Our new Charity of the Year for 2017 is Brentwood-based SNAP (Special Educational Needs and Parents).
Every May the firm consults with our staff to decide on a charity to support for the financial year ahead. SNAP works tirelessly in the community to help 0-25 years olds with special needs and their parents in a variety of ways and provide a respite lifeline for many of these families.
They were, therefore, an easy choice for this year’s Charity of the Year.
WHAT IS SNAP?
SNAP helps Essex families with special needs and disabilities. The young people have a wide range of disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, sensory impairments, speech and language difficulties and learning disabilities.
SNAP was formed in 1994 by a small group of families who found a lack of support in the area for young children with disabilities. What started as a parent toddler group, with a head office in a front room, soon grew to accommodate older children and was quickly supporting so many families that an office was found in Warley and further information and advisory services were introduced. This now includes including a telephone helpline, a specialist library and family newsletters. In addition to the pre-school group, SNAP introduced music therapy and after-school activities such as yoga and trampoline clubs.
With the council’s support and various fundraising efforts, The SNAP Centre was officially opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex on 17th May 2007.
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO THE COMMUNITY?
SNAP works in partnership with Health, Education and Social Care. They act as a focal point of contact that can provide joined-up advice and information for families.
Throughout the year more than 500 children and young people regularly use The SNAP Centre to take part in therapies, play sessions and clubs and over 600 parents and carers receive hands-on help at the centre. In total over 1,800 families across Essex benefit from the information and advice services, delivered by the team of friendly staff and 100 dedicated volunteers.
This year they must raise in the region of £250,000 from donations and fundraising to cover their costs. SNAP (Special Needs and Parents) is a registered charity (No.1077787).
HOW WE AIM TO HELP
The staff at Pinney Talfourd will be raising money throughout the year with dress down days, quizzes and other events.
We are hoping to secure a place at the London Marathon and will be participating in a number of charity runs throughout the year. You will be able to donate to these events on our Virgin Giving page as they are organised.
Every year the firm works with Queens Theatre Hornchurch to host a charity fundraiser, Christmas at the Queens. Half the proceeds of our December 2017 event will be going to SNAP so please come along and help support this fantastic event.
We will be revealing our plans on our events page as and when they happen.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Please also remember that for each client questionnaire returned the firm has committed to donating £1 to SNAP so please take a moment to return the feedback form.
Alternatively, if you would like to get involved in any of our fundraising campaigns or have any great ideas please get in touch.