Professional Services

Sycamore Trust U.K. offers a range of services designed to support professionals who work with people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and/or Learning Difficulties as well as members of the community who have an intrest.

Professional Services

Advocacy

We provide an advocacy service for people with Learning Difficulties.

Some people may need support to be able to understand fully what is being said to them or has been said to them in writing. We believe that everyone has a right to be listened to respectfully and to have their views and choices respected. Our staff take the time to listen carefully to what people are saying and are flexible enough to accommodate choices and changes. We endeavour to enable the choices of the client to be realised.

We are able to offer advocacy for professional meetings e.g. court attendance, legal meetings and child protection meetings.

This service is accessed by professional referral. Price of this service is available upon request. For current pricing please phone the office.

Autism Ambassadors

The Autism Ambassadors project is designed and delivered by people (the ambassadors) with Autism to help raise awareness of Autism.

The project delivers Autism Awareness training to professionals and organisations to assist in removing the barriers that prevent people with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders) from accessing social, education, leisure, employment and other local opportunities.

This is achieved primarily by the ambassadors delivering interactive presentations to local organisations, schools and services, explaining to them about Autism and how they can help. This is followed by a question and answer session, where the ambassadors and service providers can ask each other questions and work together to come up with solutions to potential issues. The project also provides consultation around local services and opportunities.

Through the project the ambassadors will be supported to access the local transport service to get to the various locations to help improve their life skills (travel training).

The project’s main aim is to continue to increase Autism Awareness through the visits in the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge and surrounding boroughs in which we work. During the visits the ambassadors get involved to improve their confidence and social and communication skills. Another aim is to recruit more ambassadors and volunteers. To become an ambassador you need to have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and be aged 12 – 25. To become a volunteer please ring the office.

 

RAAR (Redbridge Autism Awareness Roadshow)

RAAR was set up in June 2014. It is a London Borough of Redbridge funded project that aims to raise and promote Autism Awareness by visiting local services in the borough and identifying the level of understanding already in place. By doing so we hope to achieve a greater number of people using local shops rather than shopping online, boosting the economy of the local area, as well as enabling autistic individuals to be active members of the community.

To do this we carry out free accessibility evaluations which lead to recommendations of reasonable adjustments individual local services could implement to improve their user-friendliness. We also provide information packs and signpost organisations to the Autism Ambassadors who provide Autism Awareness training. After a period of time we return to check on what progress has been made in making these reasonable adjustments.

Training

Autism Awareness Training

Autism Awareness Training Objectives:

  • Gain a clearer understanding of Autism.
  • Strategies for working with people on the spectrum.

Training sessions are interactive to help provide an insight into the Autistic Spectrum.

Price of this service is available upon request. For current pricing please phone the office.

Learning Difficulties Awareness Training

Learning Difficulties Awareness Training Objectives:

  • Gain a clearer understanding of Learning Difficulties.
  • Learn more about different aspects to Learning Difficulties.
  • Strategies for working with people who have Learning Difficulties.

Training sessions can be tailored to your own requirements and carried out either at your place of work or at our premises.

Price of this service is available upon request. For current pricing please phone the office.