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’

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Pride at MK SNAP

There’s a feeling of joy and pride in the air at Milton Keynes’ leading charity for people with learning disabilities.

This week, the charity honoured its Chair of Trustees, Liz Gifford, who retired at the AGM after six years of dedicated service and support.

MK SNAP’s Trustees are a vital part of the charity’s volunteer army. Liz Gifford said: “It has been an absolute privilege to be part of MK SNAP for the past six years. Most of all, I have witnessed what MK SNAP achieves for people with disabilities and feel honoured to have been able to play a small part.”

Chief Executive of MK SNAP, Angela Novell said: “Liz has successfully guided the charity through a period of transition and change; leading on the development of an outstanding board of trustees.

“Her legacy means that MK SNAP is robust and well prepared to meet the future needs of the community it serves.”

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Third Sector Business Awards 2020 - Winners!

MK SNAP and Mechline Ltd have won the Third Sector Business Awards – Long term partnership 2020.

MK SNAP demonstrates a clear impact on the lives of its beneficiaries. Mechline adapted its work practices to different individuals needs and provides a good level of wrap-around support throughout their journey and helping its service users/staff develop and be fulfilled. This is quite a unique example of a charity partnership, being a central part of how the charity delivers its services. MK Snap has also had a wider impact on community and employers – something likely only possible because of Mechline’s long term dedication.

“For our 25-year partnership to be recognised on a national level is somewhat staggering as we never set out to get any recognition, it’s just what we do. The work you do at MK Snap for the individuals and the greater good of the community is where the real recognition should be shone.” Kristian Roberts Mechline

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We did it together!

On 19th May 2020, we successfully raised £5,449 with 49 supporters in 182 days

Operation SNAP Enterprise – realising the work aspirations of adults with learning disabilities through business skills & work experience.

Thank you, we look forward to running this project in the near future. For more information on this project please visit our Crowdfunder page.

MK SNAP is pleased to announce new Director of Learning & Quality

Steven Carruthers has recently been appointed Director of Learning and Quality at MK SNAP to drive and develop Quality in all aspects of the award-winning charity’s work.

Steven has been a key part of the Senior Management Team since 2014; with his education team delivering over 230,000 hours of learning to 150 people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities each year. Steven is committed to the continual improvement of high-quality opportunities for the charity and together with the team has created a more accessible, differentiated and learner-friendly offer ensuring that the charity receives recognition, both locally and nationally, for the quality of teaching and the significant contributions of everyone within the MK SNAP community regardless of ability.

MKFM with CEO Angie Novell April 2020

Michael Blades chats to Angie CEO of MK SNAP about what’s happening with the local charity during these times and how they are working together to help their learners in Milton Keynes as best they can.

Listen here.

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Third Sector Business Charity Awards

We are delighted to share with you some positive news, our partnership and its benefits for our learners have been shortlisted for the national Third Sector Business Charity Awards!

In other times, it would have meant a trip to a very big glitzy event at the Marriot Hotel in Grosvenor Square in May. However, this has been cancelled and they are looking at another way to announce the winners. We will keep you posted.

In the meantime please click to see our work.

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As a small local charity fundraising and community support have been our saving grace allowing us to continue for 27 years. To help us ensure we can open our doors again in the future and continue this support we need your help.

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Operation SNAP Enterprise

Lauren’s dream is to run her own cake business. Check out this great video showing Lauren’s skills at work in the SNAP kitchen as she bakes for the Women’s International Day 2020
To help Lauren and other learners at SNAP gain the skills needed to bring them closure to the business and employment works then please consider pledging towards our Enterprise Crowdfunder.

Click here.

Social Care Awards 2020

The SNAP team and volunteers were presented with the Best learning disabled support Service in Bucks, social care awards 2020!
Congratulations to all and thank you to all our continued supports. This charity is invaluable to some of the most marginalised people in our community and we continue to provide a safe, fun and professional service. We know our team often go above and beyond and so truly deserve this recognition.