Michelle was joined by Alli and Caitlin both Family Support Advisers at SNAP – (Special Needs and Parents). SNAP are a Brentwood based charity that support families who have a child or young person with any special need of disability.
If you have a child between 0 – 25 years who has any additional need or disability and you live under Essex County Council, Thurrock or Southend local authorities then we are here for you and your family.
No formal diagnosis or professional referral is necessary to access SNAP services.
Alli and Caitlin were keen to let everyone know about SIBS4FUN which is running from 22nd Aug – 25th Aug.
The SIBS4FUN programme is an annual fun-packed week which aims to give those siblings, who might miss out on opportunities because of their family circumstances, a week to remember.
“Siblings of children with a special need or disability aren’t always guaranteed the same opportunities as other children of their age and part of our mission at SNAP is to ensure they are cared for too,” says Karen Boath, Manager (Families).
“We include siblings in our regular activities but SIBS4FUN is a special week which gives them the chance to meet people of their own age in similar situations and enjoy new experiences.
“It’s a complete joy for the team at SNAP to watch their months of planning pay dividends as they see the children grow in confidence throughout the dedicated week. It’s also great to offer guidance and support to the team of young people who themselves have attended SIBS4FUN in previous years, and have returned for the coveted positions of team leaders and helpers.”
“SIBS4FUN was one of the first play schemes to be created by SNAP more than 23 years ago and each year it exceeds all our expectations. The children excitedly tell us how wonderful it is to make new friends, and getting to do new things they haven’t done before,” adds Karen.