Moots

Moots

Regular group catch-ups for neurodiverse people to socialise, share information and get to know one another.

Meet at a moot

S4Nd moots are regular group catch-ups for neurodiverse people to socialise, share information and get to know one another. The moots are a way to connect with like-minded individuals in a non-judgemental, welcoming way. It is a term to describe social events where people get together to socialise and make new friends.

Did you know?

The word ‘moot’ in Anglo-Saxon times referred to village meetings where decisions were made about how to divide their crops and deal with local issues. A meeting would be called a ‘moot hall’ and often held in an assembly building, equivalent to today’s town hall. A ‘moot point’ would be an item for discussion at one of these meetings. Today, the term moot is still commonly used within the Pagan community.  

Lord of the Rings readers may recall the Entmoot’, a meeting of the Ents to discuss their plans to attack Saruman’s fortress at Isengard.

Online moots

Currently, S4Nd moots are online using Zoom. They run several times a week and contain information and a good amount of sharing and chatting between the group. It’s designed to be as accessible and flexible as possible, you can be anonymous, arrive and leave at any point and don’t have to join in if you don’t want to. Cameras and mics can be left off and you can use the chat function instead of speaking.

Moots offer an opportunity to take part in informative discussions but you can also spend time getting to know people, have a great conversation, make new friends and most importantly, have fun.

We have created a Community group dedicated to our Online moots and members within our Community Area. To access the group you can find out more information here.  

New members

To learn more, new members can join introductory sessions just before the Monday and Saturday moots. There’s then the opportunity to stay on to join the moot and to meet our friendly members. Check out our event calendar for more information.

Our first moot took place following an open invitation to neurodivergent people in Calderdale to meet to see if there was an appetite for S4Nd. We became a community group and we started to host moots across Calderdale. Our first moot was in Sowerby Bridge, then we held them in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Halifax. We were seeking suitable venues in Brighouse and Elland, but Coronavirus put an end to this. Our philosophy is that we don’t want to remove people from society by meeting in community or similar buildings. How does that help to make society inclusive and accepting of difference? We also want what we do together to be accessible, for this reason, we choose go to where our members are. We have some exciting plans for 2022 once the Covid restrictions are eased and we all feel safe again. We intend to continue our moots face-to-face in Calderdale as well as across the UK. These may be in the evenings and, as before the pandemic, will be arranged in venues that are open to the public so we can get to know one another.

Angie Balmer, CEO, Society for Neurodiversity Tweet

Find out more

For more information about S4Nd moots and how to join them, visit the Community area. To access the community area, log in here.

If you’re not already a member join S4Nd, membership is free.