Young People's Services

Sycamore Trust U.K. offers a range of services designed for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and / or Learning Difficulties. All staff and volunteers receive up-to-date training to allow them to support our young people in the appropriate man

Youth Clubs – Ages 8-13

We run two youth clubs for people with Autism aged 8 – 13. One of these is based in Dagenham and the other in Rainham. While at the club’s members will be able to benefit from a range of activities which have in the past included: a variety of arts and craft, various cooking activities, physical activities including sports evenings and competition nights as well as members being able to have access to information technology including computers with internet access.

All the activities are carefully designed and structured to enable all members, whatever their ability, to engage and interact with the all the activities to the best of their individual ability. To achieve this, we run a waiting list for the clubs to ensure that the clubs are not overcrowded. If you would like to attend one of these clubs, please phone the office on the details provided. Before attending any club, a home visit / risk assessment will need to be completed with a parent / carer, the young person and one of our team members in attendance.

Once a club member reaches the age of 13 they will have the opportunity to progress to our 13-18 year old youth clubs.

For more information about these youth clubs please phone the office on the details provided on the contact page.

 

Youth Clubs – Ages 13-18

We run two older youth clubs for people with Autism aged 13-18. One of these clubs is based in Dagenham and the other in Romford. While at the club’s members will be able to benefit from a range of club based activities as well as sessions out in the local and wider community. Activities at these clubs are adapted to suit all abilities and needs and are designed to help improve the attendee’s confidence, self-esteem and support them to move forward towards being more independent. In order to achieve these members are encouraged to help design the schedule of activities they participate in which in the past have included: Life skills (including cooking a three course meal), learning about other countries and cultures as well as trips out in the community (Sports centre and in the past a trip up to London on the train as well as many others.)

All the activities are carefully designed and structured to enable all members whatever their ability to engage and interact with the all the activities to the best of their individual ability. To achieve this, we run a waiting list for the clubs to ensure that the clubs are not overcrowded. If you would like to attend one of these clubs, please phone the office on the details provided. Before attending any club, a home visit / risk assessment will need to be completed with a parent / carer, the young person and one of our team members in attendance.

Once a club member reached the age of 18 they will have the opportunity to progress onto our 18-25 Group.

For more information about these youth clubs please phone the office on the details provided on the contact page.

 

Under 8 Activities

For our current list of under 8 activities please phone the office.

Befriending Project

A befriender is a trained volunteer who visits a young person with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder on a one to one basis, for a few hours a week. Starting in the young person’s own home, leading to helping the young person get out and about in the local area or wider community.

Befrienders provide genuine companionship. They can play games, chat, listen and can also help with social skills, life skills and promote independence.

Once referred to the Befriending Project (self-referrals can be made), the Project Manager will visit the family to complete an assessment to help build a picture to find the most suitable volunteer to match the young person with.

We take time to match a befriender with a young person to ensure compatibility, by taking into account common interests and personality. When a befriender has been found an introduction will be made between the young person and befriender, along with the parent/carer and Project Manager. Regular reviews are held with all involved parties.

As well as the young person having a friend to build a relationship with, much needed respite is provided for the family.

This is a project for young people with Autism aged 8 – 18.