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MK SNAP awarded Emergency Grant for Reaching Out Project

MK Snap recently received an Emergency Grant from Milton Keynes Community Foundation to enable them to adapt their services so that they could address the needs of those most vulnerable over the Covid-19 pandemic and continue to provide vital support in these unprecedented circumstances.

During the emergency phase of the grant programme, Milton Keynes Community Foundation has supported local community groups with over £500,000 as they work to deliver vital projects to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. MK SNAP were among the recipients, and put their emergency grant towards the expansion of their Reaching Out Project – which focuses on adapting their services and support to reach people with learning disabilities who also suffer with underlying health conditions that may prevent them from receiving the face-to-face support offered to them in the MK SNAP Centre.

MK SNAP provide a leading programme of education, life skills, work preparation and opportunities for work to adults with learning and physical disabilities and complex needs. Learners have their own personal development plan to meet their needs, aspirations, interests and talents.

To address the growing concern surrounding the impact of social isolation during the pandemic, MK SNAP used this funding to help them adapt their services to provide community based and remote support, which meant that staff had to work remotely to provide virtual classroom sessions and one to one support for those who needed it most. This project means they can offer a service that responds to the immediate needs of their beneficiaries in the current climate.

Angie Novell, CEO of MK SNAP, said, “We have had to adapt very quickly during the crisis to be able to make changes in the way we reach our community; this grant has helped us to fast-forward a ‘digital solution’ that bridges the gap which was created during lockdown.

 “I am proud of the partnership with MKCF and the team for identifying and putting into practice creative solutions to support people with Learning Disabilities during this time.

“Thanks to the kick-start this support provided we now have a ‘virtual teaching team’ running 10 accessible workshops over the week; reaching an increasing number of people each week and breaking down the barriers that isolation has bought to many.”

Milton Keynes Community Foundation has now launched their Recovery Phase of their appeal to provide sustainable funding to support voluntary, community and cultural sector (VCCS) organisations to recover from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic which has impacted a lot of local groups detrimentally. Any donation to their Recovery Appeal will go directly back into our community and to the local charities and groups who are working to help some of the most vulnerable people at this time.

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