The Prior’s Court Foundation has received £100,000 from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity to fund the development of specially designed residential flats to enable young people with severe autism to adjust to living more independently. The Prior’s Court Foundation supports young people with autism, and runs three specialist services: an independent school, young adult provision and a training centre.
This grant is helping to fund the final stage in the building of residential flats for young adults from 19-25 years with autism and moderate to severe learning difficulties, who may have additional complex needs including challenging behaviour. Through the Prior Approach each young adult follows a person centred plan which reflects their needs, skills and interests. Each individual is supported in a wide range of areas including self-care, daily living, vocational, leisure, communication, choice-making and managing their own behaviour. Emphasis is placed on developing each individual’s ability to participate within the local community providing a transitional step towards a more inclusive life.
“We are incredibly grateful to The Freemasons’ Grand Charity for their generous grant, which has enabled us to finish the final stage of our Young Adult Cottages Provision. The Young Adult Cottages support young adults with autism to learn life and vocational skills, emphasis is placed on developing each individual’s ability to participate within the local community, providing a transitional step towards a more inclusive life. With the support of this grant we will be able to offer 20 places to young people aged from 19 to 25 years, supporting them to reach their full learning potential”. Stephen Bajdala-Brown, CEO & Principal, Prior’s Court Foundation.
Speaking about the donation Martin Peters, the head of the Freemasons in Berkshire, said: “This is one of the largest grants being given by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity this year, and we are delighted it is going towards assisting such a worthwhile project in Berkshire. Freemasons are dedicated to helping our community and we are very happy to be able to support these young people to get the most out of life.”
The Major Grants Scheme is just one of the initiatives driven by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity which donates over £2 million to national charities every year.