Snap News: News from December 2016!

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Pyjama Fairies
We're delighted to give this month's sponsored newsletter space to Pyjama Fairies who do such an amazing job helping sick children in hospitals! Read more about their great work below.

We hope you all enjoyed the festive period and wish our readers a very happy, healthy 2017!

The Snap team


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... Helping poorly children sparkle

Pyjama Fairies
Pyjama Fairies was founded in May 2015 to bring comfort and support to young patients and their families in hospitals in the UK.  It is run entirely by volunteers and relies solely on donations. We have a simple goal: to create and distribute beautiful pyjamas and surgical gowns to give to children at a time of fear and emotional distress.

Our pyjamas are specially designed with front opening to make dressing easier and to allow ease of access for medical professionals. Our surgical gowns are made in beautiful, bright, fun fabrics and help alleviate some of the fear that children have in a medicalised environment.

All our gowns and pyjamas are made by a team of volunteers, throughout the UK, who fund most of the garments themselves.

March 2016 was a particularly busy month, not only were we awarded a community grant from The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund, but when we were featured as part of a BBC Breakfast item on Harry Maceachen; a transplant patient; we had an influx of orders. Thankfully the feature also brought with it hundreds more keen volunteers. Due to the overwhelming interest in Pyjama Fairies a follow up feature was aired on BBC Breakfast on Easter Monday and became the 'most watched' item on their website.
Pyjama Fairies
More information:
As seen on BBC Breakfast!
Order a gown or pair of pyjamas
Become a Fairy
Get Involved!
Well done Pyjama fairies, you're doing a great job!

How to communicate with brain injury survivors

Snap likes this blogTwo years ago Michelle Munt had a car accident caused by a freak incident involving a buzzard and she sustained a brain injury. 

Michelle's blog provides information not only for other survivors who have an ABI, but also their families, friends and people supporting them.

Michelle's personal experience helps raise awareness about brain injury and provides valuable insight & information for anyone with an interest in ABI and its' effects. We found this blog about how to communicate with brain injury survivors particularly interesting and helpful. 

Click below for links to the blog and Michelle's website:

Michelle's blog

Scope: Top five representative toys for ChristmasToy Like Me Giant Road Jigsaw

Scope had an interesting article this month highlighting the importance for toys that positively reflect / represent a child's disability and looked at five top representative toys for Christmas.

Research being undertaken by Dr Sian Jones at Goldsmith University Psychology department is finding that children are more open minded to forming friendships with disabled peers after playing with toys which represent disability.  And for disabled children themselves, having a toy which positively reflects their impairment can help boost self-esteem.

Changing Places - What a Year! 

The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf of the over 1/4 of a million people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people.

To use the toilet in safety and comfort, many people need to be able to access a Changing Places facility, which have more space and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist.
Changing Rooms Celebrates 10 years
At the beginning of 2016, Changing Places registered the 800th Changing Places toilet and the 900th in December! 

Sally from Snap was lucky enough to join in with their 10 year celebrations in July - here she is with the marvellous Lloyd Page from Mencap. 

A fabulous year Changing Places, best wishes for similar success in 2017!

 Read Changing Rooms Year in Review


The Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve

The UK's leading inventors create ingenious new solutions to everyday problems and build life-changing solutions.

Episodes include designing a camera for a photographer with EB who can no longer use his hands, building a BMX bike for a boy born without hands or feet and creating a video game to assist 2 brothers with cystic fibrosis. 

Excellent outcomes for the people involved and paving the way forward to develop new technology and ideas to help a wider audience. 

The Big Life Fix on BBC2

#Snap Hot Twitter Topics This Month!

Not just in the month of December, but for several months, we have loved the #JustAboutCoping tweets. Actor Sally Phillips was very active promoting this fabulous string of Tweets. 


See also Sally Phillips marvellous documentary now on BBC Youtube:
BBC Documentary 2016 - A World Without Down's Syndrome  

YouTube Clips
Here's a couple of our favourite videos from December!

All I Want For Christmas Is a Loo
Hundreds of thousands of people need a Bench and Hoist to access the toilet.
Watch the stunning singing performance of a normally shy girl with autism and ADHD
The voice of a 10-year-old girl with autism from Co Down is being heard around the world after her version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah took the internet by storm
Tell Us About Your Favourite Clips!

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