Autism employment project receives dough-nation from Berkshire Freemasons
A ground breaking bakery project, run by Prior’s Court School in Hermitage, to help young autistic people find work, will receive a major boost from Berkshire Freemasons.
Prior’s Court are in the process of developing a bakery, which will produce a range of delicious baked products while helping their young autistic workforce to develop marketable skills and increase their chances of finding work.
Now, thanks to the £65,500 grant from Berkshire Freemasons, the salary of the Master Baker in charge will be covered for two years, and the charity is looking to appoint a suitable candidate.
Figures from the National Autistic Society show that only 16% of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid employment, and only 32% are in some kind of paid work. The young people at Prior’s Court are all profoundly affected by their autism, so employment will be even harder to come by, making this project potentially life-changing for those involved.
The grant from Berkshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.
Ruth Over, New Services Development Manager at Prior’s Court said:
“We’re really grateful to Berkshire Freemasons for their help. We’re working hard to find the right candidate, so that once building work is complete we have our Master Baker in post and are ready to go. It’s a special job in that we need someone with a strong bakery background, but who is also happy working hands on supporting young people with autism.”
Anthony Howlett-Bolton from Berkshire Freemasons said:
“We’re very pleased to be able to support this excellent scheme at Prior’s Court School, which will give local young people with autism a chance to acquire marketable skills and real experience of the workplace.”
To find out more about the groundbreaking bakery project, visit www.priorscourt.org.uk.