young people and adults not in education, employment or training.
The innovative activities of the Stephen Harrison Academy are available to people to help them be more successful, lead more fulfilling lives, be healthier and have more fun.

Tel: 0114 478 8047

Email: info@stephenharrisonacademy.com

Steps Rotherham is a learning disability and physical disabilities service in the heart of Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Steps have capacity for 26 individuals across a site of 5 personalised properties.

We are a residential care service with an ethos of family values and excellent quality care. Our team provide 24-hour support in each house and enable individuals we support to achieve their goals and outcomes including supporting people to gain skills for independence to support them moving into the community.

We have 2 Registered Managers, Rachel Oram and Annette Hand. Each individual house has its own dedicated Team Leader and we have other members of staff including a Quality and Compliance Officer.

Steps Rotherham is located in a bustling area of Rotherham close to the town centre and Sheffield’s Meadowhall Shopping Centre. There are excellent transport links, parks and open spaces and access to education and activities within close proximity.

Tel: 01709 740248

Email: rachel.oram@stepsrotherham.com

Turning Point is a provider “inspired by possibility”, supporting people to achieve their best lives in their own home and local community for over 55 years. We are a leading, national, registered provider of health and social care in over 300 locations across England.

We work with people living with learning disabilities and autism; mental illness and ill health; and complex needs including behaviours that challenge, long-term conditions, PMLD, dementia, substance misuse and forensic histories.

We provide homes and services focusing on recovery, good quality of life and independent living. Our learning disability and autism provision includes:

· Temporary supported accommodation

· Long-term supported living

· Community wellbeing

· Homecare services

· Carer support/respite.

Tel: 0161 238 5100

Email: info@turning-point.co.uk

Y2V creates jobs and opportunities for people who are disadvantaged in the labour market for health related or social reasons. We support autistic people in their quest for employment, safe travel, practical activity and a social life. One of our autistic tutors teaches autism acceptance in a world that is unwittingly hostile to autistic people.

Tel: 07904 586584

Email: mark.powell@yes2ventures.org.uk

Zest is a community hub in Upperthorpe providing many different services, covering health, live lighter, employment and training, community projects, early years groups, children’s activities, youth club and mentoring as well as gym membership and swimming pool.

A parenting programme called EPEC Empowering Parents Empowering Communities delivers volunteer led Being A Parent group for families of Autistic children.

Tel: 07792191522

Email: lynn.wragg@zestcommunity.co.uk