SNAP News:

In May 2016

Welcome to SNAP News in May!

We were very excited to hear about Lyn Worrall's new venture brothers & sisters.  Lyn and her beautiful son Jago are well known to SNAP and we are proud to have brothers & sisters sponsor this month's newsletter.

You can read more about brothers & sisters in the feature below.


"Our mission here at brothers & sisters is to provide not only beautiful and high quality products but also a wonderful shopping experience that all parents deserve!"

Employment Allowance Increased to £3,000

The Employment Allowance – your opportunity to claim up to £3,000 a year when you employ a Nanny, Carer or Support Worker!

In 2014 the Government announced a new scheme to allow certain employers to forego the first £2k of Employers National Insurance contributions with the aim to benefit many of the UK’s small employers.
As it stands, nanny and domestic employers are not eligible to benefit from the scheme, however you can claim if you are hiring a nanny to help with caring for a disabled child or you employ a care or support worker, either for yourself or another person.
As this will affect the majority of clients that SNAP work with, we wanted to highlight this important benefit.
The scheme came into effect on Sunday 6th April 2015 and means that if eligible you can reduce your Employer National Insurance Contributions bill by up to £2000 a year, depending on how much Employer NI Contributions you pay. The Employment Allowance is not a grant: it works by reducing the amount of employer NI Contributions you need to pay.
You can find full details of the allowance in the following government link

SNAP have had a long association with Nannytax, the nanny payroll specialists.  If you are a Nannytax client you just need to let them know you wish to claim the £3k Employment Allowance and they will make sure to incorporate this into your payroll administration. Clients should email their request

Please spread this news so all families who are entitled can claim!

A superstore opened early for a 'quiet hour' to help autistic and disabled people

A superstore staged its first ever ‘quiet hour’ to help autistic and disabled shoppers this weekend... and now EIGHT other shops at Manchester Fort are set to do the same.

Simon Lea, manager of the Asda Living store at the Cheetham Hill complex, came up with the idea to helping people who felt intimidated or stressed by noise and disturbance.

And his idea for a super-quiet shopping environment struck a chord with thousands of people around the country with autism or other conditions and their families.

On Saturday, the store staged its first-ever quiet hour which saw escalators, in-store music turned down and display TVs switched off.

Autistic and other disabled customers were given a map of the store featuring pictures instead of words when the store opened at 8am - an hour early - on Saturday.

General manager Simon, who brought in the concept after seeing a boy with autism struggle to cope in the store last month, now says many neighbouring stores at the out-of-town shopping complex have told him they are also planning to follow his store’s example.

“It went really well. The store was silent, and we had great feedback from the families who benefited" said Simon, adding "Now it will be a regular event for us - every Saturday".

“We have eight other stores on board now at Manchester Fort who will be doing the same.I will also be meeting my bosses to feedback how it went.”

“Personally, I suffered for many years with anxiety and I used to absolutely hate going into busy stores. We knew that if we could make a few small changes to give these customers a better shopping experience then the store would be a better place to shop for everyone.

“It’s all about helping people really. Six months ago I would have said ‘control your child’ even though I’ve got children. But speaking to people with autism and disabled people has helped me think about how I can make it a better place to shop.”

Delighted Joanne Baines, who visited the store on Saturday with her daughter, posted her praise on Manchester Fort’s Facebook site: “My daughter and myself came in this morning to get a school skirt and what a huge and positive impact your store and more importantly your manager and staff have had on my daughter this morning.

“She not only managed without her wheelchair and ear defenders but she coped and didn’t go into crisis. This for us is huge. No head banging, biting or screaming.

“Once we returned to the car told me she enjoyed shopping this morning and would be happy to go back she’s never said that to me before so thank you.

“My daughter doesn’t cope with over stimulation of noise, lights and crowds but today she has learnt that she can do this and that is so important for her and us as a family especially for when she becomes an adult. Thank you x.”

Praising the scheme, Mark Lever, CEO of The National Autistic Society, said: “We’ve recently launched our biggest ever awareness campaign called Too Much Information, so people can learn about autism and feel encouraged to respond with the same kind of understanding shown by Simon and Asda.

“Last year, we surveyed over 7,000 autistic people and their families ahead of our campaign and shops were among the most popular choice to become more autism-friendly - we hope other supermarkets are inspired to follow Asda’s example.”

BIRT feature in BBC Louis Theroux documentary: A Different Brain

Brain injury is often referred to as a 'hidden disability’ because although those affected sometimes show few physical signs of change, they can face enormous cognitive, behavioural and personality challenges. Rehabilitation helps them to reconstruct who they are - from relearning the basics of walking, talking and eating, to adapting to and finding new ways to deal with changes in memory, judgement and behaviour. Family members are often caught between grieving for the loved one they’ve lost and learning to love the person they are now.

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) was delighted to have been at the heart of the recent Louis Theroux documentary: 'A Different Brain' for BBC Two. The documentary about brain injury and the rehabilitation journey, showed how people and their families come to terms with this life-changing condition.

Over 70 hours of filming took place to use for the one hour documentary, which the BBC team handled with great sensitivity. The men and women and the staff at the services were delighted to have been involved. The documentary gave a snapshot into the months of background work that goes into the rehabilitation process by a range of BIRT expert staff and specialists including clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, support workers, speech and language therapists and many others at each centre.

Louis Theroux: A Different Brain was broadcast on Sunday 15th May 2016 and is currently available to view on BBC iPlayer.

This year BIRT is proud to be celebrating 25 years as the charity leading brain injury rehabilitation across the UK through their network of 15 rehabilitation centres. They welcome this great opportunity to create awareness about brain injury and the effect it has on individuals and their families. Brain injury is non-discriminatory - it can affect anyone at any age, of any background, at any time.

If you would like to find out more about their specialist rehabilitation centres please visit or call their Freephone number on 0300 102 2000.


brothers & sisters
Innovative and Inspirational clothing for our Incredible kids

From Disaster comes Beautiful Things

I am a busy working mum to three beautiful boys. Our lives changed dramatically 4 years ago when my youngest son Jago had a tragic accident which left him with a severe brain injury, our beautiful boy could no longer walk, talk or eat. Our lives changed beyond recognition and we entered a very different world. It became very clear to me that there was a lack of not only resources for parents but access to well designed products for children with additional needs, in particular the clothing market. So with my background in Luxury fashion I decided to design clothing that was not only practical and provided solutions but also beautiful and luxurious.

100% Organic Cotton

All of our cotton products are 100% organic and responsibly sourced and manufactured in Europe. Our aim is to provide soft, durable products that are kind to the skin.

All bodysuits have a brand new design for easy access tube feeding and poppers on the shoulder to help easy dressing. They also have gorgeous touchy feely prints on the front to provide a multi sensory experience!

Products will be wrapped with soft tissue paper, and branded with our logo, perfect for your child or as a gift to someone else!

Style & Quality

All of our products are made with high quality organic cottons, sourced and manufactured in Europe. We use only the softest of cottons that are gentle on the skin. All of our labels are printed directly onto the fabric to avoid any irritation. Our tops have all got poppers on the shoulders to allow for an easier dressing experience and a nicer experience for your child.

~ Lyn Worrall

As well as launching brothers & sisters, Lyn has also set up an amazing online resource for parents of children with brain injuries called brainstars.  It's full of helpful information, including therapies, support and a whole section about the blended diet.

Makaton Training


SNAP Nanny becomes a Makaton Regional Tutor

We always love to hear how the nannies we have placed further their careers, so we were thrilled to receive an email from Libby Lumley telling us that she is now a qualified Makaton Regional Tutor!

Here's a message from Libby and some details of her services:

"A few years ago Sally placed me in an amazing position with a wonderful family in The Caribbean. Now 4 years after I’ve left them they are still part of my life (little one is coming to stay with me next month for a weekend) it was an extremely rewarding position in every sense.  I was able to gain experience and attend professional training in order to enhance my skills while working with the family. This position started me down a path to work with children with SEND concerns, become a SENCO at a Day Nursery and has ultimately led me to my new career of being a Makaton Regional Tutor"

Contact Libby


Some of our favourite YouTube Clips

Tell Us About Your Favourite Clips!
BBC Breakfast and #AGT!

BBC Breakfast and Autism's Got Talent

Autism’s Got Talent provides a platform that showcases an array of diverse talent from performers who are on the autism spectrum.  Established by charity, Anna Kennedy Online, the event is changing lives and the perspective of autism.

BBC Breakfast meets young Nick Meek who performed in Autism's Got Talent and wowed the audience with his amazing drumming skills!
Mousa Dembele invites Marshall Janson onto the pitch at White Hart Lane

Marshall Janson Makes His Debut
at White Hart Lane

Tottenham may have been pipped for second place in the Premier League by rivals Arsenal, but it looks like they have found a new striker for next season! Eight year old Marshall Janson, who lost his arms and legs to meningitis, was given a rapturous reception as he walked on to the pitch, accompanied by Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele and joined in with the substitutes for their half-time drills.

#SNAP Hot Topics This Month!

Paralympian Becomes First Disabled Brit to
Scale Mount Kilimanjaro



PARALYMPIAN and double amputee Aaron Phipps has become the first person to scale Mount Kilimanjaro in a WHEELCHAIR.

The father-of-two 33, reached the top of the world's highest free standing mountain in Tanzania, Africa.

Aaron, who was part of Great Britain's wheelchair rugby team in the 2012 Paralympics, was diagnosed with meningitis when he was 15 after his parents spotted the disease.

Despite leaving him with disabilities Aaron refused to let the disease take any more of his life.

Mr Phipps trained for the gruelling trek and crippling altitude sickness by sitting at the top of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps.

After months of preparations he took just five days to top the 5,895m land form on an all-terrain chair dubbed a Mountain Trike. 

Last month Aaron completed the London Marathon and has raised over £36,000 for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) & Shaw Trust.

You can find further details at Aaron's JustGiving Page

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