Newsletter from SNAP Childcare / SNAP16+

SNAP News:

In January 2016

Welcome to SNAP News in January!

This months news kindly sponsored by: Nannytax who we have known since SNAP first started back in 2001!

Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine is an award-winning Oxfordshire charity that believes people with learning disabilities and autism deserve to live life to the full.

We tackle the problem that many people with learning disabilities leave school with limited life skills and as a result poor life chances. This often leads to isolation and being marginalised. Our projects start working with young people in community settings from the age of 11 onwards, to build their social skills, confidence, independence and ultimately their employability. At the same time we are supporting families and carers with respite.

We’re unusual in the world of charities (and local authorities) in that with the same team of staff we assist young people on their journey through childhood into adulthood. This allows us, often over many years, to gain both trust and a real insight as to how best to create a person-centered plan to support each individual.

What makes us different? Willingness to go the extra mile. An emphasis on fun. Fresh and innovative approaches which embrace enterprise and technology. That staff member who post their EuroMillions win, says, “I’m staying at my job”. A family feel. We’re unashamedly ambitious to make things better.

The terms “learning disability” and “autism” cover a huge variety of needs. Our specialism is helping individuals with mild to moderate needs- it is unusual for us to provide one-to-one support.

Our projects

For young people (11-18), we run an ambitious school holiday programme, youth clubs, a breakfast club and residential holidays. Our goal is to help teenagers transition into adulthood and therefore able to access mainstream services, socialise independently and engage in meaningful work. In short, to be able to ‘do more’ but to ‘need less’ from the state or charities such as ours.

For adults, we provide real-world training and employment opportunities, a group calledLaunchpad for young adults to peer-support one another to socialise & use public transport independently and monthly residential holidays, which are often young adults’ first sustained time away from home.

Our success achieving our goals has been greatly helped by award-winning social enterprise cafes we run in Oxford and in Witney, which are co-staffed by people with learning disabilities. We have consistently been the number 1 rated restaurant in Oxford on TripAdvisor in 2015. People enter the cafés because of the quality of the coffee & food. It just ‘so happens’ that some 45,000 customers have left the door with a different perception of ‘disability’.

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities with Yellow Submarine click here

How to be a Superhero Called Self-Control

Meet Self-Control, a superhero who wants to teach young children his super powers of self-control! Anxiety, frustration, anger, and other difficult feelings won't stand a chance against their new-found powers.

Self-Control teaches children with emotional and sensory regulation difficulties aged approximately 4-7 how to calm themselves using self-massage, deep pressure, breathing exercises, and activities such as making an imaginary list and finding their own peaceful place. This illustrated book also features an appendix with photocopiable super power charts, reinforcers, and reminder tools to ensure that parents, teachers, and other professionals can support children in upholding superhero strategies even after the book has been read.

Nannytax Factsheet - Statutory Sick Pay & Leave

As we see the temperatures dropping, we unfortunately also see an increase in coughs, colds & sniffles, so our friends at Nannytax are here with a reminder of what an employers obligations are regarding Statutory Sick Pay and Leave.

When a nanny, like any other employee, is absent from work due to sickness their employer is required to administer Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

When SSP is due

SSP is paid for the days the nanny would normally have worked. It is not paid for the first three consecutive days of illness (excluding days not normally worked). These three days are known as ‘waiting days’ and any payment of salary to the nanny for these days is at the employer’s discretion. On the fourth consecutive day SSP is paid instead of, or as part of, the nanny’s normal rate of pay, for up to 28 weeks. Nannies who have jobs with more than one family may get SSP from each employer.

How it is paid

SSP is paid in the same way as the nanny’s normal salary (weekly or monthly), a payslip is provided as normal and Tax and National Insurance will be deducted in the usual way.
Who can and cannot qualify

To qualify nannies must:

• be classed as an employee and have done some work for your employer
• have been ill for at least 4 days in a row (including non-working days)
• be earning at least the Lower Earnings Limit
• inform their employer within 7 days or by their employer’s deadline (if they have one stipulated in the Employment Contract)

Nannies cannot qualify if:

• they have received the maximum amount of SSP (28 weeks)
• have taken 3 years or more ‘linked periods’ of sickness - where 4 or more days of sickness happen within 8 weeks of each other
• are getting Statutory Maternity Pay

Changes to the law from 6 April 2014

From the start of the tax year 2014/15, The Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS) which allowed, in certain circumstances, employers to recover SSP has been abolished. Employers will no longer be to reclaim SSP although recovery of unclaimed SSP for previous tax years may be possible for a limited period.

In replacement of the PTS, the government have announced they will be moving the funding into a new scheme as part of the cross-government Health, Work and Wellbeing Initiative. Under this new scheme, which is expected to launch in 2015, help will be made available to employees who have been incapacitated for four weeks or more, to get them back to work.

'Epilepsy and Me'
Now Available to Purchase

Back in August 2015, Young Epilepsy students had a starring role in a documentary about epilepsy entitled, Epilepsy & Me

Epilepsy & Me followed three St Piers students who attended the surrey based and another young man who visited the Neville Centre at Young Epilepsy. Students opened up their lives to the cameras to show the public what it was like to live with a hidden disability.

The documentary shadowed students at crucial points in their lives when their futures were being decided.

If you would like to watch the student’s stories unfold, please visit the link below where you can purchase the documentary.


The Children's Trust - Hot Topics in Paediatric Neurodisability

The Children’s Trust runs the UK’s largest rehabilitation centre for children with brain injury. Now is your chance to attend a study day here at The Children’s Trust and find out more about the current hot topics in paediatric neurodisability. Key speakers will join us from Great Ormond Street Hospital, University of Leeds and The Children’s Trust.

Hot topics will include vision assessment in children with complex disability, epilepsy in complex disability, neuromuscular scoliosis, respiratory and sleep disorder in disability and more…If you are a Paediatrician, Paediatric and Neurodisability Trainee, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech & Language Therapist, Psychologist, Nurse or or any other person working with children with disabilities then please book a place on our study day.RCPCH has approved this activity for up to 5.5 CPD credits, in accordance with the current RCPCH CPD Guidelines.Tickets for the study day cost £50 (refreshments and a light lunch provided). Ticket booking closes Friday 5 February 2016

Friday 26 February 2016 08:45am - 16:45pm

Book your place online here.

Or email

Some of our favourite YouTube Clips

Tell Us About Your Favourite Clips!
Panorama - Can You Stop My Multiple Sclerosis - BBC Documentary 2016

BBC Panorama - Can You Stop my Multiple Sclerosis?

One hundred thousand people in the UK have multiple sclerosis, an incurable condition that can result in permanent disability. Panorama has exclusive access to patients pioneering a crossover cancer treatment that has enabled some MS sufferers with paralysis to regain their movement.
Cerebra Surf Story

Surfing With Cerebral Palsy

The Cerebra Innovation Centre have developed the Tandem Surfboard and Surf Access Vehicle (SAV). The team tested the new products at Llangennith beach in West Wales with the help of thirteen-year old surf enthusiast Kai Lewis, from Port Talbot, who has cerebral palsy following a stroke at the age of one.

#SNAP Hot Topics This Month!

Meet Henibean!

There are lots of fabulous Blogs that you can find on the internet and here's one that we like at SNAP:

"My name is Jade. I'm a wife and mother of four of which has a "life limiting condition" (Edwards Syndrome/Trisomy 18). I trained as a Chartered Physiotherapist many moons ago and through the years have done further studies in my "spare time" on massage therapy, life coaching, and Naturopathic Iridology. I have a thirst for knowledge on anything to do with health, fitness, nutrition, well being and spirituality. My motivation for my studies though the years has been to help my family and disabled daughter and also to try to fix my own declining health (due to caring responsibilities over the last 20 years). Now I'm wanting to share with YOU some of the things I've learned and the things I do to stay sane in this challenging stress filled world!"

To keep up to date with Heni and her Mum Jade, click here

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