Due to the recent pandemic and circumstances of health and safety, we have decided to hold our annual Fayre virtually again this year. It will take place between 12th-14th September 2021. Although we are disappointed at not holding the Fayre in our traditional manner, we are however thrilled to be hosting the event virtually again this year!
The Autism Fayre was first started in 2015 by Sparkle Sheffield. This event was held at Norfolk Park Centre in the Park and had 2 speakers and 4 information stalls. The first Fayre had more attendees than anticipated, and the following year quickly increased to 5 speakers and 19 information stalls over 2 days! This showed that there was a need out there for parents to be able to access a range of information about autism in one place. The event continued to be held yearly at Norfolk Park Centre in the Park until 2018.
In 2019, Autism Union received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to host the biggest South Yorkshire Autism Fayre yet! The 2019 event was a resounding success with over 20 speakers and 40 stands that brought in over 500 members of the public and professionals alike. The event shared knowledge and information; and provided services and products to delegates from South Yorkshire and wider afield. The Fayre was opened by Sir Robert Dyson (Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire) and covered by local media, news and radio stations along with vloggers and bloggers alike.
In 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic we resorted to holding our annual fayre virtually. We were extremely buoyant giving the circumstance that we were even able to keep the fayre live and still be able to connect via webinars. We had a range of speakers with diverse backgrounds and experiences and our event took place over a 4-day period. We were also very excited to have added a bonus day just for children!
And we’re back for 2021!
Due to the ongoing uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to host the event online again this year. This means we are able to reach more people and share more information around the country!
Join us from the 12th-14th September 2021 for all things autism!