Skiggle: helping the less abled

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Information on this page was last updated on 28/05/2018

Skiggle is currently a self-funded, non-profit on-line community that was launched in August 2016 by Christine: a mother whose young son, with Cerebral Palsy is the inspiration behind the idea. We are based in Preston, Lancashire and are currently in the process of applying to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Our aim is to help people, of all ages, who are involved with disabilities either in a personal or professional capacity. Our primary goal is to create a mutual support network for users to provide each other with practical help.

We achieve this through the creation of a cloud-based SOS solution system for care-based essentials where our members can request immediate assistance in unforeseen circumstances; circumstances that may arise when out on day excursions, or on holiday (such was our own personal experience). Many of the individuals who come into contact with disabilities have a significant store of what can be described as consumables (such as feeding accessories, specialised food, breathing apparatus and continence products) AND have also been in a situation where a vital consumable is missing. The idea is to create a network of individuals willing to help others by providing missing consumables, free of charge, from their own (surplus) stock, in times of need.

It is an unfortunate reality that the NHS can’t always provide support, especially when it is needed unexpectedly. We aim to encourage parents, carers and individuals who exist within the world of disability to support one another when professional services cannot, and address the issue of being left without something essential.

The site also has a marketplace feature where users can donate or buy/sell items pertaining to a wealth of disabilities. In this feature we have launched our bereavement angel; an icon that users can select if they are using the site due to personal loss.

Skiggle also has a facebook page, which offers users access to a ‘support, chat and share’ group. As we recognise that sometimes, individuals need help and support, this group aims to allow members of the Skiggle community to ask for help, ask each other for advice and support when needed, recommend products, ask about services, or just to have a general chat about anything.

Skiggle is about sharing in times of need.

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We have already had members successfully helped via the SOS service, and others sign up as they feel that it eases the fear of going away on holiday and finding themselves without support:

“Just signed up, it’s good to know that if we need an emergency mini button, pads, syringes etc I can call on parents/carers in the same situation”
(April 2018)

“Amazing site! I had an error on my sons feed pipe and no spare. Within an hour of signing up to skiggle I had been given some, by a kind lady who lived in the area I was visiting. Highly recommend and will look forward to passing the kindness on in the future.”
(December 2017)

Skiggle’s Story:

Skiggle was founded by Christine: a busy mum of three children, the eldest of whom is profoundly disabled, and who is the inspiration behind the creation of Skiggle.

In her own words: “the story began when our family went on holiday for a few days. After packing the normal things that every family needs – clothes, food, and the buckets & spades – and then everything that our young man needed, including medication, continence products, syringes, breathing equipment, slings, portable hoist, indoor supported seat, tracheostomy, splints, the normal ton of extra clothes for the inevitable mishaps and the kitchen sink – we set off for our few days away.

We were having a brilliant time, but suddenly I realised that I had forgotten to pack a box of milk feed; feed that our son is reliant upon and imminently needed. What do we do now? I rang the out-of-hours doctor who assured me that she would be able to get me the feed we needed. However, three hours later she informed me that she had been unsuccessful and that our “only option was to either drive home or put our son into a regional children’s hospital!” So, as to avoid unnecessary risk of infection, we felt our only option was for one of us to leave our family and drive home.

This experience gave my husband and me reason for thought; if only there was a warehouse that stored everything you could possibly need, open and accessible any time of the day or night. But where would this be located, as no one location would be suitable for all?

Then, we had a light bulb moment… many of the people who have additional needs have a ‘warehouse’ at home whether it’s in the garage, shed or a spare room. Someone somewhere could have almost certainly helped us, they could have lent us some feed to tide us over, and we could someday have returned the favour.

Skiggle is about sharing in times of need.

ONE GOOD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER! The idea of Skiggle’s SOS service is that everyone signs up to helping someone in need for no other reason than it is the right thing to do.Clearly we are not expecting anyone to try and profit from the provision of this service.

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