About us

Who are we?

SELFA was set-up in 2007 as ‘Skipton Extended Learning for All’ (Registered Charity Number 1124020) by Chief Officer, Emma Pears. The Charity provided an inclusive holiday club and a some holiday workshops for primary-aged children. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and now supports over 350 vulnerable, disadvantaged and disabled children and young people aged 4-19. SELFA has a packed calendar of activities, including a range of after-school clubs, holiday workshops, family trips and residentials. In March 2017 ‘Skipton Extended Learning for All’ was incorporated as ‘SELFA’, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Registered Number 1169686).

Our vision

A community where vulnerable, disadvantaged and disabled children and young people experience happiness and belonging.

Our mission

SELFA is a charity that nurtures and supports vulnerable children and young people through enriching experiences to enable them to be the best they can be.

Who do we support?

We receive referrals for children facing varied and complex challenges, including mental and physical health issues, family breakdown, deprivation, caring responsibilities and bullying. They often have low self-esteem and self-confidence, are socially isolated and display emotional and behavioural problems.

Our social objectives for the children and young people we work with are to:
• Encourage independence
• Support positive relationships
• Build self-esteem
• Give children a sense of belonging