SNAP Cymru is delighted to receive a generous donation raised through the extraordinary efforts of Cardiff Round Table.   We would love to thank all those who contributed to raising these funds.

Fundraising efforts like those of the Round Table members will help us support children with additional needs and their families who rely on the independent advice and support provided by SNAP Cymru across Wales and in this case in the Cardiff area.   With ever greater pressures on services and provision for children and families, the need for accurate independent advice for families is more important than ever.

SNAP Cymru is a small Welsh Charity with a big Impact.

Approximately 23% of children and young people in Wales have some form of additional learning need or disability.  SNAP Cymru was set up in response to families’ desperately needing support to navigate the maze of assessment and provision for their child’s additional needs.

Many children are well-supported and making good progress with excellent support from their school teachers and Local Authority.  However, there are also families for whom the education system represents ‘a battle’ to get the needs of their children identified and for those needs to be met.  The crucial issue is that both experiences happen within the same system.  SNAP Cymru believes that no parent should feel they have to ‘battle’ and all parents will feel listened to and supported.

The Round Table Impact

Round Table members across the UK do more than more than just giving back to the community by volunteering and giving back to the community.   At the core of the Round Table association is a determination to go the extra mile for friends, family and the community.  From organising the biggest firework displays on November 5th to individual challenges like The Three Peaks in 24 hours, every year Round Table raises millions for great local causes and charities.  We were thrilled to be chosen by the Cardiff organisation for such a generous donation.

Our staff in Curran Road in Cardiff, supported by a team of trained volunteers, are big believers that families should be able to access the information that they need, when they need it, in ways that are convenient to them. They provide impartial, honest and reliable advice and support through a bilingual helpline, website and a specialist casework service.  They  help ensure that the voices of families and young people ‘are heard’ when decisions are being taken about their future, but they also actively listen to all views in the process helping families and professionals to resolve issues and find solutions together.

The exceptional £5,000 donated by the Round Table in Cardiff has allowed us to purchase much needed computer equipment and helped ensure the ongoing cost of our helpline for families.   The essential IT equipment in our Cardiff office had become virtually obsolete, and ever decreasing core funding rarely allows us to purchase new critical infrastructure.

The family and Young People’s officers in Cardiff say that:

“The new equipment funded by Cardiff Round Table has made a huge difference to our team!  We all now have the means to work remotely from home and schools etc which helps us enormously and saves us considerable time.  We can now type up letters and reports from families’ homes rather than returning to the office to do this.

Compared to our old computers, these are much faster and easier to use, saving us time when we switch them on and when we are working. His has made an incredible impact to our work”

 

Generous donations such as this will help to ensure that SNAP Cymru can continue to support children, young people and their families in the Cardiff area.