Black and white head shot of Sally BrittonHappy New Year! 


And what a year it has been! Many of our clients and families have faced extraordinary challenges, above and beyond the usual ones. 

A big THANK YOU to the many fabulous support staff working with our clients and families who have been remarkably flexible, understanding and accommodating to ensure support was provided throughout the year. 

We have all changed how we have to live our lives and carry out our work, and while this has brought challenges, it also brought new opportunities, accessibility and the chance to step back, take a breath and see what is really important to us all.

We know the start of this new year will bring further testing times, but there seems light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine and improved treatments for those suffering from COVID-19. 

We wish you and your loved ones a healthy, happy 2021 and thank you all for your support with Snap throughout the year. 

Best wishes, Sally and the team at Snap 

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We will be running a series of regular webinars/online events throughout the year on most Wednesdays. The lunchtime events will be at 12.30pm but will be posted online if you miss them.

We kicked off the events with a Makaton Taster Session with Libby from Hands Aloud just before Christmas (details below) and she will be running regular mini sessions, 'Makaton Moments' when you will have an opportunity to talk with a Makaton Tutor and see a Makaton symbol and sign, concept or phrase demonstrated each session.

The following dates for January, details of further webinars will be posted on our website.

13th, 12.30pm: Makaton Moments with Libby from Hands Aloud. The chance to speak with a Makaton Tutor and see a Makaton symbol and sign, concept or phrase demonstrated each session
13th, 1.00pm: CV Workshop. Create the best CV for Support Worker roles with Sally at Snap 
20th, 12.30pm: What is Section F of an EHCP? Boyes Turner answer your questions
27th, 12.30pm: Makaton Moments with Libby from Hands Aloud

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Makaton Taster Session

Libby hosts our festive online event!

We were delighted to have Libby Lumley co-host the first of what will be a series of online events and webinars.

We have known Libby for 12 years when we placed her as an SEN Nanny on a Caribbean Island! Libby is now a Makaton Tutor, teaching people across the UK via Zoom.
The Snap staff and Libby Makaton tutor Zoom shot
L-R, Top: Jade, Sally and Libby. Middle: Jackie, Ruth and Rachael. Bottom: Kamila and Janet

The session was great fun, (we learned a Christmas rhyme in Makaton!) and it was so interesting to understand more about how Makaton works and supports communication for many different people, not just children. 

The Snap team are looking forward to receiving training from Libby, Makaton is such a useful skill to have.

Click here for more information about Makaton including details of Libby's online training and useful links. 

Andrew SloranceAndrew Slorance in his award-winning wheelchair

Winner of the Toyota Mobility Unlimited Challenge

A Scottish designer has won $1m (£753,000) to fund the manufacture of his innovative smart-wheelchair.

Andrew Slorance, who uses a wheelchair himself, won the Toyota-run global Mobility Unlimited Challenge.

Inventors were invited to submit smart technologies to improve the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis.

The Phoenix I uses smart sensors to detect if the user is leaning forward or backwards and adjusts its centre of gravity to prevent tipping or falling.

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Covi the Little Christmas DinosaurBook cover for Covi, the little Christmas dinosaur. Red background and friendly, cartoon dinosaur with Christmas presents

Available from Amazon

Featured in the new book is a real, brave girl, seven-year-old Harmonie-Rose Allen, the first junior ambassador of a charity dedicated to fighting meningitis.

Harmonie lost all her limbs to the disease as a baby and has gone on to defy all the odds - she is amazing and inspirational to children, and will represent Great Britain in gymnastics.

A photo of the wonderful Harmonie
Amazon are donating 50p for every book sold to the chosen charity of Harmonie-Rose, which is the Combe Down Primary School fundraising campaign to support building the school's library of books and redeveloping their forest school.


Watch Harmonie talk about the book here!

Sports Personality of The Year 2020Photo of Tobias Weller

Tobias Weller wins inaugural Young Unsung Hero

Tobias Weller has been awarded the inaugural Captain Tom Young Unsung Hero prize at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show.

Nine-year-old Tobias has cerebral palsy and autism, and uses a walking frame. Across his two marathons, Tobias raised more than £150,000 for his two favourite charities, Sheffield Children's Hospital and Paces School.


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What is Carer's Allowance?Boyes Turner Logo - Red Text

Charlene Hughes, Associate Solicitor


Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers. You may be entitled to receive Carer’s Allowance if you care for someone at least 35 hours per week. Carer’s Allowance is currently £67.25 per week.

Eligibility also depends on other criteria – for example, the person you care for must be receiving certain benefits. This includes the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment or the middle or highest rate of Disability Living Allowance. 

What type of care do I need to be providing to be eligible to receive Carer’s Allowance?
Types of care include helping with household tasks, help with washing and cooking and taking someone to medical appointments. Emotional support and keeping an eye on the person is also considered as care...
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