History, values, commitment


We couldn’t do nothing

we needed to take action

Shirlie project, supporting, young, achievement, ambition

The Shirlie Project was registered as a charity in 1994 after a young lady, Shirley, wanted to take part in a mainstream life. She was told this was not possible as she had a disability

The Shirlie Project was born to support people, like Shirley, who have challenges to fulfil their ambitions, including access to employment.

The charity provides specialised one-to-one employment focused assistance to those who face challenges such as Autism, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Issues all across Highland.

We have been, since 1994, the leading provider of person centred services in local communities throughout the Highlands.  As isolation can be a huge challenge for people we represent, we have opened local offices in Alness, Fort William and Thurso. From there our specialist job coaches are able to respond and give the best support for people we work with in the Highlands when and where they need it.

"It’s given me a lease of life where I’m actually now going out and doing things. It’s just totally changed my outlook on life. I’m a lot more positive about being here and doing things.”
Shirlie Project history and his clients


We don’t want to talk about the everyday challenges that the people we support have

We want to tell you about their ambitions, hopes, potential, skills and the opportunities that they present

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
Nelson Mandela, Shirlie project, values, life
Nelson Mandela
1918 - 2013


The Shirlie Project is committed to the principle of equality of opportunity for all

This means we will take positive steps to ensure that all persons can participate in all aspects of their lives to the best of their ability

without facing barriers through prejudice, lack of physical access or disability



While The Shirlie Project is committed to developing and working in effective partnerships we promise to use an Individual Personal Approach, which is very much focused on the future when working and representing people.

This means that we will:

  • Work solely on behalf the people we are representing
  • Work to ensure the person is in control of any decision taken
  • Work to ensure the person is informed about any developments
  • Not enter into decisions or agreements in relation to the person without their consent

Shirlie Project
supports people
to live
a positive life

We believe
in your skills