Life without Limits

We are proud announce the opening of the UK’s newest disabled toilet facility.

Our Changing Places Facility was officially opened by MK SNAP Learner, Nicky Garwood , 23 and the Mayor of MK, Mohammed Khan to mark Disability Awareness Week 2021.

The installation means Nicky Garwood, 23, can now attend MK SNAP’s learning and support services for a whole day.

Nicky said: “For me and everyone in the community having these new facilities means I can be clean and comfortable all day and stay at SNAP longer. This is very important for me so thank you.”

Nicky’s Dad, Kevin said: “It just opens up the opportunities for him to be with his friends as well as learn at SNAP.

“I am grateful for all the people who have been able to make this happen. It’s an awesome facility.”

Funders included The Wolfson Foundation, Walton Community Council, The National Lottery Community Fund.

Angela Novell, CEO of MK SNAP said: “Without this facility Nicky’s options were limited. Our vision is to transform the community for people with disabilities and create a world without limits.”

Throughout the pandemic we have worked incredibly hard to keep our learners and staff safe when attending the centre. For the team at SNAP that continues, despite the proposed easing of restrictions on Monday 19 July; we will not be relaxing in our commitment and measures to operate safely. We are therefore not planning to make any changes to our operations at the present time. Our discussions with MK Council continue and we are looking forward to welcoming those learners that are yet to return to the service in a safe phased manner. Thank you to learners and families for your continued support and understanding which is appreciated by the team at SNAP.

On International Women’s Day 2021 #IWD2021 I want to ask you all to remember the contributions and challenges faced by all women; but in particular those women and girls that live with a disability.

 

The unique lived experiences of disabled women are often lost in the discussions we hear, disregarded in the language we use and missing from the platforms for recognition. As one disabled female friend said to me recently ‘You try ‘standing up for women’ when you are sitting in a wheelchair!’ We need to be #Challenging perceptions. As a woman living with a disability myself; I was told by someone at a checkout that I didn’t ‘look deaf’ leading me to try to explain that some disabilities are not always ‘visible’. By talking about these issues we can challenge negative stereotypes and inequality but we must listen to the lived experiences of disabled people in order to drive positive change.

 

I have had the honour of working with people with disabilities for a number of years, more recently, at local charity MK SNAP and I have seen the magic that happens when you start to ‘believe’ that someone can achieve their full potential. The most talented and incredible women in our community, the artisans & creatives, musicians, horticulturalists and homemakers; are often the ones who are left unrecognised but are quietly making a difference despite their health challenges. This dedicated belief in a persons ‘potential’ has the ability to manifest incredible transformation and change.

 

If you are one of the women I am referring to; life can be tough. The chances are you have already had to fight the dual hurdles of disability and gender inequality. Now, with the impact of COVID19 disproportionately impacting people with disabilities; this really is the time to stand up and recognise women with disabilities. Those that are living ordinary lives and like us all, some that are experiencing extraordinary lives, deserve their voices to be heard.

 

So I call upon you all to join me and the team at MK SNAP to #ChooseToChallenge where disabled women and girls are absent from discussions or recognition or side-lined by the language we hear. When the people of MK come together this July to celebrate our annual MK Disability Awareness Day lets make a commitment to include disabled women and girls EVERYDAY throughout the year in our wonderful city.

Celebrating over 27 years experience of working with disabled people in the community.

We are proud to say many of our learners go on to enjoy working with local organisations and companies with specialist support. MK SNAP has a dedicated team of 24 qualified and specialist staff and a team of volunteers here to support you and your loved ones.

MK SNAP

Our Vision

Our vision is to transform our community through the promotion of independence, inspiration and opportunity.

MK SNAP Learners in their own crowns!

Established in 1992; MK SNAP is an award winning local charity providing life skills, education and work training for adults with learning disabilities.

Visit our community built centre in Walnut Tree and see the incredible achievements and skills of the learners in a safe and inclusive facility.

MK SNAP is a passionate and dynamic local charity providing, education and work training sessions designed for individuals aged 18+ years. Giving them the support to grow confidence, develop life skills and harness their hidden talents.

Our sessions are designed for each individual’s needs offering education, from cooking to interpersonal skills and work experience. Enabling your loved ones the opportunities to enjoy the everyday freedoms we take for granted.

Our learners are from Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. They include adults with learning disabilities and specialist needs. We are an inclusive and professional centre offering social skills and community engagement at the heart of what we do.

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