New autism group gains £4,000 grant

NEWLY-FORMED local organisation Families for Autism has been presented with a grant of more than £4,000 by a group of teenagers who run the East Sussex Youthbank.

Families for Autism applied to the Youthbank for money from its Aiming High for Disabled Children fund to help open a youth club for teenagers with Aspergers and high functioning autism, and was delighted to receive the award.
It will use the money to help with set up costs and equipment for the club, as well as for bowling and swimming trips for the young people involved.

Mark Jones, chief executive of Families for Autism, said: ”The feedback from the young people on the Youthbank panel was so encouraging and it was brilliant to receive the news that we’d been given the grant.”

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Sarah Trainor, 14, a member of the youth panel which decided to award the grant, said the charity’s bid for funds had been one of the best seen for some


East Sussex Youthbank is a scheme where young people can apply for money for a community project, and other young people decide who to give the money to. Further details about the scheme can be found online at:

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