Throughout the next few days we will be sharing some of the fantastic ways some of our supporters are raising the charity’s profile and funds…
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.
“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.”
SIBS4FUN in stats!
45 children led by a team of six support workers and six young volunteers, all guided by the SNAP team enjoyed a cumulative 1,080 hours of awesome entertainment.
- Throwing 250 sponges at the stocks
- Sewing 40 metres of bunting
- Making 4kgs of slime
- Using 1kg of glitter
- Dancing to a 4 piece Ceilidh band
- Sipping 60 mocktails
- Bouncing over two giant inflatables
- Solving three crimes
- And being served dinner from 1 Nando’s chicken mascot.
Founding members Hilary Needham and Paula Hills explain their drive to start a support group