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West Berkshire autistic youths' Father's Day crafts now on sale in Reading's Oracle Centre




Young people at Prior's Court in Hermitage have produced a variety of handmade goods for sale to the public ahead of Father's Day.

Prior's Court offers specialist training and education to young people with autism.

In recent months, the centre has cultivated a relationship with Artisans Handmade UK, a retailer of novelty items with a shop at The Oracle shopping centre in Reading.

Arts and crafts at Prior's Court. (47139253)
Arts and crafts at Prior's Court. (47139253)

Members of the Prior's Court community have created a range of cards, domino clocks, mosaic-topped and resin tables, coasters, chalkboards, planters, wrapping paper and other goods for sale at the shop.

In these craft sessions – which take place at Prior's Court's own workshop – the young people are taught vital life and work skills.

These include both manufacturing techniques and more practical business skills, such as stock-taking and fulfilling deliveries.

Arts and crafts at Prior's Court. (47139249)
Arts and crafts at Prior's Court. (47139249)

It is hoped that the sessions will train the young people for employment.

All money raised from Artisans Handmade UK's sales of Prior's Court-produced items will go towards the purchase of new materials for the workshop.

Vocational teacher Charlie Harris said: "Our young people have contributed at all stages to the items which are now on sale.

"We have regularly sold a range of items on-site to staff and parents in the past and it is hugely exciting to be able to show the wider world what young people at Prior’s Court are capable of. Each item is as unique as our young people.

"We are hugely grateful to Artisans Handmade UK for their continued support of our young people's work."



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