HISTORY IN THE MAKING
It was history in the making this week as the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was presented to a leading disability charity, MK SNAP. Union Jacks were waving and more than 50 supporters clicked on to watch the presentation made by Countess Elizabeth Howe, Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.
Lady Howe, DL, paid tribute to the outstanding contribution that volunteers have made to MK SNAP over its last 28 years of providing services and support to adults with learning disabilities.
Patron of MK SNAP, Her Grace, the Duchess of Bedford, said: “This is the highest award which can be bestowed to a charity. I am extremely proud and delighted to be part of today.”
Chief Executive of MK SNAP, Angela Novell said: “Today we honour each and every volunteer and proudly accept The Queens Award for Voluntary Service on behalf of you all.”
Guest List Pictured L to R
Her Grace, Louise Bedford, Duchess of Bedford DL
Deputy Mayor of MK Mohammad Khan
Countess Elizabeth Howe DL
Lisa Spearman Interim Chair MK SNAP
Angela Novell CEO MK SNAP
Helen Whalley sister of a learner who nominated the charity and a ‘Super SNAP volunteer’
MK SNAP (Special Needs Advancement Project) started almost three decades ago. Parents, whose children had nowhere to attend after special school, started the learning and skill-building charity in Kiln Farm with the support of Milton Keynes Community Foundation. Today over 140 people with learning and physical disabilities attend MK SNAP.
It’s thanks to the dedication of volunteers and the generosity of Milton Keynes’ community that £1m was raised towards MK SNAP’s purpose-built Walnut Tree centre opened in July 2008.
Each year MK SNAP provides CSR days for over 150 volunteers from across the business community equating to over 2000 volunteering hours. Every day volunteers play a vital role in enabling people with learning and physical disabilities to take part in the skill-building sessions at MK SNAP and gain valuable skills and confidence to live a rich, purposeful and happy life.
‘Transforming the lives of adults with learning disabilities’