Family Services

Sycamore Trust U.K. offers a range of services designed to help and support families who have children and adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and / or Learning Difficulties.

Family Support

Support and information for families affected by all aspects of Autistic Spectrum Disorders and / or Learning Difficulties including:

  • Information on Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
  • Information on Learning Difficulties.
  • Education Issues.
  • Benefit Issues (including form filling and letter writing).
  • Regular Autism Parent Support Groups.
  • Access to practical resources.
    • e.g. symbols, picture timetables and social stories.
  • Conferences and Workshops.
  • Support and advocacy at meetings.

Parent Support Group

The monthly support groups for parents/carers of children and adults with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder is a great way to access information and meet with other parents in an informal and friendly setting.

We regularly have guest speakers who offer a range of information which would be of interest to families. Our staff are also on hand to offer advice and information either in the group setting or where needed on a one-to-one basis.

Please contact the office for further information. 

Family Activities

Throughout the year we offer a range of family activities which members will have access to. These have included:

  • Family Christmas Disco.
  • Children’s Christmas Party.
  • Family Day Trips.

Members will receive invites when these events are taking place.


The Way2Say group provides support for pre-school children with complex social communication difficulties.

The Way2Say group supports families living in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. The aim of the group is to deliver Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) to children (aged 2-4) and their families through a multi-agency team.

Way2Say supports the implementation of PECS through parent groups and home visits. The group run twice a year over 3-4 months period and meets fortnightly to discuss PECS principles, share ideas and problem solve. On alternate weeks two co-workers (PECS trained) visit the child and family at home to practice PECS and discuss strategies.

Way2Say co-workers are recruited from a range of services including health, education and the voluntary sector. They are a multi-agency group which includes Specialist Nursery Nurses, Portage Workers, Speech & Language Therapists and Play and Communication Workers. All co-workers have attended the two day PECS training run by Pyramid Educational Consultants.

This project is accessed via professional referral.