Important SNAP Update July 2020

I am pleased to be able to share the news that from Monday 27th July we resumed services from the centre at MK SNAP following the suspension of services due to the impact of COVID19. We know that this has been a challenging time for all services and for our staff, over 140 learners and their families who we have continued to support throughout the crisis in a variety of ways.
We will be offering a safe, phased return to the centre to all SNAP learners and will be operating on reduced numbers and session times initially to ensure safety and social distancing. As you would expect the safety of all learners and staff remains paramount and you will see that we have put into place a wide range of measures to make the centre COVID secure. We know that learners and families will be excited and maybe nervous about the changes that being in lockdown have had on your lives so to help to reassure you we are inviting anyone that wishes to visit the centre (by appointment only please) and later this week there will be a video of a ‘virtual tour’ of the building for you all to see on the website and our Facebook page.

For those learners who are not able to return immediately, we will continue to offer remote support and also have a ‘Virtual Teaching Team’ that are delivering engaging and interactive workshops across the week. All SNAP Learners can access these sessions; please get in touch if you would like some support with this or need assistance with technology. The sessions are morning and afternoon each weekday and can be accessed via a PC, SMART phone or tablet.

Our thanks go to everyone that has helped to sustain the charity during the crisis; the tireless dedication of the management team, the patience and understanding of the staff, the continued generosity and commitment of supporters & community partners, the board of trustees and lastly, but most importantly, to our Learners and their families. Thank you for helping us all stay safe during this time by staying at home.

We look forward to welcoming you all back over the Summer and please call the centre during office hours if you would like to discuss your safe, phased return to SNAP. If you are worried about any aspect of returning from lockdown please let us know and the team will do our best to help you.
The team are here to answer your questions Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm every day (4.15 pm Friday) on 01908 690330 or email info@mksnap.org Follow us on @MKSNAP on social media.

Angela Novell
Chief Executive Office

MK SNAP has been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

MK SNAP has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This award is the highest honour that can be bestowed by the Queen to a charity and is the equivalent of an MBE.
Helen W, nominated MK SNAP, after the support her brother Matthew said: “I’m really happy to hear this amazing news.”,
Each year MK SNAP provides CSR days for over 135 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.
Michael Bracey, Chief Executive, Milton Keynes Council said: “Milton Keynes Council would like to say a huge well done and congratulations to everyone at SNAP for this amazing award”.

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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.

WIth little actions such as shopping via Amazon Smile, you can continue to support charities like us in a small but vital way.

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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.