To raise awareness for World Autism Day on April 2nd, UK charity Prior’s Court has released the single ‘Let Me Shine’ on Spinnup, which was performed by the staff and young people at their Berkshire centre.
Written by Jamie Jay and Carlos Posada from Oxford four-piece Low Island, the song is performed by young people with severe autism and aims to raise awareness for the condition, as well as increase acceptance and understanding of the full spectrum.
Prior’s Court work with 80 young people aged 5 to 25 from 40 authorities across the UK with severe autism and severe learning difficulties. 80% of the young people are non-verbal and all have significant difficulties with communication. Before joining Prior’s Court many children or young adults are in crisis, often with placements having broken down, and families struggling to cope. The specialist approach at Prior’s Court school and young adult provision enables the students to achieve progress in all areas of their lives.
“Accept me for who I am and let me shine.”
“We were blown away by the incredible relationships we saw between the staff and young people, and wanted that sense of warmth and joy to come across in the song,” says Jamie and Carlos.
The accompanying video reflects the special bonds forged between students and their highly trained staff, and how crucial the 24-hour care and support provided by schools and colleges like Prior’s Court is for their development. The lyrics highlight this: “I have made a connection, A special bond…You and I are friends for life, Stand next to me, walk by my side.”
CEO, Mike Robinson, estimates that there are around 1000-1500 young people in the whole country who require the high level of specialist support provided by Prior’s Court. As he explains: “’Let Me Shine’ encapsulates in a number of ways what we’re trying to do at Prior’s Court. The core of it is that we’re trying to be as ambitious as we possibly can for our young people; letting our young people shine.”
Over several months the students were taught the song by staff, including the speech and language therapists using communication methods including signing, symbols and written words. Staff at Universal Music UK advised Prior’s Court on the set up of the release, and Spinnup donated the cost of distribution. We loved working with the people at Prior’s Court to distribute the release, and in the process learning more about the work they do and the young people they support.
We are so proud to have been involved in the release of this beautiful and uplifting tack, the song is a testament to the achievements of the young people at Prior’s Court and the passion of the specialists who support them, and enable them to shine.
Please support Prior’s Court in the very important work they do by buying or streaming ‘Let Me Shine’ on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, Napster and Tidal. All proceeds raised from the song will go directly towards supporting the young people in care at Prior’s Court.
For more information on Prior’s Court, please visit their website at priorscourt.org.uk