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Volunteering

How to get involved in SNAAP through our voluntering opportunities

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We are always looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to join our busy and exciting activities.

Our schemes provide fun play, leisure and sport activities for disabled children and young people with a wide range of impairments. Your role as a volunteer will be to assist in the delivery of these. If you enjoy spending time in a busy and sociable environment then this could be the perfect way to spend your time.


What volunteer opportunities are available with SNAAP ?

SNAAP-EY's - term time
Our parent and toddler group is for children aged 0-5 and offers parents support whilst staff and volunteers help play with their little ones. A very rewarding group with the use of the lovely facilities at Windchimes.
Time: Weekly on a Wednesday 10-12
Venue: Windchimes, Reynolds Close, Herne Bay, CT6 6DS

Zone Out - term time
For young people aged 11-25 years to socialise and have fun. Volunteers needed to engage the young people in activities and help supervise areas at the sessions.
Time: Fortnightly on a Tuesday 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Whitstable Youth & Community Centre, Tower Parade. CT5 2BJ

Stay and Play - term time
A chance for the whole family to use the great facilities at Windchimes, make new friends, chill out in the sensory room, get rid of some energy in the soft play room, enjoy the outside area and get involved with craft. Volunteers are needed to help support the children and help supervise the various activities. This can be a very active group!
Time: Weekly on a Wednesday 3.30-6.30pm
Venue: Windchimes, Reynolds Close, Herne Bay, CT6 6DS

W.A.S.P.S (Windchimes After School Play Scheme
For children aged 8-13 years with less complex needs. The club has a structured environment which includes lego, sports, cooking, movies, wii, board games and craft. Volunteers are needed to assist children to engage in activities provided and help develop social skills.Time: Fortnightly on Friday 3-6pm
Venue: Windchimes, Reynolds Close, Herne Bay, CT6 6DS

School Holidays
During all school holidays we run a programme of activities including family days out, Buzz Playscheme and Chill Out Youth. All schemes require volunteers to engage with children and young people, assist with activities and help them develop social skills.

Fundraising opportunities
We run lots of events throughout the year to raise funds for SNAAP and volunteers are essential to ensuring we can do them all.
There are plenty of ways you can help us out, such as:
Helping to run stalls, Marshaling, Helping out with serving refreshments and Assisting with collections.


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Where are these opportunities based ?

A variety of venues in Canterbury, Whitstable, and Herne Bay.

How many hours are expected from volunteers?

We generally ask that you attend at least 50% of the sessions a month to keep consistency for the children attending and the staff running the sessions.

What benefits do volunteers get from SNAAP ?

  • Gain high-quality training, which will allow you to challenge perception of disability in your society.
  • A great character reference if we have gotten to know you well.
  • Build your CV with 50+ hours of volunteering and gain some great experience and get an employer reference from SNAAP??
  • If you are under 25 you could get the Vinspired V1000 award or use the hours towards you Duke of Edinburgh??

What age do you allow to Volunteer?

We cannot accept volunteers under the age of 16 as we are unable to provide the higher level of support, supervision and guidance which is required. There is no upper age limit.

What is the recruitment process ?

You must complete a registration form to apply. Once we have received your references you will be invited to attend a session you have shown interest in. If both parties are happy to continue, a DBS will be run and you will receive a SNAAP Volunteering T-shirt. You will not be left alone with children at any time during volunteering with us.

Do SNAAP pay expenses ?

Yes, a volunteer will not be expected to be out of pocket by attending SNAAP events. If you belong to a university, please register with their volunteer coordinator to receive full accreditation and claim back expenses. If you are unable to claim expenses in this way, please inform the SNAAP volunteer coordinator before you start volunteering, then please ask us for an expenses form and keep any tickets or receipts.

Is there a uniform for volunteers ?

We provide a Volunteer T-shirt and name badge which we ask you to always wear so you can be easily identified.

Volunteer Role Description

For a detailed description of what is expected of you please click here.

Interested? Then to apply using this link.

If you enjoy spending time in a busy and sociable environment ...


. . . . then this could be the perfect way to spend your time

Some of Our Services


Providing the help you need, when you need it the most

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COMMUNITY SHARE

Due to generous donations from Morrison’s and The Hygiene Bank, as well as food surplus from Aldi, we are able to offer cupboard basics like soup, rice, pasta, baked beans and sauces as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. We also have toiletries and sanitary protection. We all need a helping hand from time to time so if a food parcel would help you and your family, we are happy to help, just contact us on 01227 367555/07842 127825.

Family Support

FAMILY SUPPORT

Our support service is designed to help provide practical advice and the emotional support we all need from time to time. So, if there is something you are struggling with that is causing you concern, make an appointment to speak with our Family Support Worker, Sarah Selby-Bird. She is also available at our drop-in sessions at Whitstable Umbrella Café (held the first Thursday of every month 9.30-11.30, check our Facebook page for up-to-date info) and SNAAP-EY’s and Stay & Play.

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SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

During each school holiday we provide a range of activities for you to book onto. We use a booking system where you book and pay for activities online.

This link will also be emailed to all our families on our mailing list, as well as posted on our social media platforms.