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Shop Online and support SNAP Cymru for FREE!

If you do any online shopping, why not support SNAP for free?

We are currently signed up to receive support from both Amazon Smile and Easyfundraising.

AmazonSmile

What is it?

It is a shopping website operated by Amazon – when you shop on this website, AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to SNAP if registered with us. AmazonSmile website (Smile.Amazon.co.uk) has the same products and prices as Amazon.co.uk

How can I set it up to be sure it automatically donates?

In order for SNAP to receive donations from your purchases, you will need to:

If you are shopping on your laptop, simply ensure you are shopping via smile.amazon.co.uk and Amazon will automatically donate to SNAP with every purchase.

  1. register your account with Amazon Smile and select SNAP as your chosen charity.
  2. You will also have to go into your app to activate your device – this can be completed by
    • going into the Amazon app on your phone, and typing ‘Amazon Smile’ into the search bar 
    • The top result should be the Amazon Smile Logo with the caption ‘AmazonSmile – You shop. Amazon gives.’, click on it
    • Enable notifications

You’re all set! Make sure you make a note of when you will need to renew your Amazon Smile – this is completely free!

EasyFundraising

What is it?

Easyfundraising is a website that turns your everyday online shopping into donations for your good cause, at no cost to you. How? Just visit your favourite retailers through our website and the shop as normal. Once you’ve made a purchase the retailer will then make a small donation to your cause to say “thank you”.

How do I sign up to support SNAP Cymru through EasyFundraising?

Follow our link to sign up:

SNAP Cymru Fundraising | Easyfundraising

When shopping online, shop through the Easyfundraising website to ensure that we receive donations!

And that’s it! Don’t forget to set up all your devices and tell your friends and family how they can support SNAP for free too!

SNAP Wedding Donation

In January of this year, we were delighted receive an email from Richard and Athina, a soon-to-be married couple who had selected us as one of two charities that they wanted to raise funds for at their wedding.

Richard and Athina kindly asked friends and family to forego sending traditional wedding presents, and in turn, requested donations for both SNAP and the homeless support charity, CHESS.

Despite the difficulties of this year, Richard and Athina tied the knot this Autumn, at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff. And with the support of their friends and family, the pair have donated­­ several hundred pounds to us at SNAP. Richard and Athina also sent us this beautiful photo of them on their big day!

 

Athina and Richard on their wedding day, at Alexandra Gardens

Thank you to Richard, Athina and all those who contributed to this fantastic donation, we are sending our very best wishes for your future!

If you would like to donate to SNAP, please click the button below. 

SNAP Cymru receive fantastic donation from Cardiff Round Table

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.

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”

For further images and links to the story please see>

https://www.facebook.com/events/1511457942494348/permalink/1540631506243658/

 

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