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Trust that works with autistic children in Havering given £140k from the Mayor of London for new three year project

PUBLISHED: 07:15 29 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:02 29 November 2018

The Sycamore Trust has been awarded £140k from the Mayor of London’s Young Londoner Fund. Left to right Lynn Chapman, Nikki Murphy, Ted Forecast, Martin Pringle, Robert Lamb, Steve Dixon and Matt Dyed celebrate the news.

The Sycamore Trust has been awarded £140k from the Mayor of London's Young Londoner Fund. Left to right Lynn Chapman, Nikki Murphy, Ted Forecast, Martin Pringle, Robert Lamb, Steve Dixon and Matt Dyed celebrate the news.

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A charity that works with children with learning difficulties and autism in Havering has been given a "new lease of life" after it was given around £140,000 from the Mayor of London to fund a new project.

The Sycamore Trust has been awarded £140k from the Mayor of London’s Young Londoner Fund. Left to right Lynn Chapman, Nikki Murphy, Ted Forecast, Martin Pringle, Robert Lamb, Steve Dixon and Matt Dyed celebrate the news.The Sycamore Trust has been awarded £140k from the Mayor of London’s Young Londoner Fund. Left to right Lynn Chapman, Nikki Murphy, Ted Forecast, Martin Pringle, Robert Lamb, Steve Dixon and Matt Dyed celebrate the news.

A charity that works with children with learning difficulties and autism in Havering has been given a “new lease of life” after it was given around £140,000 from the Mayor of London to fund a new project.

The Sycamore Trust had to close clubs in Rainham and Romford that helped hundreds of children over the years after Havering Council restructured its funding.

But money from the Mayor of London’s Young Londoners Fund will mean it can start a new project in January.

The Social Survivors programme, which will run for three years, will work with young people with autism in mainstream education, with particular emphasis on important life skills such as establishing safe relationships, travelling on public transport and preparing for social situations.

It will support young autistic people in east London in developing vital life skills, and empower them with the skills needed to live independent and fulfilling lives.

Steve Dixon, communications manager at the trust said these skills will make a huge difference to young people with autism, and that the project will plug the gap left by services that were closed in Havering.

He said: “It is brilliant news that we can start this new project, it means we will be able to give those that need it a really good grounding in life.”

The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has set aside over £45 million for projects that provide educational, cultural and sporting programmes to help young people, especially those at risk of crime and isolation.

The Sycamore Trust works across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge, providing support for families affected by autism.

Sycamore CEO Chris Gillbanks said;“We’re delighted that the Mayor’s Fund has seen fit to support our Social Survivors programme as it will be an enormous benefit to the young people not currently eligible for local authority funding.

“Thanks to the Young Londoners Fund, we can now look forward to helping these youngsters develop the skills that they will need to make a positive contribution to society in the future.”

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