Why an arts centre?

Up to 80% of young people at Prior’s Court are pre-verbal and our arts provision offers a powerful means of communicating needs, expressions and feelings, whatever their background or ability.

We have a strong track record of helping the young people we support achieve things beyond imagination through our arts provision - from writing our own anthem for autism Let Me Shine, re-recording the song at the historic Abbey Road Studios, and staging on-site music festivals. So many young people's lives have been greatly enriched by these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Our current on-site performing arts space limits the number of young people we are able to involve in performing arts, the size of audiences and the scope and nature of the projects we can deliver. While there is a lack of purpose-built theatrical spaces to support the needs of autistic young people with complex needs.

We are only limited by our facilities, not by our ambitions.

Sue Piper, Director of Learning

We are seeking funding for an innovative and ground-breaking performing arts centre – a bespoke on-site facility to help transform the lives of autistic young people with complex needs, both at Prior's Court and in the wider community.

Donate to our Performing Arts Centre appeal

Artists render of the external building

Image: Artist's render of the Let Me Shine Performing Arts Centre

Explore the features of the arts centre

See the Case for Support booklet for this appeal

Or you can watch our six-part YouTube series below, in which our Director of Operations Mark Bailey, and Sue Piper, Director of Learning, talk about our Performing Arts Centre fundraising project for autistic young people with complex needs.

Check out our blog for regular updates on the project

How you can help

We need your help to create the Let Me Shine Performing Arts Centre at Prior’s Court. 

By supporting this ground-breaking facility, you are helping autistic young people with complex needs meet their full potential and lead healthier, happier and more independent lives. 

For further information or to support this project, please contact our fundraising team on 01635 247202 or email [email protected] 

Donate to our Performing Arts Centre appeal