Baily Thomas Foundation & AirS announce new ‘Autism Family Focus’ programme

Action in rural Sussex is delighted to announce it has been granted new funding from the Baily Thomas Foundation to help support families of children with autism. The project will be delivered through COPES (Children’s Outreach and Parents’ Extended Support) and will provide tailored interventions to children and parents in Lewes district.

Delivered over a three month period to improve children’s peer and family relationships, outreach will help families to develop strategies for understanding and managing autism-associated behaviour and emotional health. The objective is to equip families with increased confidence and knowledge, reduce their stress levels and improve overall family life.

Judy Perraton, Team Leader of COPES, commented: “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this new service to children and their families who are often desperate for any available advice and support. Families will be referred through The Child Development Clinic (Scott Unit) regardless of whether a formal autism diagnosis has been given, helping them to enhance learning and social skills.”

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a grant making registered charity. It was established primarily to aid the research into learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability by making grants to voluntary organisations working in this field.

“Supporting rural communities in Sussex to be vibrant and diverse places in which to live and work.”