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 400 children and young people aged 4-19. SELFA has a packed calendar, including a range of health and wellbeing programmes, peer support groups, targeted holiday workshops, trips and residential breaks.  In March 2017 ‘Skipton Extended Learning for All’ was incorporated as ‘SELFA’, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Registered Number 1169686).

Our vision

A community where all children and young people are celebrated and know they belong.

Our mission

SELFA is a charity that supports children and families experiencing vulnerabilities to build resilience, thrive and achieve.

Who do we support?

We receive referrals for children who are facing a range of adverse childhood experiences.  For those accessing our services in the last year:

  • 46% had emotional/behavioural needs
  • 22% had autistic spectrum disorder
  • 21% had learning disabilities
  • 17% are young carers
  • 10% have physical health issues

They often have low self-esteem, lack confidence and are socially isolated.

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
  • Build resilience
  • Promote aspirations