An Independent Future with Autism

by Sarah Southernwood in Great Yarmouth, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £18,402

raised so far

+ est. £95.00 Gift Aid

537

supporters

To deliver a service for our autistic community by offering support, guidance and training and opportunities to encourage independence.

by Sarah Southernwood in Great Yarmouth, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 9th May 2022 we'd raised £840 with 17 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Sunbeams is a standalone charity that supports children and young people with autism and other related conditions including ADHD, mental health, learning disabilities and so much more.  Our team is made up of people who either have autism themselves or a family members with autism - so there is a high level of knowledge and experience around the support requirements our members deserve and need.

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Sunbeams works with their members to help them build on existing skills and develop new skills essential for beginning to have a level of independence.  We want to offer our members every chance to succeed and give them every opportunity they need as they transition in to adulthood.

To do this we focus heavily on developing our members life and social skills and build their confidence and self-esteem, encouraging them to believe in themselves and their value to the whole community.  This is done by providing opportunities for learning such as social situations where our members need to interact with local business owners.  We will be going on camping trips where our members will cook their own food over a campfire and engage with forest schools. We attend local venues where we pay bills, order food, order drinks, check our change etc.

To further our project we need your support to enable us to provide work experience opportunities, training, C.V. writing, practicing interviews and purchasing a smart new suit!  We also want to provide support where needed whilst our members are at work experience. We also want to educate the public about autism and how to accept and understand the nuance's of our autistic community.

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Our overall aim is to help provide our autistic community with opportunities to grow and develop the skills needed for a fruitful, meaningful and positive transition into adulthood.  Promoting self worth, confidence and optimism for a bright future and paving the way for success in the work force without relying on benefits to survive.

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