About Us

Supporting children and young people with special needs, and their families.




























Who's Jacob?

Jacob was Kirsty's younger brother. He was a very lively and cheeky boy full of life and love who had Fragile-X syndrome. Jacob passed away when he was five leaving a wealth of happy memories for his family and friends. When Kirsty started with her first class of children, the first name she saw on the register was Jacob. A different Jacob, but an equally cheeky, happy and loving Jacob. The huge smiles, cheeky attitude and full of life spirit is exactly what Jacob's Ladder represents.

Kirsty Holdsworth began working at a local special needs play-scheme aged 14 before finishing school and going to university in London. Whilst completing her art degree, she worked at a special needs after school club nearby and knew instantly that this was exactly what she wanted to do in her life. Who couldn't love fun days out, splashing in puddles, being covered in paint and glitter, and forming connections with very special children and young people?! Kirsty completed her PGCE and came back to Wiltshire to work as a special needs teacher for two years, before creating her dream....Jacob's Ladder.

So...Jacob's Ladder formed with the help of Kirsty's wonderful husband, Paul, and her fabulous family. Jacob's Ladder is registered as a form of social enterprise called a Community Interest Company (CIC), and is registered with Companies House. Our statement to Companies House promises that we will provide fun projects for children and young people supporting them in their development in a safe and understanding environement. We have agreed to an 'asset lock', which ensures that all money stays within the company to provide the best activities, interaction and opportunitites for our children and young people. 


Jacob's Ladder operates in accordance with a wide range of policies. This ensures that things happen the way they should, and also that all staff and volunteers follow the same consistent approach to different procedures. If you would like to a read a specific policy then please email jacobs-ladder@outlook.com to request it.


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