Charity (no. 1070227)

Prior's Court Foundation

"Prior’s Court transforms the lives of children and young adults, aged 5 - 25 with severe autism ."

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

Prior's Court transforms the lives of children and young adults, aged 5 - 25 years, from across the UK with severe autism.  In addition to their autism the majority of our young people have at least another 4 conditions such as ADHD, sensory processing disorders,  epilepsy and mental health issues.  Almost all are completely non-verbal.

For their safety, the majority live at Prior's Court 52 weeks a year, where we provide a minimum 1:1 support, 24/7. 

By putting in place structure, processes and routines our young people start to make progress, often for the first time in their lives.  They learn to communicate, sleep and diet improve and challenging behaviours are reduced.  They go on to lead happier, healthier lives and achieve beyond all expectations. 

Our Services Are

Free

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What We Do

For our young people life is extremely challenging and many of them reach us in crisis, when less specialist provisions are unable to meet their needs. Many are out of school or being taught in isolation and the pressure on their families is enormous.

Due to the high level and complexity of need, our first priority is to ensure that they are safe and healthy.

Through our specialist approach, adapted environment and expertise of staff we are able to help them make progress in all areas of their life - often for the first time.

Building autism expertise is fundamental to our success and we share this expertise with parents, families and professionals across the UK and worldwide.

We begin our vocational programme as soon as a child joins the school with activities built around their strengths and interests. For example, practising the skills needed to fold laundry before working at a local national hotel chain; or taking an obsession with cleaning and developing that into an ability to work with the housekeeping team onsite before taking on a placement in the community.

All our young people are given the opportunity to develop a skill or learn something new to use in their every day life. Our extensive facilties and adapted environment mean that young people are able to experience real life opportunities and are encouraged to make choices according to their likes and skillset. This means they grow in confidence, develop new skills and have a real sense of achievement.

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Volunteer

We're extremely lucky to be based on a stunning 52 acre site in west Berkshire.  On our site we have 16 residential homes, a school, young adult provision, horticultural zone, countryside learning centre,  swimming pool, gym, theatre,  commercial bakery and a training and development centre. 

We are able to offer a vast array of year round volunteering for small groups through to larger groups of up to 50 people for larger scale team building.  Whether it be painting a bedroom,  assisting with the animals or lending a helping hand in horticulture, we've something to suit all ages and abilities. 

We also look for teams who might be able to share their personal skills whether it be marketing, HR , IT etc. 

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