Our work Belarus Education and play Life skills in Belarus At the Isle of Hope, the abilities of young people with disabilities are assessed. Then skills to stimulate and encourage their full potential to be reached, within the limits of their disability, are developed and implemented. Many of the young people are volatile and can become easily distressed at the slightest alteration to their surroundings or routine. Isle of Hope provides a calming, structured environment which provides relaxation and support. Life skills training offers a chance of some degree of personal independence (once very few could go to the toilet unaided: now all can). Each young person is also encouraged to undertake light domestic skills such as cleaning, gardening or sweeping. An activity the young people are excited to get involved in also raises a little bit of local funding. Each day a group go out and collect waste paper and plastic from the streets. The fruits of their exercise are then sold to a local recycling company.