Supporting Essex Families
SNAP supports Essex families who have children aged 0-25, with any special need or disability. By providing yoga and music sessions, they aim to relieve stress and anxiety, as well as reduce the negative impact of Covid-19.
SNAP aims to inform, encourage and support parents so that they can grow in strength and knowledge and become better equipped to give the best possible help to their children. The overriding principle is to help and empower the whole family.
Under normal circumstances, SNAP held a weekly timetable of activities for the children and their families. However, during lockdown all sessions needed to take place virtually and the SNAP team were tasked with finding new ways to reach out and keep in touch with families. With support from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities funding, Active Essex worked with SNAP to ensure that the Yoga and Musical and Movement sessions could still take place. It was important to engage and support the families during this tricky time, as there were not many opportunities for them to stay active during lockdown.
The remote sessions were extremely popular, and they enabled the children to continue to enhance their physical skills and maintain their health and wellbeing at home. The yoga sessions enabled participants to learn how to identify feelings of stress and anxiety, and techniques on how to cope with them. The classes also improved morale, as it gave the children a chance to be active and interact with their friends.
In order to reach more families during lockdown, SNAP piloted a music session via Facebook Live. During this session, families could request specific songs and children were encouraged to get up, sing and dance along. This activity proved to be so popular that they have continued to run these music sessions every Friday morning via Facebook Live.