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Volunteers get their hiking boots on

A huge thank you from SNAP to our volunteer Bev and the Port Talbot walking group “Best Foot Forward” who, with a little help from Port Talbot YMCA, got their hiking boots on to raise over £400 in a sponsored walk up Pen-Y-Fan for SNAP Cymru .

The sponsored walk was organised by parent Bev Simmonds who volunteers at SNAP Cymru at our Neath Office, as part of our anniversary celebrations this year. 2016 marks 30 years since we were commissioned as a charity and began our mission to help empower Welsh families and help ensure their children with special educational needs were receiving appropriate education and support. 

When the local walking group ‘BFF’ (Best Foot Forward) heard about the event, they jumped at the chance to get involved. The group, which is run by volunteer walk leader Miranda Podger, is linked to NPT Councils ‘Lets Walk’ initiative (run by Claire Jones). The group meets outside the Lido at 10am on Tuesdays, for a short walk for beginners and on Fridays fora longer walk of about an hour. ‘It’s a great opportunity to get some exercise, make new friends and enjoy our beautiful seafront’ said one of the ladies involved.

The walkers began gathering sponsors a few month ago with the aim of getting at least £20 each, however they were all surprised by the generosity of  people, including the regulars at ‘The Burgess Green’ who all put their hands in their pockets. One of the group members June raised over £80 single-handedly and has to be congratulated for her hard work.

Every one enjoyed the day – there were some complaints about sun burn the next morning, but the highlight of the day for everyone was when Tressy, who despite almost quitting halfway up, made it to the top and choose to take the long way back saying she felt and incredible sense of achievement .

“It never would have been possible without the Port Talbot YMCA” said the event organiser, “they generously offered to lendus their minibus to get us all there and even let us use one of their ‘Adventure Club’ leaders so that we had a trained outdoors “mountain leader” in case anything went array. We can’t thank them enough and the support they gave us”

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I almost had my baby at the SNAP Cymru Office!

But, thanks to them, I got the advice and support to help my little girl and then my baby was born safely in hospital!

A few months ago my daughter Isabelle was sent for a ‘Ruth Griffiths’ assessment. This is a test used by paediatrician, who is a doctor who specialises in children’s illnesses, to assess a child’s development.  The paediatrician tested Isabelle’s hearing, language development, eye hand coordination and social development.  I was told that depending on the results, the paediatrician might decide to refer my child to other services like a children’s centre, speech therapy or maybe physiotherapy, to support her to reach her full potential.

We were obviously very nervous and not sure what to expect. The test helped explain lots of things about Isabelle.  We were told she didn’t have a developmental delay across the board but that some of her difficult behaviour was down to sheer frustration from having a severe speech delay.   The Paediatrician felt Isabelle would need support when she started school, so referred her for something called a statutory assessment. Despite all the effort, less than 2 months later her statutory assessment request was refused.  We were a disappointed and worried about what would happen next. We knew that Isabelle would find school very difficult and the paediatrician had felt the same way.

This is where I heard about SNAP Cymru.  I spoke to a lovely adviser  Cara Bellamy from Swansea on the SNAP Cymru telephone helpline, which was really lucky as I am in Swansea too. She made me an appointment to see her as soon as she could, as I was due to have my 3rd baby in 6 weeks’ time it was quite important that I got things moving before the big day!

However….when it came to my appointment, things got more difficult.

I had been having Braxton Hick’s contractions all that day, so I went to the meeting a bit earlier in case they got worse.  (I had been 2 weeks early on my first baby, and 3 weeks early on Isabelle)  I was keen to get things sorted and I certainly didn’t want to go into labour earlier when I also had the stress of Isabelle being refused her assessment.  My meeting though was cut short …the baby was arriving! Cara was brilliant, she could see straight away what was happening and took charge of everything!

Cara helped with everything, taking all the information and paperwork from me and ensured I went immediately!  My baby was born safely in hospital, just in time! Fortunately Cara completed my letter of appeal and emailed it to me to make sure it covered all my concerns and reflected my views. In January our appeal was upheld  and the process started. Again Cara helped me fill in all the forms for the statutory assessment, reassuring me that when Isabelle’s provisional statement came through that she would again check everything with me and make sure that Isabelle’s best interests were all covered and that the local authority had seen the ‘real Isabelle’ with all her skills and support needs. The draft statement arrived and everything was once again talked through with us by Cara.

I was so thankful for SNAP’s supprort I wanted to give something back

I was so delighted with the support I’d received that I decided there and then to fund-raise and help SNAP Cymru.  I knew they had several charity shops and were looking for donations.  I went straight away and cleared out my house of everything we no longer needed and donated it all to SNAP Cymru so they can continue to support other families!  I’ve donated regularly since then.  I love the fact I can help SNAP Cymru through my regular donations, which I’m told can raise at least £20 per bag!.  All this money goes straight to help them help more families like me.  I couldn’t think of a better way to support others and would love everybody out there to do the same.

Maria Smith Swansea Mum

An incredible day for our volunteer Gary at the IAAF / Cardiff University World Half Marathon championship

Thousands took to the streets of Cardiff on Saturday completing a World Half Marathon course and didn’t let a bit of wind and rain stop them from crossing the finish line.

It was an incredible afternoon for all runners, spectators, volunteers and everyone involved in the event, but particularly special for us as Gary Gould our own volunteer fundraiser raced in the footsteps of champions to raise money for SNAP Cymru.

“ I loved it and yes I did get a little wet. I finished in 2hrs 13mins so very pleased with my time!”

Gary is a proud father of four children and amazingly still finds time to volunteer as a Learning Support Assistant in Barry Island Primary School.  While the thought of looking after children at home and in work can be challenging for any parent Gary is also studying online with the Open University to become a full time Teacher. Doing all of this is astonishing in itself, but now Gary has trained and completed the half marathon on our behalf. How fantastic! We’d love to thank Gary’s friends, family and his school in Barry who have supported him to raise several hundred pounds for SNAP Cymru to support us to reach even more families.  Theres still time to donate to Gary’s total

Gary Gould runs Cardiff Half Marathon for SNAP Cymru

Gary Gould, a Learning Support Assistant from Barry and proud father of four, has kindly approached SNAP Cymru to volunteer his time and effort to run in the World Championship Cardiff Half Marathon. We would love to see our families, professionals and funders support Gary as he attempts to raise at least £500 to help us provide ongoing advice and support for families.

So why support Gary?

Gary is a proud father of four children and amazingly still finds time to volunteer as a Learning Support Assistant in Barry Island Primary School.  While the thought of looking after children at home and in work can be challenging for any parent Gary is also studying online with the Open University to become a full time Teacher. Doing all of this is astonishing in itself, but now Gary is training for a Half Marathon to raise money for us to support children and families across Wales.

The training

With the support of his wife Nicola and their children and his running partner Ali, Gary is running between 5-12 miles a day.

So now that we have learned about Gary and the amazing character behind the Run we would like to ask for you our supporters to put your weight behind Gary and support him in any way you can.

  • Why not support Gary in his amazing effort
  • Follow Gary’s progress on his Facebook page
  • Donate securely on his SNAP Cymru JustGiving page
  • Or turn up on the day to show your support and cheer him on during the race

SNAP Cymru, like many other Welsh charities, are struggling to cope with rising demand for support from families at a time when we face battles to maintain our funding.

Donating a few pounds to Gary’s campaign can have more impact than you could possibly imagine. Individual donations are a fantastic source of income for charities and the typical gift is £5 or £10. We all know that even a small donation can have a really big result if given to a cause that really needs it. Small donations can be particularly helpful for small charities like SNAP Cymru.  Every donation can help a family access reliable information to ensure their child has the right support.

If you’re inspired to fundraise for us?  Here’s some tips to help you get started:

1. Read our top tips on fundraising in our ’50 Ways to Raise a Fiver!’   Get to grips with the basics of fundraising, and really make the most of what you have to work with.

2. Don’t do it all by yourself, or think about how you could involve work colleagues, friends and family. And if you’d like to have a chat with us about what you’ve got planned or you’re after some more inspiration just give us a call on 01554 778288.

3. Set up an online JustGiving page. It’s absolutely the easiest possible way for you to get sponsored by friends, family, and colleagues. It only takes 5 minutes to set up a page and then you can add the links to emails, as well as your Facebook and Twitter pages. It’s a straight forward process to make a donation to SNAP Cymru – simply follow the link to our account at https://www.justgiving.com/snapcymru/donate/

4. Let us help you out! We’ve got lots of collection tins and other fundraising materials for you to use, just give us a call on 01554 778288/02920 348990. All we ask is that you return any collection tins or buckets when you’re finished with them so that we can send them out to other fundraisers.

If you have any questions or would just like to have a chat about your fundraising, contact us by emailing training@snapcymru.org or call us on 01554 778288/02920 348990.

 

 

Foreign Currency Appeal

Foreign Currency Fundraising Appeal

Ever wondered what to do with all that loose holiday change you have lying around? You can now put it to good use by donating your unwanted foreign coins to help raise money for SNAP Cymru.

SNAP CYMRU Collect:

All foreign coins,notes and even old and out of date currency, including old British or Irish money, which is no longer valid.

How to collect money:

Call us on 02920 348990 or email Headoffice@snapcymru.org

  • To request a Collection Box and Poster (Welsh Poster) to promote your fundraising. (Bilingual letter)
  • Arrange collection at your work place
  • Arrange collection at your local school, college, university or church
  • Ask your local travel agent, bank or post office if they can place one of our collection boxes next to their foreign currency desk.

How do I donate the money?

Pay it in at any bank. Our account details are:

  • Sort Code 08 90 03 – Account Number 65370364

Or leave it in at your nearest SNAP Cymru shop in Llandrindod, Neath or Llanelli

Or post it to us at:

  • Fundraising Foreign Appeal, FREEPOST SWC4557, SNAP Cymru, Cardiff, CF10 5NB

 

Thank You!

Superhero efforts of SNAP supporters

We all know money is tight. Demand is up in the voluntary sector, and SNAP Cymru is not alone in seeing a huge increase in demand for our advice services at a time when funding is down and charities are having to find new ways to survive and bring in an income. Consequently we are always delighted when people offer to fundraise for us. Recently several volunteers have chosen to run to raise funds, but others choose to play golf, hold raffles and dinners or even ‘shave off beards!’

In glorious sunshine on the 17th of May Nia Frobisher, Oliver Ferriman and Lewis Gardener, young volunteers ran the Super Hero Run in London’s Regents Park, raising a fantastic £317.33 for SNAP Cymru. Nia and her friends completed the 5k run in an impressive 24 minutes in appropriate superhero costumes!

 “Thank you for all the donations! We ran yesterday in sun and it was a wonderful atmosphere with thousands of people running for charity. We finished in 24 min (for me (Nia) – not a runner – I was very happy with that. It wasn’t pleasant!). Thank you so much for helping us to help SNAP Cymru to help children and young people with additional needs.”

 In another truly heroic effort, Simon Brushett also the London Marathon on the 26th April this year. The London Marathon is a lifetime achievement for anyone who takes on the challenge. The 26.2-mile course stretches from Greenwich Park to the Mall, with live bands and thousands of excited supporters cheering you on the finish. This was not only to raise funds for our charity but also in recognition of the support we provided for his family to ensure his daughter Amy to get the right support. During nursery, Amy was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder but is enjoying mainstream education in Reception with the help of her support worker, Sarah. Simon also surpassed his original £500 goal to raise an amazing £1500.

Meanwhile, Dan Gibson, the husband of Hayli our own Family and Young Person’s officer in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, took only 1hr 50 minutes to complete the JCP Swansea Half Marathon and has raised a further £340.

As with those involved in these vital fundraising efforts, Dan is aware of how vital these are to sustain SNAP’s ability to support families and their children across Wales in the current financial climate, particularly in the Pembrokshire area where our contract is due to end in July.

SNAP Cymru would like to say a big thank you to all our fundraisers. You are all truly heroes for what you do.

 If you’re inspired to fundraise for us?  Here’s some tips to help you get started:

1. Read our top tips on fundraising in our 50 ways to raise a fiver!   Get to grips with the basics of fundraising, and really make the most of what you have to work with.

2. Don’t do it all by yourself, or think about how you could involve work colleagues, friends and family. And if you’d like to have a chat with us about what you’ve got planned or you’re after some more inspiration just give us a call on 01554 778288.

3. Set up an online Justgiving page. It’s absolutely the easiest possible way for you to get sponsored by friends, family, and colleagues. It only takes 5 minutes to set up a page and then you can add the links to emails, as well as your Facebook and Twitter pages. It’s a straight forward process to make a donation to SNAP Cymru – simply follow the link to our account at https://www.justgiving.com/snapcymru/donate/

4. Let us help you out! We’ve got lots of collection tins and other fundraising materials for you to use, just give us a call on 01554778288/0920348990. All we ask is that you return any collection tins or buckets when you’re finished with them so that we can send them out to other fundraisers.

If you have any questions or would just like to have a chat about your fundraising, contact us by emailing training@snapcymru.org or call us on 01554778288/02920348990.

 

Simon Brushett – running the London Marathon for SNAP Cymru

“My youngest daughter Amy was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder whilst she was in nursery. Amy is progressing and developing above and beyond our wildest expectations.

As parents we were obviously concerned about her transition from nursery to ‘big school’ and spent many hours talking with teachers and the LEA trying to agree and understand what support Amy required and also what she was entitled to… this was not a straight forward process… When we heard about the SNAP Cymru organisation my wife contacted them for guidance and I cannot praise or thank them enough.

They guided, supported and helped us every step of the way and without them, I believe our experience would have been so much different.

When I found out I had been successful in obtaining a ballot place in the London Marathon, I wanted to return the favour and this is my small way of thanking them for all the support they have given my family.”

Please help Simon achieve his target by donating on his ‘Just Giving’ page
www.justgiving.com/snapcymru

Another Successful Round of Golf for SNAP

On the 29th December 2014 members of the local community in Bangor came together  to raise an impressive £170 for SNAP. As with previous years, the event took place at Bangor golf club. The participants were welcomed to fine weather, with an early start of 9am. £170 may not seem a huge amount but as a small, independent charity it makes a real difference to our efforts.

With the help of the weather, bar on one occasion, the competition has taken place every December since 2011 with 25 participating golfers and annual cash prizes, which are sometimes given back. At the end of the day the team of Kevin Jones, David Roberts and Geraint Jones emerged victorious over Kevin Williams, Eurwyn Hughes and Wynn Morris. In singles competition Kevin Jones was the winner with Chris Watt and Hayden Williams 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Kevin Jones was one of the key organisers of the event. Other valued contributors were Trevor Jones; who organised the presentations and Alison and Geraint Jones from the Royal Oak Pub in Rachub. It goes without saying that a welcoming atmosphere, food and a donation was provided by both Alison and Geraint. SNAP Cymru would also like to say a big thank you to Bangor golf club for allowing use of their course and to Joe and Josteyna at the Vic in Bethesda for their donation.

Since 2011 the total amount raised has been £568. Half of the money raised will be used to help the recovery of Eryl Jones and Stephanie Prydderch’s daughter, Seren, from her illness.

As always, we are extremely thankful for all the support received for this event and the hard work of everyone, including golfers, which has made its continuing success possible over the years.

Hengoed’s fundraising efforts show power of generosity and community spirit

Charities are struggling to cope with rising demand and costs at a time when many are facing a funding battle.

But throwing your loose change into donation buckets may have more impact than you could possibly imagine. Individual donations are the largest source of income for charities and the typical gift is £10.  We all know that even a small donation can have a really big result if they’re given to a cause that really needs it.   Small donations can be particularly helpful for small charities. A survey by Charity Choice revealed that five percent of UK charities receive eighty-five percent of donations. It’s no wonder that smaller charities are in decline. A small donation within a large charity’s budget will seem insignificant but within a small charity it could make a real difference.  Compared to the voluntary sector as a whole, research (Beyond the Cuts, National Children’s Bureau) has shown that children’s charities will see a greater proportion of its public funding cut.   Most Children’s charities are taking action to manage the cuts. Many are reducing staff hours, reducing the range of services and reviewing their fundraising strategy. However, for some it’s ‘likely’ that their organisation will have to close.  SNAP Cymru is no different; and our funding is just as precarious.  However, we have survived for 28 years and have faced many periods of ‘up’s and down’s, always managing to continue to build and deliver a quality independent service for families across Wales.

So when Denise Inger (CEO) set the staff and volunteers a target to raise funds for SNAP Cymru the team in Hengoed took the challenge seriously!

Over the last few months, on top of their roles as family and young people’s officers, they have been successfully fundraising through various events, including a raffle, with wonderful prizes donated by local shops/businesses, friends and families and a team a pool tournament at the Cardiff Arm’s in Treorchy (the local pub of staff member Donna Morgan!) which incidentally was so popular, the Cardiff Arms is more than happy to host another.  Donna’s parents Valerie & Tom were roped in to take the collection boxes to Pentre Allotments & her husband Ian got involved in the Pool tournament.

It was also a family affair in Ynyshir where Alex Palmer’s partner and owner of Imprint, Jeremy James, made a t-shirt for the pool tournament and Alex’s mother Yvonne took collection boxes to her work local shops.

Big thanks also to Helen, the Hengoed team’s cleaner from Magic Mops who also made a valuable contribution to these efforts.

In Senghennydd, Teresa Bradley shared charity boxes with family and friends along with local shops and persuaded her husband to join the pool tournament, and a 11 a -side football match which was held at Heollddu Leisure Centre. Our very own SNAP team led by Chris, emerged victorious against the Derby Wanderers!

All the team are dedicated to SNAP

 ‘if you cut us in half we would have SNAP written through us… like a stick of rock!’ Donna Morgan

Collection boxes were placed around local communities and shops including in ANH stores and the Rhondda Kebab Shop.  Bucket collections are also being arranged for the Asda store in Caerphilly on the 12th December (a big thank you to the community support officer at ASDA Caerphilly). As part of their efforts the Hengoed team are also hoping to relink with other stores including Tesco and Wilkinson’s.

Initially staff were asked to raise £50 a head or to donate 50 bags each to our charity shop.  However, Team Hengoed weren’t about to stop at this amount!  Teresa, Donna, Nicola, Chris and Alex with the support of their volunteers, extended families and communities, have raised over £700 and still counting. They are also fortunate to have their SNAP office at South Road, Pennallta where generous members of the public are donating to the Hengoed warehouse, each black bag will add at least £20 to the fundraising effort!

These ongoing activities involve local communities and are a reflection of SNAP Cymru as a truly inclusive, family centred organisation. The SNAP Cymru Hengoed team would like to say a huge thank you to the joint enthusiasm of partners, volunteers and family; without whom they couldn’t achieved so much.

However we also believe the value of community fundraising goes beyond immediate financial support for SNAP Cymru.  It also provides long-term benefits of building a strong presence locally, creating trust, developing relationships and raising awareness of SNAP Cymru’s work with children and families.

Our staff and volunteers efforts are very much part our approach to become more sustainable and less reliant on ever diminishing local authority funding. With the spirit and determination demonstrated by our RCT, Merthyr, Caerphilly and Torfaen teams and their communities there is no reason we cannot achieve this aim.

Jared Barry’s Trail of Inspiration

After a sponsored 58.3 mile walk from Brecon to Cardiff by Jared Barry, £315 was recently raised to help SNAP Cymru’s work and support for families. After hearing of an ex-army friend who completed the trail in 17hrs 20minutes Jared, who is a passionate walker, decided to undertake the challenge of completing it in a faster time and started his walk on the 13th June 2014. The Taff Trail goes through historical routes following former tramways, railways and canals and presently used canal towpaths, with views of Pen y fan and wildlife such as owls and herrings.

Despite the physical and emotional challenges Jared faced on the way he drew both strength and inspiration from his children to push on and knew they were depending on him.

The father from Caerphilly also undertook the event as an act of appreciation for receiving past support from SNAP Crmyu for his 13 year old autistic son. This included advocating on the family’s behalf in an annual statement review process through their independent About Me service, sending a volunteer to attend meetings and providing follow-up support. SNAP’s advocates’ help to ensure that children and young people are aware of what is happening to them, their voices are heard and when necessary, are involved any decisions which directly affect them. Recently SNAP Crmyu also provided advice to help contact relevant agencies who could council their son in year 9, after he experienced serious bullying. Jared also realised that it wouldn’t be a bad way to assist in controlling his own diabetes.

Another key motivation was a desire to see the positive impact of a local charity, who like many others, face increasing pressure on their services, continue to benefit others in similar situations. After successfully completing the the walk Jared realised how important it is to have a friend in times of need. As such, this story perfectly illustrates how invaluable this support is so that families can make informed and accurate decisions which empower themselves and their children.