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Trusts, Foundations and Statutory Bodies

We always have projects that need funding across the country - and one of them could be making the same difference you want to make. Your donation could contribute to a specific project or area of our work, or you could allow us to use it where it’s needed the most.

If you would like to discuss how our joined resources can have an impact in the lives of young people with autism and their families, please contact Silvia Dobrovich at 020 8815 5142 or

See how some of our current funders have chosen to work with us:

Pears Foundation

Pears Foundation has been a longstanding supporter for Ambitious about Autism over many years. They have offered major investment in TreeHouse School and Ambitious College, whilst also funding the core work of Ambitious about Autism including our policy work and the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), founded in partnership with the Institute of Education.

In recognition of the Foundation’s unique support and partnership, we are honoured to have named our building the Pears National Centre for Autism Education and the new permanent facilities opening in September 2016 for Ambitious College will be named the Pears campuses.

Their interest and dedication has allowed us to build a strong partnership: seeking to build capacity across the sector and encourage collaboration. We are so grateful to Pears Foundation for their overwhelming commitment; we could not have achieved the reach and impact we have without their support, guidance and involvement.

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Garfield Weston Foundation

Garfield Weston are supporting our work with Ambitious College. Ambitious College is a specialist further education provision for learners with complex autism which provides specialist support to enable young people with autism to access further education in their local community. The aim of the College is to enable its learners to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to make a successful transition to adulthood and to live, work and contribute as part of their community.

Ambitious College provides its learners with a specialist curriculum that meets their needs and interests. It is delivered by highly skilled and experienced staff, and provides opportunities to learn locally through a range of partnerships with local employers, services and our mainstream college partners.

The college is located on the Grahame Park campus of Barnet and Southgate College, with an additional campus opening in Southall at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College in September 2015.

We continue our campaign to raise £4.4 million to develop the permanent sites for Ambitious College in north and west London.

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Comic Relief

Comic Relief is funding our work with our Youth patrons. Our Youth Patrons work with us to raise awareness of autism and make sure everything we do here is what young people with autism really want. Comic Relief contributes to the costs of our Participation Officer and Policy and Public Affairs Manager, who coordinate and support our Patrons in the various activities they are involved in, from autism events to party conferences. Find out more about our Youth Patrons.

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BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need is funding a part-time Family Support Worker post for three years. This is facilitating work with children with complex autism, their siblings and families. Through therapeutic sessions, and sibling group sessions the project aims to reduce challenging behaviour and improve emotional well being.

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City Bridge Trust

The City Bridge Trust is funding a full-time Employment Specialist post for three years. This is helping young people with complex autism in to employment.

Department of Health's Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund

The Department of Health is funding our myVoice project. myVoice is an innovative, three-year volunteering project funder by the Department of Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund and run by Ambitious about Autism in partnership with YouthNet, British Youth Council and the National Union of Students.

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Department for Education

The Department for Education funded our Finished at School programme from April 2013 for two years. We worked with nasen and the Association of Colleges to deliver the programme which aimed to develop new and innovative models of support to enable young people with autism, including those with complex autism, to access education beyond school, particularly in general further education colleges. The final programme dissemination event was held in March 2015 to share the information and learning gathered throughout the programme with colleagues in the further education sector, as well as policy and decision makers.



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