The Sunnybank Trust

Provision of an Advocacy Services to people with Learning Disabilities received a £12,500 boost thanks to an ERSF grant to The Sunnybank Trust.

The grant has provided a contribution towards the salaries of two part-time paid staff, professional qualification training costs, volunteer expenses, core costs, and towards the expansion of services in a new project, SHOUT, which commenced in September 2011, now providing Advocacy to young people in transition from Woodlands School (special needs school in Leatherhead).

The grant provided the stability and fiscal confidence required by the management to continue the advocacy service and develop expansion plans to reach young people, filling a gap identified for those in transition (aged 16-19 yrs), attending the special needs school.

“The grant has enabled us to employ the services of a specially trained advocate for 10 hours per week to deliver the service,” said Funding Development Manager Juliet Newton-Smith. “Presently we are supporting eight young people and will remain alongside until they attain the age of 24 or move into the Sunnybank adult advocacy service.”

Grant Entry