Preston mum sets up self-help website for those with disabilities

A Preston Mum has set up an online resource to aid people who come into contact with disabilities.

Skiggle.co.uk is the new website that enables people of all ages who come into contact with disabilities, either personally or professionally, to experience a mutual support network.

Users of Skiggle can provide each other with practical help and assistance, share experiences and find solutions to difficulties.

The website has an SOS solution system for care-based essentials, which means that fully registered users can request immediate assistance from other users in unforeseen circumstances.

There is also a marketplace feature, in which users can buy, sell and find for free a range of items that can help aid some disabilities

The site is currently live and has over 200 registered users.

Founder, Christine Singleton, from Preston, set up Skiggle in August 2016 after experiencing a time of need.

On a family holiday, a box of milk feed had not been packed, which her son, who has quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy, was reliant upon and imminently needed.

Christine said: “Sometimes, as a parent of a child with disabilities, getting through everyday life feels like wading through treacle; there are always obstacles to overcome and new unexpected challenges to face.

“I am no computer whizz, and neither am I an entrepreneur, but I am a mother to three children, the eldest of whom has profound complex needs.

“I battle and manage what can sometimes feel like the twists and turns of the unexpected every day, which upon occasion means that in amidst it all, I forget something – this was how Skiggle came to be.

“Had I someone to turn to on that day, had someone been able to offer me a helping hand, the predicament that I found myself in would have been easily remedied.

“Ultimately, none of us are experts; we are parents and carers who are trying to do the best for our loved ones.

“While services and professionals exist in constant parallel to our lives, and provide much needed support and guidance, I discovered the hard way that parallel does not always mean accessible.

“I know that alone I cannot help everyone, but I believe that through the creation of the online Skiggle community – through the uniting of parents and carers like myself – we can all start to help each other.

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.

Skiggle’s success is wholly dependent upon individual’s registering and then being willing to help one another in times of need.

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