SNAP Cymru

Origins

SNAP Cymru dates back to the Warnock Report (1978) which stated that, "the successful education of children with special needs is dependent upon the full involvement of their parents and, unless parents are seen as equal partners in the educational process, the purpose of the report will be frustrated." A parent led group supported by three major charities in Wales (1987) applied for funding to set up a project that would serve the needs of those parents requiring assistance. The bid was successful and the project evolved to become, in 1994, SNAP Cymru, a wholly Welsh initiative, the largest and most experienced parent partnership organisation of its kind in the UK.

Success Factor

Legislation giving recognition that families and young people have the right to access independent information, advice and support, as well as the recognition from families and professionals that Parent Partnership services are of value to children, families and authorities. A dynamic team of staff and volunteers throughout Wales with access to quality training delivered internally and through both statutory and voluntary partners. Also, SNAP Cymru’s drive to achieve quality services and the introduction of quality management tools such as Investors in People.

The Future

SNAP Cymru aims to gain corporate business sponsorship and increase its capacity through individual and Company Giving Schemes to secure sustainability without being too reliant on statutory funding via service level agreements. It also wants to maintain the status of ‘leading Parent Partnership in Wales’ and to extend its services across the continuum of conciliation to include Disagreement Resolution.