Skillway works with both boys and girls, who find their education and social progress restricted by their inability to work successfully in large groups and who are, therefore, at risk of truancy. These youngsters can be unmotivated and disillusioned about their own capabilities and have often grown up in difficult circumstances.

Skillway gives each student practical tuition from (mostly retired) volunteers who provide strong and nurturing role models to students whilst teaching skills such as woodwork, metal work, stone engraving etc. Progress is logged in their record books, and students are encouraged to aim for accredited AQA qualifications. The tuition provides the students with a skill for life, but also the benefit of softer social skills such as being prepared for study/work and interacting with other students and adults. When equipped with manual skills, the young people are able to access further training and employment in motor mechanics, building and construction trades.

The grant has helped to ensure that over 40 pupils during this academic year received ‘hands on’ learning from our skilled and trade-experienced craftsmen.

The High Sheriff commented; ‘The importance of this opportunity to these young people cannot be over emphasised. Thank you Skillway, for making Surrey’s communities safer and stronger’.


Awarded 2019-2020



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