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GwirVol Success

‘ … Through volunteering with SNAP I have gained more confidence in a work place and it has helped me to think about going back into education. I have now signed up on a psychology open university course.’ A GwirVol Volunteer

For the past year SNAP Cymru have been part of an exciting opportunity with GwirVol – a Wales–wide initiative, led by the views of young people, encouraging more young people in Wales to get involved with their communities through volunteering.  The project supported by WCVA aims to increase the number and the diversity of young people volunteering in Wales and to increase the number and accessibility of quality volunteering opportunities for young people in Wales to ensure they get the most from their volunteering experience.

SNAP have always been interested in recruiting young people to get in the habit of volunteering and see it as an excellent way of enhancing their skills and opportunities whilst also supporting our service.  As an organisation we are proud of our volunteers and no more so than when we received recognition of their input when we received the Queen Elizabeth 2nd Award for volunteering.

To date we have recruited no fewer than 35 Young people as volunteers surpassing our original. It is fantastic to see so many young people getting involved and we would like to welcome them to the team.

These fantastic young ambassadors have been incredibly busy across Gwynedd and Sir Fon, they have designed and created leaflets, posters, and animations contributing to the Ynys Mon portage service, community information points and SNAP’s Facebook page and created person centred planning resources specifically to support the portage workers and to be shared with families.  Some of the young volunteers have also participated in additional SEN training and provided information to families on the services available and passed on referrals to the casework service as appropriate.

The WCVA funded programme has allowed SNAP Cymru to work with Holyhead High school to identify 13 Young Volunteers in year 10 to participate in Respect Disability Awareness sessions, complete portfolios for accreditation, mentor other pupils at school and distribute information leaflets and Wmff! posters at the information points that they identified throughout the county.

9 Young people selected SNAP Cymru as their work experience placement for year 11 or year 12.  Most opted for supporting staff in the Portage service with learning about and creating language resources. 1 enjoyed translating documents from English to Welsh along with writing a review about the Wmff Website and app. 1 artistic YP with the use her own animation software has been working a creating an animation for SNAP Cymru’s website and illustrations for one page profiles used in the portage service. This young person has also created the images for a series of leaflets for young people on advocacy, the Childs right to appeal and bring claims to SENTW and a children’s leaflet.

‘…Volunteering with SNAP Cymru has opened my eye’s to what i want to do for a career after I leave school’ A GwirVol Volunteer

2 Young people chose SNAP Cymru as their placement whilst at university (1 studying childhood studies and the other  youth and community work) They worked to specific expectations on placement and after training and induction were able to represent SNAP at events, assist with parent contributions, support the helpline service, plan and co-deliver training and work with YP’s directly)

1 Young person came to volunteer for 3 months as part of the Bangor employability award, of which is an optional arrangement in between the 2nd and 3rd year at university. Again this young person outlined what she wanted to learn and experience and has supported with writing journey maps, completing case closure surveys and supporting the helpline service. This you person has been inspired after volunteering with SNAP to pursue a line of work in family support.

10 young people in total came to SNAP already employed, on an employment scheme or actively seeking employment. They used SNAP as an opportunity to gain further accreditation’s and experience in the either disability awareness or business support and administration. This group of volunteers have since continued as active community link volunteers maintaining community information points and disseminating information about SNAP Cymru. 1 has continued to volunteer few times a week supporting with administrative duties and managing community information pints.

All in all this incredible programme has benefited many young people will be young people who may have additional needs or who may be or at risk of becoming NEET and their families who will receive information and support from our young volunteers.

‘Thank you so much SNAP Cymru I cant wait to come back and volunteer during the xmas hols’ – A GwirVol Volunteer

Through the young ambassadors spreading the word through the medium of Welsh, young Welsh speakers will find out about Wmff and learn how to use it.

Wmff! aims to encourage young people to seek support and advice for themselves and covers a number of key areas identified as being important in their lives. The areas covered include bullying, exclusions, getting back into education, finding work and young people’s rights.

SNAP Cymru has a good reputation in delivering services to vulnerable families, helping children, young people and parents to engage in planning and decision making which affects them. We work locally with individuals and families to assist them in gaining appropriate provision to services including education, training and employment.

Of course the benefits of the WCVA Gwirvol project extends beyond the young volunteers and has a beneficial impact on professionals (working with families) the local economy. Volunteers receiving accredited training and experience which will assist them in future employment opportunities.  The accredited training at level 2 can underpin other qualifications and also be part of a progression route and local Communities, through the promotion of the project the local community will benefit from increased awareness about the value of volunteering with the general public. This will lead to an increase of volunteering activities especially amongst young people.

If any you or any young people you’re aware of are interested in volunteering for SNAP Cymru, please have a look at our volunteering pages where you can see an outline of different roles and profiles of some of our young volunteers.

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GOLD Duke of Edinburgh Awards for SNAP Young Ambassador’s

SNAP Cymru are delighted that two of our Young Ambassadors, Osian Frobisher and Joel Clements, have been awarded their Gold Duke Of Edinburgh Awards during ceremonies at St James’s Palace; attended by the Earl of Wessex and HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Naval Airman, Osian Frobisher, was given special leave by his Royal Navy instructors at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, to travel to London for the ceremony, where he was presented with his certificate by Prince Edward and Carol Voderman – an Honorary Group Captain in the RAF.   Osian has volunteered for SNAP Cymru since primary school, helping design information for other young people and supporting events, particularly those where he used his Welsh language skills.  Osian joined the Royal Navy in June after graduating with a Degree in Police Sciences and completed the five sections for his Gold Award while he was an Air Cadet based with 360 Llwchwr Squadron, 3 Welsh Wing.  The 24-year-old used his love of rugby to complete the physical element of the award.  He worked in the local community to fulfil the voluntary requirement, supporting SNAP Cymru and helping to run his Air Cadet squadron as a Civilian Instructor and then Sergeant, passing on skills to the younger Cadets.  For the residential element, Osian took part in a United Nations Youth Exchange project working with young people from other countries with the Forestry Commission in Wales.  He also represented the ATC visiting a village in Japan, where he helped to build a community centre.

Joel Clements is currently studying TV and Film Production at the University of Portsmouth but managed to fit in his trip to the palace between his studying and his passion for long boarding and representing Hampshire at Ultimate Frisbee. Joel completed his Gold DofE with Carmarthenshire Open DofE group, completing the volunteering element of the Gold Award through mentoring other young people to complete the Bronze DofE Award.  Joel’s residential element was completed at SPREE Wales Children’s Camp where he worked as a Service Crew Manager. Joel volunteered with SNAP Cymru whilst a student at Gorseinon College where he studied Creative Media, putting his video skills into action filming short clips of our volunteer team. Hopefully these will appear soon on our website to encourage others to participate.

Both Osian and Joel put their time and skills to good use as Young Ambassadors for SNAP Cymru and we wish them well in their future careers.  If you know a young person who may be interested in volunteering for SNAP Cymru, we’re looking for bright, passionate individuals, who want to make a positive difference in their schools and local communities. We can offer them a chance to:

  • influence local and national policy affecting young people’s lives
  • meet and socialise with other young people in the Young Ambassadors
  • have access to plenty of training opportunities and a chance to develop key skills
  • have a great addition to their CV’s – great for college and university applications

Don’t just take our word for it! See our volunteering page or call us at 01554 778288 for more information.

SNAP Cymru Photo and Family Story Contest

SNAP Cymru Photo and Family Story Contest

We would like to announce the launch of the new SNAP Cymru Photo and Family story Contest!

CONTEST OPEN FROM Oct 10 to November 10th 2015

SNAP Cymru has recently been told that our website is going to be preserved by the UK Web Archive which is a partnership between the National Library of Wales, the British Library, and the National Library of Scotland, to preserve website for future users. They have identified our web site as an important part of Wales’ documentary heritage and would like it to remain available to researchers and families in the future.  The archived copy of your web site will form part of their permanent collections.

So here’s the fun bit!

We are looking to hear from families who have been helped by SNAP Cymru. Sharing personal experiences is a really useful way for parents and families to help each other. Case studies are vital in helping SNAP Cymru; they help raise awareness so we can continue to provide even more support, advice and information to the families we help and also reach out to help even more families. During these hard times, especially with changes to the education system, our help is needed by more families than ever. We’re looking for some of your stories and photos to share to help raise awareness of the work we do.

We would like you to write a short story about your experiences and how SNAP Cymru helped you and your child.

No story would be complete without a photo or two. The photographs will need to be high quality photographs from a digital camera.

Tip: if your child would like to write to us about how they felt and how we helped them, it would be warmly welcomed as we love the personal touch.)

CASH AND PRIZES will be awarded after the final selection of winners has been made on December 1st 2015.

Winning stories and images:

  • Will be featured in the UK Web Archive and intranet
  • Results will be shared on our social media outlets and on our website under the news section.
  • No names or other personal information will be included in any captions without your explicit consent (substitute names can be used)
  • The images will not be used for any reason other than the ones stated above

We will be adding 6 stories to our website, so we wish you all the best of luck. Every story published will be given tokens or a monetary prize and more importantly help encourage other families. Remember your story and photograph will be preserved in history!

To submit your story send it to training@snapcymru.or with subject Family Story Contest. Please also complete our Consent form and send that with your email in order to be eligible.