Project information

MK Snap mini bus appeal

A new mini bus will increase the access and involvement of adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities in our local community. A new mini bus will enable us to expand our environmental, volunteer and work experience programmes.

A new mini bus for MK Snap will be a lasting legacy for adults with learning difficulties in Milton Keynes.

Charity information: Milton Keynes Special Needs Advancement Project

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  • Need


    MK Snap's current mini bus is 11 years old and was purchased second hand. It continually needs repairs and has faults. A breakdown with learners on board would be distressing. As a result our environmental, volunteering and work experience trips are restricted to very local short journeys.


    A new mini bus will enable MK Snap to increase its environmental programme with trips and to expand our work experience programme and volunteer projects in the local community. Taking learners into the community is the only way we can to find out if they are retaining the skills they have learnt at MK Snap and can transfer them to different environments, such as their learnt cooking skills to a commercial kitchen.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase the number of environmental trips from 30 per year to 50.


    » Record the number, variety and impact of environmental trips achieved each year.

    What success will look like

    The environmental trips will be planned by the tutors and included in the curriculum. The impact of these trip will be recorded in learners' Individual Learning Plans (ILPs).

    Aim 2

    Double the number of volunteer projects undertaken in the local community by MK Snap.


    » Record the number, variety and impact of volunteer projects completed each year by MK Snap learners.

    What success will look like

    Tutors will work with local community organisations and plan volunteers projects for MK Snap learners into our curriculm.

    Aim 3

    Increase the number of work experience projects undertaken by MK Snap learners.


    » Record the number of work experience opportunities undertaken and the number of MK Snap learners involved.

    What success will look like

    Our Supported Employment Team will match MK Snap learners and employers to increase the opportunities for work experience undertaken.

  • Impact


    Being able to increase the involvement of our learners in our local community will increase understanding and acceptance from of adults with learning difficulties and disabilities and break down the social exclusion, isolation and alienation many adults with learning difficulties face on a daily basis.


    There is a risk that we do not find volunteer community projects that need our support or employers that will consider work experience opportunities for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. We are working with private, public and third sector organisations to ensure that these opportunities are made available through increase awareness and understanding.


    Donors to this project will receive a email report at the end of each term detailing the activities completed and those planned. They will also be invited to visit MK Snap and meet the learners involved.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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  • Background


    MK Snap is a passionate, dynamic local charity making a lasting, positive difference to the lives of adults aged 16+ with learning difficulties and disabilities.
    MK Snap provides a leading programme of person-centered education, life-skills and work training that empowers each individual to increase their confidence, skills and ability to live independently, to enter the work place if appropriate, and to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives within a society that accepts and understands them.


    Milton Keynes has an estimated, 4,835 adults with learning disabilities, 701 with severe, profound or moderate learning disabilities, (Source: PANSI). MK Snaps’ learners include adults on the autistic spectrum, Asperger’s, brain injuries, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, mobility challenges, visual, hearing impairment, challenging behaviours and combinations of these.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    MK Snap has over 23 year experience of supporting adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. It is a leading provider of eductaion, life-skills, work experience and opportunities for work. We are constantly developing our services to meet the increasingly varied needs and abilities of our learners and the environment in which they live.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Maureen McColl

    Chief Executive, overall financial and managerial control and support of the project.

    Caroline French

    Operations Manager, ensuring Mk Snap learners' talents, abilities and interests are matched to the opportunities offered within our curriculum.

    Steven Carruthers

    Education and Quality Lead, ensuring that the activities planned are of high quality and meet clear goals and are covered by risk assessments.