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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.

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By giving those with learning differences continuing education beyond the age of 18 they will gain:


  • Independence


  • Confidence


  • Domestic and vocational skills


  • Integration


  • Social interaction


  • Motivation


  • Self esteem


Most of all we hope they become fulfilled individuals with a sense of self worth.....


In order for the journey to Myerscough College or any other college/university to be successful, a partnership must be formed between the student, the parents/guardians, the College, the care agency, the Department of Social Care and the Department of Education and Children.  Everyone must agree that by attending a college/university it is the right choice for the student.  Below are contact details of some of those factions and it is imperative that you have contacted them all and that everyone agrees that the decision to attend a college/university in the UK is in the best interests of the prospective student.

Myerscough College - Access - Bringing together skills for everyday living


Myerscough College Access department provides a range of Foundation learning full time and part-time courses for students with additional needs.  These include the MENCAP National Skills Award, ABC Skills for Working Life and NPTC Skills for Working Life specialising in Horticulture, Agriculture, Horse Care and Animal Care, City & Guilds Entry Level 1 in Personal Progress and Certificate in Employability and Personal Development.


Their aim is to help students develop a range of important skills - social, academic and vocational - whilst providing the support and encouragement for them to group in confident and express their personality.


For information about the Access courses at Myerscough College, please contact Course Enquiries:  01995 642211 or


Shared Approach Ltd.


Shared Approach is based in Garstang close to Myerscough College and they support the needs of adults with learning differences.  Their excellent staff provide superb companionship to the Manx students by way of taking them grocery shopping, on hikes, bowling, swimming, to the theatre or to special events.  Activities are usually planned for the weekends when many of the college students leave the campus.  With new students, support can be provided during the week until they have settled into a routine.  Personal development is also a key aim, the staff encourage the students to make informed choices and develop new skills. They help widen social circles whilst maintaining old friendships.


A direct quote from the Director of Student Support from a local FE Residential College is as follows:


“ The support we get from all involved at Shared Approach is simply “Outstanding”, we have an excellent partnership built up over many years of successful work, whereby we have worked together to meet the needs of many individuals – for many supporting them through Educational courses of study enabling them to achieve real life changing experiences and opportunities. “


At present the Isle of Man Government financially assists with this support by paying the staff costs but expenses, i.e. mileage for trips and entrance fees for activities are settled by the student.


For more information about Shared Approach, please contact Dave Sharples:; telephone: 01995 601701 

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