Find out how by contacting us at:
Skills for Independent Living Scheme
18 Athol Street
Douglas, Isle of Man
Tel: 07624 485999
Or use our online contact form.
Children's Christmas Chaos Cafe in Sulby raised an amazing £316.30 for the Charity. Thank you to all involved in particular Mr. & Mrs. Lole who opened up their home and created this wonderful event.
Nedgroup Investments very kindly donated funds to the Charity at Christmas in lieu of a secret Santa. A generous £95 for the charity. Every penny counts.
Bucket collection after a performance of Glee at the Gaiety Theatre in November raised £67.00. Thanks to all who kindly helped.
Skills for Independent Living Scheme was developed out of a desire to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Since its inception, we have worked hard to provide support where it's most needed.
Our Charity relies exclusively on donations. There are no administration costs. Every penny assists the end user. And remember, a little often goes a long way.
We're always happy to welcome new volunteers who would like to dedicate some of their time to our charity. If you'd like to lend a hand, please don't hesitate to contact us, new members are always welcome.
Georgie is the founder of the Charity SKILS. She and her husband have a son with high functioning autism and they have continuously fought to have their son obtain the best and most appropriate education. They maintain that Ollie is 'different not less'. Although from the Isle of Man, she has lived and worked for extensive periods in the Cayman Islands and Canada. Georgie's background is in finance and marketing and when not lobbying for those with additional needs, she runs a cookery school in the Isle of Man.
Mark is the Head of Charitable Services for The Children's Centre and he has played an active part in the Third Sector both here and in the UK for over 15 years. In his current role, he works with the Community Farm, which is unique on the Isle of Man, and provides a nurturing and educational environment for all who visit, helping people grow whilst reconnecting with the countryside. He is delighted to be part of the work of SKILS, bringing his knowledge of the sector, experience of inclusion and a real passion to make a difference.
Simon Spenser joined the Board of Trustees when SKILS was first established. He has worked in the Finance Sector here on the Isle of Man since 1993 in both life assurance and fund management where he has put his accountancy qualification to use in many different roles. Simon’s involvement with the charity was triggered when his employer Nedgroup Investments appointed SKILS as its chosen charity. Simon felt an immediate affinity to SKILS and its aims as he has a sister with learning difficulties. She was fortunate to benefit from some post-mainstream further education in the UK specifically designed to teach her how to live independently in terms of household chores and holding down a small part-time job. Having this opportunity has enabled her to live as independently as possible with only minor intervention from others, making her life more fulfilling life and being less of a burden on society. Simon is keen to see other similar opportunities afforded to young people leaving mainstream education who don’t qualify for further education funding, but would benefit from it, and so is fully committed to SKILS and its aims.
After 30 years as a prison governor grade in England, the last four years working for HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Francis came to the Island in 2004. He has been involved with Citizens Advice Service in Ramsey and has served on a number of government bodies including the Appointments Commission, the Mental Health Commission and the Advocates Disciplinary Tribunal. He believes passionately that in a prosperous community like the Isle of Man it is critical to ensure that our fellow citizens who are in less fortunate situations are protected and enabled to achieve their full potential.
Peter was the Access Team Leader at Myerscough College in Preston for a number of years. He feels the experience gained by those with additional needs attending Myerscough is invaluable. 'Students develop with confidence, self respect and acquire social skills through living in a small community where they are aware of others. Along the way they pick up vocational skills which will hopefully help them enter work.'