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.


Speak With A Picture

SWAP is an exciting new project aimed at pre-school children and it started in September 2018.

Speak With A Picture has been funded by the BBC Children In Need and is aimed at pre-school children with a social communication disorder living within the Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge Boroughs.

The programme is aimed at predominantly non-verbal children or children with limited communication skills.   The programme uses an alternative communication system designed to provide individuals with the ability to share their own wants and needs.   The aim of the programme is for children and their families to develop communication skills that can be widely used every day.

The programme is based at the Sycamore Trust UK in Dagenham and started in September 2018.  Families will be invited to attend 12 weekly sessions with a view to improving communication skills and building parental confidence.  The sessions will last approximately for an hour each week and each child will be supported by two Sycamore staff along with their parents. 

If you are interested in this exciting new programme for your child, or if you’re a professional with a family that you feel would benefit from the programme, please contact the SWAP Team at telephone 020 8517 9317 for further information.