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The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust has now closed.

The Trust has now completed its planned spend out of resources and has closed. To mark our 25 years of funding, with grants totalling nearly £20 million, we have commissioned the film below to tell, in brief, the story of the Trust.

The film includes:

  • the story of Miss Sylvia Adams whose collection of fine arts created the endowment for the Trust 
  • a selection of the work we have supported since 1997 
  • our legacy funding, which we commend to other funders for continued support, of early years’ preventative work, featuring:

Breaking Down Barriers: understanding genetics together:

a national network of over 60 organisations working together for the benefit of all families and communities in the UK with genetic conditions. Together they are increasing equitable access to genetic services; improving the support families receive; enabling families to make informed choices about future pregnancies and contributing to national policy on genetics and rare conditions.

Cued Speech UK:

Bringing the Choices programme to families across the country when a child is diagnosed deaf, so that parents can make informed decisions about language and literacy choices for their child. This includes the use of Cued Speech, a system of 8 hand shapes in 4 positions near the mouth which enhances lip reading and makes language visible.

National Organisation for FASD:

working to prevent Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder through increased education about the risks of alcohol use in pregnancy; supporting those with FASD and their families and promoting best policy and practice across all services.

Prison Advice and Care Trust:

working to improve the lives of children whose mothers are in prison, through increased and improved visits and contacts and specifically through the provision of dedicated social workers within women’s prisons to support the crucial mother/child relationship.

The Sutton Trust:

using expert research and working with policy makers and other charitable and educational organisations, to secure equal access to high quality early years education for children in England and Wales, with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged children.

Wild Young Parents Project:

 using their 30 years’ experience and expertise working to support young parents and their children across Cornwall, to build a national network of organisations working together to develop best practice and influence policy, to help bring an end to the intergenerational disadvantages for the children of young parents.

We wish all those charities we have worked with, and other funders, every success in the future.