Children’s charity SNAPS was delighted to be one of the chosen charities supported by Sovereign’s Community Programme
One Leeds based charity providing support services for children with additional needs has received a donation of over £3,486 from the Sovereign Health Care Community Programme. This money will help to fund SNAPS’ stay and play sessions.
Sovereign is a Bradford-based company, which has been concerned with the health and wellbeing of local people for over 149 years and this ethos is reflected in the community organisations and charities they support. In general, favouring interventions that touch people’s lives and clearly make a difference.
The generous donation to SNAPS will certainly make a difference to the lives of both children and families in West Yorkshire. SNAPS provide leisure support services for children with additional needs of all kinds and their families. They aim to support the entire family, by enabling them to participate in shared physical activity in relaxed surroundings, supported by professional, dedicated staff. The stay and play sessions in particular are an opportunity for parents and carers to get together and talk to other parents who may have similar experiences. It gives our families an opportunity to share information and provide mutual support for each other as well as an opportunity for children to play, make friends and take part in activities such as music therapy and arts and crafts in a safe and welcoming environment. SNAPS hires specially trained teachers to deliver classes such as sign and sing, dance and drama, which the children love taking part in. These classes are important as children aren’t able to attend the mainstream versions, and they help to develop confidence, creativity and expression.
The main hall at SNAPS’ two sites are open for 9.30am-1.30pm every week for informal play and socialising. Anyone is welcome and families can contact SNAPS directly via their website to find out more. – www.snapsyorkshire.org
Feedback from parents is that the service has helped them to make new friends, boosted their self-esteem, and given them the space to speak to others about problems they may be having. Having re opened its doors in September following the pandemic, parents have shared the difference SNAPS support makes to them and their families:
“It’s just lovely. There are very few places that are secure and safe, and everyone just gets it.” – SNAPS’ parent
“It’s our absolute lifeline. He’s spoken about it constantly during lockdown. It’s amazing” – SNAPS parent
Russ Piper Chief Executive at Sovereign Health Care, said “ “SNAPS plays an important role in the lives of children and families in West Yorkshire and it’s rewarding to know our donation can make such a difference to the Stay and Play sessions they provide”
Lisa Morton, senior fundraising manager at SNAPS, said: “Everyone at SNAPS was delighted to receive such a generous donation from Sovereign Health Care! This donation will allow SNAPS to continue providing vital services while further developing our services to meet local need. We are so grateful to have been selected.”
Child Friendly Leeds was launched by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012. Over the last 10 years, the city has embraced this ambition and we are proud of partnerships that have developed across the city between Child Friendly Leeds Ambassadors and services working with families to helping to improve outcomes for children and young people. Children and young peoples voices are at the heart of our approach and will continue to shape our priorities and plans for the next 10 years!
Due to the pandemic, we were unable to organise the annual Child Friendly Leeds Awards last year and so it is even more important to recognise the incredible individual contributions of children and young people and people working with families but also the phenomenal work of different groups, organisations and settings in helping improve the lives of children and young people.
In July 2022 we will be hosting a prestigious city-wide Child Friendly Leeds 10th Birthday awards event to celebrate all the incredible work that is happening across the city to make Leeds the best place for children and young people to grow up in.
This is your opportunity to shine a light on the people, places and organisations that have gone that extra mile!
Where would you recommend children and young people and families visit in Leeds? Do you know a child, young person or adult that deserves recognition for the work they do in their community? Has an organisation / business supported your school through the pandemic? Which arts/ cultural organisations or projects are doing valuable work with children and young people?
Then please tell us! Without nominations, we cannot recognise those people, places and organisations for the amazing work that they do. Nominations will close on Friday 25 March at 10pm.
As the need for our services to continue to grow, we are looking for two enthusiastic, fun, organised, professional and caring individuals to join our amazing team at SNAPS!
One Site Manager will be based at Broomfield South SILC and one Site Manager will be based at Penny Field North SILC. Site Manager’s will need to be onsite between 8.30am and 2pm on the Saturdays we are open in term time. They will also need to carry out 1 hour of administration duties (flexible time) during the week, every week the project is open. Site Managers will take responsibility for the smooth running of SNAPS sessions each week. This will involve on site staff and volunteer management, supporting families and planning and managing activities.
Site Managers will play a key role in SNAPS’s service delivery as they are the friendly faces that our families will get to know each week. Site Managers will work closely with the Assistant Managers on Site and the Children’s Services Manager who oversees the services we provide for children.
Joining SNAPS as a Site Manager is a wonderful chance to help with children with additional needs and their families whilst having lots of fun! SNAPS is a supportive employer, and we aim to help our employees reach their own personal and career goals.
We are very excited to share the news that we will now be following the Rockhopper swimming certificates at SNAPS! And we hope everybody will be excited to start achieving their first swimming certificates with us.
For further information on SNAPS Swimming or further information on the badges please do get in touch with Jo – firstname.lastname@example.org
SNAPS Super Kids Awards offer the chance for us to celebrate the amazing children and families we are working with every week at SNAPS!
We are all about making the impossible possible for the children we support and these events are an opportunity to celebrate everyone and their achievements.
You can nominate your child for anything you wish from their beaming smile to achieving their physio goals, we want to celebrate every child we are working with and give all the children at SNAPS the opportunity to accept an award, including siblings.
To make your nomination, simply click on the link below to fill out the details in the nomination form and pick which awards event you’d like to attend. Each child will receive their award and a special treat to celebrate their awesomeness!
Nominations close 9th March 2022.
As we near the end of 2021 and have finished our first term back after lockdown, I wanted to wish you, our lovely families, a really happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.
As we all know, 2021 continued to challenge us all and we remain amazed at your reliance and determination. You have shown us how you keep putting one foot in front of the other and in doing so achieve the very best for your family and community.
At SNAPS the highlight of the year was opening our doors again in September and finally seeing your smiling faces in person! Thank you for bearing with us as we worked out the logistics of PPE, waiting times, booking systems and facility issues. I’m sure you agree that the staff and volunteer team have done a superb job of making sure we deliver brilliant services to you all despite the difficulties and restrictions.
We have loved seeing the kids back in the pool, on the trampoline, having fun in the hall and playing football at our football sessions. Our family support walk and talks and indoor meetings are going from strength to strength and it’s been wonderful to be able to provide counselling sessions for those who needed more in-depth support.
At SNAPS, our aim has always been and will always be to meet YOUR needs, so please keep talking to us and letting us know how we can support you. We know that there will be more hurdles to overcome in 2022 but we are looking forward to getting stuck into the new year and delivering more fantastic services. We appreciate our waiting lists are long at the moment and we are working hard to see what we can put in place to grow the number of families that we can support next year.
Until then, I hope you can all enjoy some happy Christmas times with your family and friends and we look forward to seeing you in January for lots more fun with your SNAPS family.
We are delighted to announce that we will be holding SNAPS’ Annual General Meeting at 7pm Tuesday 30th November 2021. We would normally do this at one of our sites, but as we did last year we will be holding this AGM via Zoom. We would love as many parents as possible to join us virtually to hear about SNAPS’ last year of service delivery, more about the finances and management of the charity and this is also your opportunity to raise any suggestions or concerns you may have. We are driven by our families’ needs and so your feedback and input in incredibly important to us.
To join the meeting please email Lucy Owen at email@example.com to register your place. You will then be sent the Zoom Link.
We look forward to seeing you there!
SNAPS was able to reopen at Penny Field and Broomfield on Saturday 19th September.
After 18 months closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Government restrictions, families were able to attend site to restart physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and rebound therapy with our physio team. For the first time this year families were able to meet up face to face and restart vital support services that have been sorely missed throughout lockdown.
Two special guests was also at Broomfield site to welcome everyone back. Spiderman and Spidergwen made an appearance at our stay and play session.
It is great to see everyone again, and SNAPS is happy to be able to provide the support needed to children with additional needs and their parents. We have lots of exciting plans ahead now we have reopened so keep an eye on our website and social media pages for more information over the coming weeks and months.
Our football sessions start again on Saturday 26th September at Middleton Leisure Centre in South Leeds.