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Snap News: November 2016

Welcome to Snap News in November, it's been a busy month as usual! 

In this month's Snap news:



Superheros Tri

Paralympians invite everyday superheros to join their teams at exciting new sporting series!


Last week, a host of Paralympic gold medallists helped launch the Superhero Series, the UK’s only mass-participation sports series for disabled people. Sophia Warner, Marc Woods, and Team Captains Sophie Christiansen, JJ Chalmers, Sophie Morgan, Anne Dickins and Megan Giglia attended the launch event at Beany Green in Paddington and called on the public to get involved in this unique event.


Leveraging the inspiration of the fantastic Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and the 64 gold medals won by ParalympicSports Events for the SuperherosGB, the Superhero Series aims to increase disability sport participation at all levels by removing the restrictive rules and regulations imposed by mass-participation events. Team Captains will be taking on one stage of the Celebrity Superhero Tri (150m swim, 3k bike, 1k push/run) and are calling out to the nation (disabled or not) to complete their relay team. To enter the competition, simply head to www.superheroseries.co.uk and tell us why you should be picked for a Celebrity Superhero’s team and which stage of the triathlon you’d like to do.

Big, bold and gutsy, the Superhero Series gives everyone - total beginners to elite athletes - the chance to find their inner superpower and achieve any goal. The debut event is on 19 August 2017 at Dorney Lake, Windsor.

Alongside the Celebrity Superhero Tri, the debut event will hold three triathlon challenges over three distances. Participants don’t have to take on all three stages, opening up four popular sports.

 

Read the full article...

Wheelchair Services

With news last week of a potential new, highly adaptable powerchair coming to market, our social media manager Lucy wrote for the Guardian on the inequalities involved in asking disabled people to fund their own wheelchairs.

She writes: "For some disabled people, our wheelchairs are the substitute for our legs. Yet the way we treat disabled people is like asking someone who has broken both legs to pay for the operation to fix the second break – and this from a government that aims to get more of us in work, while remaining indifferent to helping us do so."

See the article here...

Child Brain Injury Trust Annual Conference – It’s a family affair   Thursday 29th March 2017, Wolverhampton


Families are at the heart of the work that the Child Brain Injury Trust, a national charity, delivers throughout the UK following childhood acquired brain injury.  That is why this year the focus of our conference is looking at the impact on the family when this sudden and sometimes devastating situation occurs; we aim to help professionals attending truly see how families are affected and what support is needed from all those involved.  This event is suitable for Case Managers, Paediatric Nursing and Clinical professionals, therapists, teachers, teaching assistants, SENCO’s…..anyone who works with and support families.
There are also a limited number of parent places available at this event, which is aimed at professionals.  To book your place click here

Snap Focus Job:
 

Afternoon SEN Nanny
for Molly, 9

 

Flixton, Manchester, M41

 

Map of Flixton, Manchester
 

Snap is based in London, but we work with families and clients all over the UK - and abroad! 
This month's focus Snap job, in Flixton in Manchester is a great little part-time role with Molly 9. 
Molly is a rather fabulous little girl who has a real passion for singing and music, anything from Frozen to Madonna! 
Molly has cerebral palsy and requires assistance for all her physical needs. She has medication and food via a gastrostomy tube and she has epilepsy. She uses AAC to support her communication. 
If you would like to work with Molly or a child like her, we'd love to hear from you!
If you know someone who might be interested in this role, please do share with them.

Thank you!

Useful Links:


Cerebral Palsy 
Gastrostomy Tube
AAC

Key Points:


Up to 20 hours 
Up to £13.00 gross
Afternoon shifts
Excellent learning opportunities
Driver required


Call Jade on:

020 7729 2200

Snap loves... End the Awkward by Scope

We all know that disability can lead to some awkward situations, and Scope is out to end them. Their very successful End the Awkward campaign aims to help non-disabled people who feel that they do not know how to act when they meet a disabled person. Combining humorous videos with serious points, the online resources go a long way towards tackling one of the main issues in disabled people's social lives.

To get involved, visit www.scope.org.uk/end-the-awkward and use the hashtag #EndtheAwkward on Twitter. Share your awkward stories and help Scope change attitudes.

Scope Logo
Alongside End the Awkward, Scope has launched a new campaign to bring discussions about disability to schools. They believe that having these discussions early will lead to more openness and acceptance, so they are sending disabled people, their Role Models, into schools to talk about their lives and disability.


This is a brilliant way to show disability in a positive light and ensure a better future. To register your school or find out more visit http://www.scope.org.uk/Get-Involved/Campaigns/School-Role-Models.

Your Storieswhat's your story?


Every month, we'll be featuring a story or article written by a Snap Newsletter reader. Why is care important to you? Has a Snap candidate changed you or your child's life? Or do you simply have a great story to share? Email Snap with your stories. 

This month's piece is by Rachel Morriss-Eytle. Rachel was placed this summer to be a PA for one of our long-time clients, Lucy. Here she talks about her role and how Snap helped her find it.

 Working as a carer and special needs nanny has massively impacted my own life like I never thought it would. I've recently found myself muttering to stairs that are pointless in their being, and checking how big gaps are between platform and train- all things that I and many others take for granted. I feel this is something you could never acquire/learn from any other job, as your empathy and want for everything to be accessible really changes you perspective.

I can only say that this has personally been amplified by the fact that the person I am a carer / PA for has become a good friend. This is due to Snap, and the time and effort that was taken to go through resumes and interviews with many people before finding the right match.

The questions asked in the interview were extremely varied, as they were looking for a young person, who wouldn't make her feel like she was being cared for, but to just know when to be there to help. I feel this perfectly sums up the description of my job - being someone else's hands, legs and sometimes voice when needed, but not talking over or taking control. Being a young adult's carer certainly has different criteria to being that of a child's, and Snap understands the importance of this. I couldn't be happier with the position I'm in.

 

Rachel Morriss-Eytle

 
 

Some of our favourite YouTube Clips

Tell Us About Your Favourite Clips!
Five awkward things to avoid doing when you meet a disabled person - End the Awkward 2016

Five awkward things to avoid doing when you meet a disabled person - End the Awkward 2016

Scope’s Awkward Experts tell us the five most awkward things to avoid doing when you meet a disabled person. We all worry about putting our foot our in mouths. But a whopping 40% of people are so worried about getting it wrong that they’re actually avoiding taking to disabled people altogether.
Typewriter Artist

Typewriter Artist

Paul Smith was an extraordinary man with a severe disability, creating incredible works of art using just a typewriter.

Join Snap for a Free Makaton Training Session!


We recently told you that former Snap nanny Libby Lumley, had qualified as a Makaton Regional Tutor.  We are thrilled to tell you that Libby will be in London on Monday 5th December and will be joining us at Snap for a Makaton Taster Session.

We have FIVE free places to give away and would love to have you join us!

The session will take place at approximately 2.30pm at the Snap office, 91 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HZ.

The session will be in two halves including Useful Words and a Christmas Special!

If you would like to attend, please contact us


What is Makaton?


Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language (both to help understanding and expression) and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.
 

Special Needs Equipment For Sale


In January we introduced you to a very special young lady called Heni and shared the link to her mum Jade's Blog Henibean.  Snap were very sad to hear that Heni passed away in October.

Jade now has the unenviable task of clearing the mountain of equipment left behind, some of which has never even been used.  We are sure that the equipment could be of great benefit to another family, so please check out her Blog entry where she has listed details of what is still available.

Please note that Snap cannot be held responsible for items acquired from a third party. 
 

Have something to share?

If you have a favourite video clip, app, website or book, why not send us the details so we can share with everyone through SNAP!News. We would also love to hear about new technology and equipment, activities and resources that you particularly like. 

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


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