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