The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust has provided a grant to Prior's Court, a Berkshire based charity supporting young people aged 5-25 who are severely challenged by their autism and have learning difficulties and complex needs.  The grant has helped to fund the new onsite Young Adult Provision which fully opened in September 2013 and is aimed at empowering young adults age 19 - 25 with autism and complex needs to lead a fulfilling and purposeful life.

The Prior's Court Young Adult Provision appeal was first launched in 2008 following significant demand from parents and key stakeholders for a young adult transitional facility to help develop essential life and vocational skills and better prepare them for their move into adult services in the future.  There has been huge demand for the places in the provision with all places filled in advance of opening, clearly demonstrating both the need for such a provision and the confidence that local authorities have in the service.

The appeal has been very generously supported by The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust and all at Prior's Court are extremely grateful for the support in helping to turn the Young Adult Provision into a reality and provide an excellent facility for young people with autism.

Comment from a parent

"Our son has had twelve amazing years at Prior's Court school during which he has developed so far beyond even our wildest expectations.  To look back at the almost nonverbal little boy who had just turned 7, barely slept and was pretty much out of control who arrived at Prior's Court in September 2001 and compare him to the young man with real skills in so many areas who is moving on to The Cottages it seems impossible to believe they are one and the same person.  It is a great comfort to know that the levels of skill and professionalism that has supported Reuben will continue when he moves later this year to The Cottages."

The official Phase Three opening – the people (left to right) Gordon Bull - Trustee, Reuben Baxter – Young Adult, Stephen Bajdala-Brown – Principle & CEO,Sonny Carroll – Young Adult, Michael Todhunter – Appeal Chairman


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