Star of short film attends awards
Support given to provide apprenticeships
within our IT department has been
recognised by a leading training provider.
Prior's Court has received a Certificate of
Commendation as part of the West Berkshire
Training Consortium's (WBTC) Investment in Training
This is in recognition of our IT team supporting the
skill development of an apprentice over the course of
an 18-month programme run by WBTC.
The citation for the award read: "A panel of WBTC
colleagues assessed all of our employers who have
really gone above and beyond in supporting their
apprentices and learners. We know from nearly 40
years of experience that the commitment from
employers like you has a huge impact on the success
of an apprentice now and into their career.
"Given what a testing 24 months it has been, please
can you pass on a huge thanks to all the team who
have been involved and we look forward with you
and your future apprentices."
Staff training and skill development is a key part
of Prior's Court life, such as residential staff being
supported to gain industry recognised diploma
qualifications in care.
Recognition for apprenticeship support
Karen Dodd from West Berkshire Training Consortium
presents Prior's Court's IT Service Desk Manager
Samantha Keaney with the Investment In Training Award
The people power of Prior's Court's
supporters earned a film featuring one of
our amazing young people second place
at an awards evening.
Prior's Court's short film "Our impact - Geoff and
Shaun's story" was named as a finalist in the Charity
Film Awards 2022, with the winners announced at
a ceremony at the Odeon LUXE cinema in Leicester
Square, London, in March
The film missed out on a top three place in its
category, but did take the silver prize in the People's
Choice award in the category. This award is based
on the number of votes cast for the film after it was
nominated in the awards scheme, with the main
award decided by a judging panel.
Prior's Court was represented at the awards evening
by Shaun, one of our young adults who is the focus
of the film, along with his father Geoff, Shaun's
keyworker Santi Martinez Parra, Robin Cottage
Home Manager Clare Maxwell, (all pictured right)
and Marketing and PR Manager Dan Whiteway, who
produced the film.
"Our impact - Geoff and Shaun's story" tells the story
of Shaun's path to Prior's Court and the positive
impact made on his life and his family as a whole.
In the film, shot in the summer of 2020, Geoff, tells
his story about how complex autism has impacted
his family, which includes having to have to make the
decision for Shaun to live at Prior's Court, more than
80 miles away from the family home in Dorset, to
ensure he gets the right support he needs in life.
But Geoff also explains how Prior's Court's approach
has changed Shaun's life, and his family's. Geoff
speaks about how Prior's Court's work has allowed
his family, including Shaun, to do more activities
together and ultimately to be "more of a family".
Geoff also speaks of his hopes for his son -
independent living and work - while reflecting on
how much Shaun has changed since he came to
The winner in the £20m to £50m turnover category
which our film was placed in was a production by the
Scouts Association. The winner of the People's Choice
award in the category was MS Society.
Right, during the
production of the
Below, at the