The Silver Birch Children’s Trust

Supporting children with Special Educational Needs in Norfolk and Suffolk

Welcome to The Silver Birch Children’s Trust

We are a small registered charity which has been formed to help children in the rural counties of Norfolk and Suffolk with Autistic Spectrum Disorders or communication difficulties. The Charity was established in November 2017 in response to the difficulties of obtaining funding for early intervention services for very young children 3-5 years of age with special educational needs and disabilities and in particular those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or communication difficulties.

The Charity has now granted bursaries to over 60 children for therapy and assessments. This support has helped families find a way forward by providing much needed therapy for their children and enabling assessments which have often helped with the process of obtaining an EHCP. 

Unfortunately, in the wake of the COVID pandemic and the current economic climate , fundraising has proved an insurmountable obstacle. Accordingly and with great regret, the Trustees have decided that they have no option but to wind up the Silver Birch Children’s Fund when current funds have been distributed. 

As funds are now very limited, we have decided that applications for the Summer Term 2021 can only be considered for children in the 3-5 age range. The deadline for these applications will be 15th February 2021.

So, if you are the parent or guardian of a child with ASD or communication difficulties and they meet the following criteria:

    • they reside in the counties of Norfolk or Suffolk
    • they are aged 3-5, and you have been advised that they need early intervention therapy
  • they qualify for an EHCP and you have been advised that they need specialist assessment

then you may be able to get help towards the cost of assessment or therapy. Please browse our website, read the information for applicants and download our application form. Please then complete the form and send it as an attachment to

Deadlines for the submission of applications are as follows:

  • 15th June for the following Autumn Term
  • 15th November for the following Spring Term and
  • 15th February for the following Summer Term

Our Latest News

SBCT has made awards to over 40 children in Norfolk and Suffolk since it was founded in 2017. Many parents have expressed their appreciation for the support their children have received.

“SBCT were quick to respond, and I was absolutely over the moon to see my son had been awarded a bursary towards the cost of the one-off assessment he needed. I couldn’t be happier, and highly recommend reaching out to this amazing charity should your child need support with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.” Mr LA, Parent to Hxxx (now aged 8) Jan 2020

“When the result landed in my email inbox I was delighted to read that my daughter had been awarded a bursary towards the cost of therapy sessions for half a term. Without this funding we would never have been able to be encouraged to try therapy due to the cost, and I am forever grateful for SBCTs kind generosity.” Mrs NT, Parent to Exxxx (now aged 5) May 2020


Contact Us

Silver Birch Children’s Trust
c/o 1 Whinfell Close

Reg. Charity No.

The Silver Birch Children's Trust

Registered charity number: 1175667

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