A message from Sally Britton, MD Snap CareBlack and white photo of Sally Britton

These are certainly still difficult and unsettling times, but since Easter, we have started to see a lot more activity within our industry as we all accept we will have a level of restriction for some time yet as this becomes our 'new normal'.

We have been heartened by the large number of fabulous candidates who have recently registered with us or returning, ready to start looking for work again. We are interviewing many new candidates from a variety of backgrounds who have reevaluated how they can best use their skills, and are keen to work on a more 1:1 basis. 

Clients and families are working creatively with us to manage the recruitment process. This has included online video interviews, face to face interviews outside in the garden (which have been very successful and we believe will stay popular!), changing roles to live-in to reduce travel, and organising parking so candidates avoid public transport. DBS applications are coming back more quickly than we have ever known.

If you have put your recruitment on hold or were wondering when is the best time to start looking for a new job, we have great candidates keen to start work, fantastic jobs, and we are here and ready to work with you. 

Webinar/Online Event
We are excited to be organising our first live (free!) event/webinar for parents with disabled children or those with additional needs. This will be an informal environment for parents to ask questions, share resources and ideas with others in similar situations. We'll have a small panel of SEND professionals including an experienced SEN teacher. Please let me know if this is of interest or if you have a question you'd like to ask and I'll keep you updated with the details. 

Stay safe and stay well. Sally 
Ps. Sorry April's edition is a little late!

The Children's TrustPie chart showing Children's Trust Strategy for the next 5 years

Virtual Showcase


The Children’s Trust runs the UK’s largest rehabilitation centre for children with brain injury and neurodisability.  The Snap Team has been fortunate enough to attend several of their Professional Days at their centre in the beautiful surroundings of Tadworth Court. With the Covid-19 outbreak, it was no longer possible to visit, but we were thrilled to attend a rather fabulous Virtual Showcase put together by the inventive Children’s Trust Team!

It is always wonderful to hear about the amazing work The Children’s Trust do each year, in fact, did you know that during 2019-2020 they had over 83,700 visitors to their Brain Injury Hub from people seeking reliable, comprehensive information about brain injury and its consequences?

For Rachael and I, attending this first Virtual Showcase was particularly exciting as we got to hear about The Children’s Trust Strategy for 2020-2025.  We are in no doubt that this ambitious five-year plan will continue to offer incredible support to the children, young people, and families they work with.

Jackie
Ps. The Children's Trust will be running more online events soon, we'll bring you details in future newsletters.

Coronavirus - a book for children

Written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson, and Nia Roberts

Book cover for Coronavirus, a book for children by Alex Sheffler
This is a FREE digital information book for primary school-age children to help explain the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. It answers lots of questions in a child-friendly way, and aims to both inform and reassure. Published by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Click here to view the book

We have a Winner: Denise from London!Cover of book Slime, by David WalliamsAnd the winner is...

A copy of David Walliam's book, Slime

We are looking forward to reading Denise's daughters' review of the book!


Sorry if you entered and weren't successful, but we have a draw each month, see below!arrow down, red clour

Enter to win!The Snap News Giveaway!

Enter our monthly draw for a chance to win 'I’m Only In It for the Parking'


Lee Ridley is also known as Lost Voice Guy. He's a stand-up comedian, writer and tech geek. Lee has cerebral palsy and communicates using an iPad. A bit like Stephen Hawking. Though, in Lee’s words, better looking! He is a BBC New Comedy Award winner, his Radio 4 sitcom Ability has had two series and counting, winner of 2018’s Britain’s Got Talent and is an ambassador for Scope. I’m Only In It for the Parking is his first book.

Simply email your name and a contact number to enter into the Snap Newsletter Giveaway draw! Names will be put into a hat and one lucky winner will be selected.

We'll ask the winner for a quick review for next month's newsletter. You must be based in the UK, and over 18 to enter, no cash alternatives. 
 

The Staying InnStaying Inn, pub sign, red with crest

Staying connected during COVID-19

The Staying Inn is an accessible, inclusive online space for disabled and non-disabled folk to stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis.

We run a range of events, from our weekly pub quiz, film club, interviews, classes and much much more! Check out our Events page to find out more.

www.thestayinginn.org.uk

Harry Judd QuizHarry Judd hosting his online quiz on Instagram

McFly band members raise funds for The Children's Trust - and Snap recruiter, Rachael joins in!
 

As a HUGE McFly fan, I was thrilled to hear that Harry Judd was hosting a quiz with his fellow bandmate, Tom Fletcher, and his lovely wife Giovanna Fletcher on 5th May. Even better, as Harry and his wife Izzy have recently become Ambassadors for The Children's Trust, the quiz was to raise money for the charity which is very close to all our hearts at Snap.
 
The quiz was great fun with a variety of topics from Disney to Harry Potter and definitely kept me entertained for the evening. If any of you missed this you can still catch it on Harry's Instagram! (@harryjudd) 
 
To raise more money, Harry is also offering 10 people who donate, (selected at random), the opportunity to have either an online drum lesson, or just a chat via FaceTime or Zoom. Closing date is 10 May, and to be in with a chance, make a donation to Harry's Just Giving Page 

They have already raised just under £6,000 which is fantastic, especially at a time when all charities are seeing such a drop in donations. 
Rachael

BBC News

I thought dancers had to have two arms and two legs


I knew my legs and feet intimately because of my years of dancing - every callus, every sinew, every bruised toenail. I spent so much time with them, taping them up to go into pointe shoes, taping them up again after they’d been cut from pointe shoes, massaging my arches, pointing, flexing.

They were part of my body, but also tools, crucial for doing what I loved most, which was dancing...
 

Parents' Toolkit: SENDIntroduction to music BBC Bite Size Toolkit: SEND

BBC Bitesize

A fantastic collection of SEND (Special Education and Disability) resources from the BBC. 

Includes sections on Supporting Well-being, Isolation inspiration, Activities and Learning, Top Tips and Personal Stories,  
 

Spectrum LiveSpectrum Live, Coronavirus Series

National Autistic Society, Coronavirus Series
 

The National Autistic Society is hosting a series of Spectrum Live episodes of their Facebook page to address issues around autistic people and COVID-19. 

Episode 1- 'Coronavirus, health and wellbeing', Wednesday the 29th of April at 7:30pm
Episode 2- 'Your care and support', Wednesday the 6th of May at 7:30pm
Episode 3- 'Supermarkets and access to food', Wednesday the 13th of May at 7:30pm
Episode 4- Unknown. We have decided to leave this open for now as the situation ever changes and will announce soon.

The Corona Virus Series
 

Something to share in Snap News? 

We'd love to hear from you! 

If you have a favourite video clip, app, website, book, local SEN provision, inclusive activity, new technology or equipment.. why not send us the details so we can share in Snap News! 

Send your nuggets to jackie@snapcare.co.uk or call Jackie on 020 7729 2200 
 


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