Snap wish you a very healthy, happy and peaceful 2018!



Supporting Disabled Children in India;Videshwaran, 12 years old and has Cerebral
A Snap client (Jack's mum!) sends out an appeal. 

The following is an email from a family Snap has known for many years. There are so many fabulous causes to support. This one touched us deeply, it's so personal and of course great to know that we can be sure 100% of funds raised will go directly to helping children such as Videshwaran. Snap will be doing what we can to support this fabulous project and we'll keep you updated. 

" I am sending you the link for my total giving page in the hope you might spare a donation for my new mission in India.  I'm starting a very pressing project to help provide mobility equipment, training and disability awareness  in the rural villages that surround my Ashram and  the Charity School I have helped with over the last
seven years in Southern India. We are educating & feeding 90 nursery and primary aged children from the poorest families surrounding our Ashram.

 It is now time for me to embark on an outreach program to some of the more physically disabled children who are hidden from the community due to their disabilities, The stigma attached to their needs is huge and I need to reach out to them and their families In order to literally get them up off the floor and out of their homes Into the community. I would like to eventually work towards them being included in some capacity at our charity school. This project is a massive undertaking but one I’m reasonably well versed in after 20 years of parenting my amazing son Jack. 

I feel very confident that with my connection on the ground in India, Dr. Radhika Agraval to help locate the children and translate for me, we will start to make an impact creating initial assessments of the needs and then provide the appropriate equipment and training needed to ensure these children get better care, postural positioning, more comfort, better nutrition and some appropriate therapeutic input with a view to more inclusion into their communities.  

It’s been a struggle for me to manage my son Jack’s needs in the UK with a care budget and entitlement to many services. I can assure you the children I am targeting out in India have nothing at their disposal,  nor do their parents have any support from services as none exist in the area I am covering. The children struggle daily and their families are discriminated against for having a disability in the family. 

It is really desperate and I would like to start creating a better quality of life for them as soon as possible. Whatever you can spare will be very gratefully appreciated. Thank you for supporting me and thank you for helping to change lives. 
I will be in touch with my progress and news of the children as the project moves forward. 
The picture above is of Videshwaran, he is 12 years old and has Cerebral Palsy. He has also been abandoned by his parents.  I will be visiting him in February, assessing his needs and getting to know him. I’m bringing out a wheelchair for him together with some other bits and pieces of equipment for his comfort and hygiene. I will be spending time with his elderly grandparents who struggle to care for him and hope to offer them some practical help and solutions to help them manage and improve his general quality of life.  
Wishing you all much love and light this festive season. May you be happy and enjoy good health.  Blessings, Karita"

#LooAdvent #ChangingPlaces
Changing Places Twitter Campaign 

Throughout December, Sarah Brisdion has been posting a festive 'Loo Selfie on Twitter to highlight the urgent need for Changing Places facilities to provide appropriate toilet facilities with hoists and benches for children and adults with disabilities or additional needs.

Snap were very pleased to help highlight this important campaign which not only raises awareness for the need of accessible toilets, but also that of creating a fully inclusive Britain. 

The campaign really caught the imagination and was picked up by several national papers and the lovely guys on The Last Leg, who did a Loo Selfie! On the 29th December, Sarah was on the Jeremy Vine show on radio 2

Here's a couple of pictures, to see them all and access the petition, please click here. To see 2017 Year in Review, Changing Places, click here.

Sarah is mum to two children including a son who has a physical disability. Her commitment and creativity to make this such a successful campaign has been absolutely remarkable - very well done Sarah!


Changing Places Logo 

>> See all the 'Loo Selfies' here...

Congratulations Sam - Working in Milan!


We are delighted to announce that Sam, who was successfully placed by Snap in the month of December, has won our monthly prize draw of a £50.00 gift voucher for M&S /Amazon. Sam is now working with one of our lovely Snap families in Milan!

If you are placed by Snap and would like to have the chance of winning a £50.00 gift voucher for either M&S or Amazon, simply send an email when you have started the job with your new employer's name - then your name will go into the hat that month!

The lucky winner will be drawn on the last Friday of each month.

Hand Therapy


In December’s clinical focus article we look at hand therapy, what is it, how can it help and when is it appropriate to refer?

Our hands are not only fundamental in all areas of our practical daily life but they are also one of our methods for self expression and an aid to communication. A reduction in hand function can happen for a variety of reasons. There is the obvious hand trauma such as a burn, crush injury or cuts for example but there are also the more complex neurological conditions and events such as a stroke, brain injury or progressive conditions that can lead to a gradual or sudden reduction. 

>> Read More

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Calculating Holiday Entitlement

To calculate your employee’s statutory holiday allowance, multiply the number of working days per week by 5.6. This will give you the minimum paid holiday allowed by law, including bank holidays.
FOR EXAMPLE, an employee who works five days a week gets a minimum of 28 days a year.
5 x 5.6 = 28
Bank Holidays
As the 28 days’ annual leave includes bank holidays, if an employee takes the day off on a bank holiday it is deducted from their annual leave allowance. If a part time employee does not normally work on a day on which a bank holiday falls, then the bank holiday does not affect their allowance.
Part Time and Variable Hours
The same calculation applies to part time employees who work the same number of hours each day they come to work. Multiply the number of working days by 5.6.
Fractions of days must be honoured. You may round them up if you wish, but not down. If an employee does not work the same number of hours each day, you must calculate their leave in terms of hours rather than days.
FOR EXAMPLE, an employee who works ten hours a day on Monday and Tuesday and five hours on Wednesday works 25 hours a week. Therefore the employee is due 140 hours’ holiday a year, including bank holidays.
25 x 5.6 = 140
If your employee works variable hours (i.e. different hours from week to week), then the number of hours they have worked must be added up to calculate holiday entitlement. Holiday should only be taken as it accrues.
For further information, please see


Travel Show Special
World Disability Day Special

Only available until 4th January! 

Ade Adepitan travels to Washington for a special programme to mark the International Day of People with a Disability. He puts his stamina to the test as he takes on athletes competing in the Working Wounded Games in Maryland.

Also features Sue Austin who's inventing the world's first flying wheelchair and Tony Jones, a totally blind and hearing impaired traveller who wants to independently visit every country in the world - so far he's visited more than 120 countries!  

Snap Out & About: #TeamSnapGivesBack

This year, the team at Snap decided to give back during the festive period and flip the idea of the traditional advent calendar on its head!  So, instead of our daily intake of chocolate, we actively looked for opportunities to do things that would enhance the lives of children, teenagers and adults with disabilities each day from 1st to the 24th December.
These are just a few of the great activities we were lucky enough to be involved in this year:
On 6th December Ruth and Jackie visited the fabulous Camp Mohawk to decorate trees, set up Santa’s Grotto and generally help staff turn it into a wonderful Winter Wonderland ahead of 2 full weekend events.
Camp Mohawk is a multi-functional day centre for children with special needs, set in 5 acres of beautiful countryside, just outside Wargrave, Berkshire. Throughout the year the centre provides a range of activities, facilities and natural space to encourage children with a variety of special needs to play, socialise and learn in a secure and caring environment. 

On 15th December we all took part in Christmas Jumper Day! organised and in aid of Save the Children.  Rachael and Emmeline even visited all the offices in our building collecting donations via some great Christmas games for this worthwhile cause!  

Later that day, Emmeline, Rachael, Ruth and Jackie travelled to Ikea in Westfield’s Stratford to join the KIDS charity for some Christmas gift wrapping!

We were thrilled to be a part of this annual fundraising event and get to know more about the work of this great charity.This year the money raised will go towards KIDS Hackney Playground, which is at risk of closure unless vital funds can be raised.  It's the only specialist  playground for disabled children in the area and currently supports over 100 families. 

KIDS support over 13,500 disabled children, young people and their families every year by delivering over 120 services throughout England. KIDS is unique; there is no other organisation dedicated to providing such an extensive range of services to disabled children and young people, aged 0-25 years, irrespective of their impairment or condition.

Watch this space for charities Snap will be supporting this year!


New Features Coming to the Snap Website!

2018 will see some new features to the Snap website which we hope will be more interactive and interesting!

These will include:

A Blog
New CV Templates 
Video Job Descriptions

If you'd like to see something in particular on the Snap Website, let us know! 

Deputyships and Giving GiftsHyphen Law

Deputies can have a wide variety of powers such as: buying, selling and adapting property; employing staff; household budgeting; paying bills and reviewing state benefits, to name a few. However, what many people don’t know is that sometimes a deputyship order may include the authority to make gifts on P’s behalf.

These powers are often quite limited. But some orders do allow deputies to make gifts from time to time to relatives or important people connected with P as well as donate to charities which P might have wanted to support.

Each deputyship order is individual and deputies must check the powers contained within their order before they make any decisions or take any action as a deputy.

The following points need to be considered in relations to giving gifts on behalf of P:
  • The size of any gift must be reasonable taking into account all the circumstances and in particular the size of P's estate
  • Any decision must be made on a case by case basis and no generalised approach can be taken
  • The deputy must ensure that making the gift is in P's best interest. The principles of the Mental Capacity Act are also very important and should be considered
What is ‘reasonable’?

The question that often presents practical difficulties is assessing what is ‘reasonable’. There is little guidance from the Court of Protection which leaves deputies to make that decision themselves.
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has published a practice note to help give guidance on what should be taken into consideration and what questions should be asked.

It states that it is important to consider things such as P’s income and expenditure, the impact it will have on capital reserves, what gifts P made prior to losing capacity and what would be the usual practice on such occasions. It is also important to make sure that gifts do not exceed the annual gifting allowances set down by the HMRC.

Making excessive gifts may result in the deputy being investigated and if necessary, action taken against the deputy.  It is therefore very important that if a deputy is wants to make a gift which exceeds the powers contained within their order, they need to make an application to the Court of Protection.

Kelly Knight Hyphen Law

To find out more visit or call Kelly or another member of the legal team for a no obligation discussion on (01983) 213529 or email

Our Favourite Seasonal YouTube Clip! 

Snap's Janet and Jade wish everyone a Makaton
Happy Christmas!
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