The emotional telling of one family’s path to Prior’s Court and the positive impact made on their lives has made the longlist for an industry award.

Prior’s Court’s short film “Our impact – Geoff and Shaun’s story” has been nominated in the Charity Film Awards 2021, with public votes now being taken to help whittle down to a final shortlist.

Shaun, who is 22 and has complex autism, is in our Young Adult Provision, having joined Prior’s Court when he was 11-years-old.

In the film, shot in the summer of 2020, Geoff, Shaun’s father, 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 Prior's Court.

The film, produced by Newbury-based ECP Video, can be seen below.

To vote, go to the awards website (if voting from a mobile device or tablet, this link is more suitable - just scroll down to find our film). You will be asked to submit your name and an email address.

When the vote closes, expert judges will review and score the films with a shortlist then announced. A second round of public voting will then open with the winners announced at a ceremony in February.

A longer version of the film is also available and can be seen below.