Milton Keynes has already marked its 50th birthday this year, and now one of its leading charities is toasting its 25th year of supporting adults with disabilities in the city.
MK Snap (Special Needs Advancement Project), based in Walnut Tree, provides life changing opportunities for its learners.
Delivering a leading programme of education, life skills, and work training to adults with learning difficulties, it provides learners with the skills they need to be the best they can be.
Maureen McColl, Chief Executive of MK Snap, said: “At MK Snap our philosophy is simple, we provide skills and opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to engage with the communities they live in and to reach their full potential.
“As we enter our 25th year we look back fondly on our journey from an industrial unit in Kiln Farm to our purpose built facility here in Walnut Tree, which has been our home since 2008.
“In 1992 we began with just 15 learners after parents struggled to find alternative provision.
“Today 125 learners use our service each week, taking part in 25 different and varied subjects. There really is something for everyone at MK Snap.”
Its learners all come from Milton Keynes and the surrounding local authorities and include adults recovering from stroke or head injury, those with visual or mobility impairment, and people with learning disabilities, such as those on the autistic spectrum.
With a focus on work training from its early days, MK Snap sourced ‘real’ work from local companies such as Mechline Ltd who provided gas pipes to be cleaned, labelled and packed.
To this day, work training remains part of the charity’s daily activity alongside its extensive education programme, which now includes subjects such as IT, photography, art, sport, gardening, performing arts & craft production.
The recent expansion of the catering hub gives MK Snap the facility to host a weekly community café every Thursday from 10am to 12.30pm.
The learners are involved in every stage of the process from baking the cakes to serving the customers, providing them with the opportunity to develop new skills in a kitchen environment.
The charity also makes and sells handmade craft products through its enterprise programme, and its horticulture group grow plants and produce for sale to the public.
To celebrate MK Snap’s landmark birthday, the charity is inviting the local public to support its special calendar of events, which includes an evening of wine tasting, a quiz night, a heritage walk and an exhibition showcasing its history.
Find out more about MK Snap’s anniversary events by visiting http://www.mksnap.org or by joining them on social media. Twitter: /mksnap Facebook: /mksnap Instagram: /mksnapcharity