Supporting children and young adults in Inverness who have additional support needs

Help us help them

SNAP exists to improve the lives of young people with additional needs by providing social experiences, building self-esteem, and encouraging independence. We provide opportunities for making friends and socialising supported by our caring and experienced staff and volunteer team

About Us

  • Founded in 1996 initially as a parent support group, SNAP has grown over the years with the needs of our children, young people and families. 
  • SNAP has Scottish Charitable status and is governed by a board of trustees comprising of a team of professionals and parents who all give their time voluntarily.
  • SNAP employ over 20 staff and have a dedicated team of over 15 volunteers.
  • SNAP currently supports in the region of 80 children and young people.
  • We run a number of clubs and activities for young people aged 5–19 and additional services for those aged 19 and above who need the continuation of the friendships and activities at SNAP. 
  • Our activities provide a place and time for fun, trying out new and popular activities, as well as simple socialisation opportunities whilst giving parents, carers and siblings a break.

Meet the Team




Services Manager


Team Leader

Emily D and Katie K

Team Leaders


Fundraising Engagement Officer


Finance Administrator


Team Worker

Team Worker


Team Worker

Some more of our wonderful staff team


Senior Team Worker


Team Leader

What we do

What we do:-

  • We run clubs and activities for children and young people aged 5 and above
  • All attendees have a learning disability and other severe and complex support needs
  • Additional activities are also run for young adults and older adults (our current oldest member is over 35)
  • Our clubs provide time for fun and friendships, opportunities to try out new things and a break for parents/carers and siblings
Our current activities include:-
  • After School Clubs
  • Holiday Leisure Schemes
  • Saturday “Out & Abouts”
  • Weekend Breaks
  • Weekly Youth Clubs
  • Weekly Teen Clubs

Our upcoming activities include:-




SNAP’s Objectives:-
  • To enhance our young person’s social experiences and encourage the development of social skills and independence
  • To continue our young person’s education through planned play and leisure activities
  • To offer an experience of fun in a creative, supportive environment
  • To provide opportunities for parents/carers to have time off

Support Us

Why we need YOUR help
  • We currently have a waiting list of over 100. Sadly, the waiting list is so long some children may never get the chance to take part in SNAP. We are determined to offer the SNAP experience to more of our community but we need your help to do so.We want to do more but are limited by time and resources. 
  • SNAP must raise over £500,000 a year to run our services
  • Please help us provide the best care to as many children and young people as possible.
How YOU can help
  • There are many ways in which you can help us
  • Consider volunteering with us and support our Team workers at our activities
  • Do you have I.T., social media, marketing or fundraising experience or skills ?
  • Would you like to raise funds for us through sponsorship or an event?
What WE need
  • £80 could pay for a child to attend one after school club session
  • £8,000 could pay for one member of staff to support a child at after school club for one year 
  • £15,000 could pay for a member of staff to support a school aged child at each of our childrens services

Our Supporters

SNAP receives a grant from Highland Council which partly funds our After School Clubs and Holiday Leisure Schemes. The difference is made up with income from fees charged for our services, donations from individuals and local businesses/organisations as well as funding from Grant Giving Trusts. Our bus which is used daily to transport our service users, was kindly donated by Highland Cross in 2020. In the last year the following individuals, organisations and Grant Giving Trusts have supported SNAP. Without this support, SNAP would not manage to run services at its current level:

  • The Highland Council – Early Years Funding                                      
  • Youth Highland Summer of Fun Fund             
  • Shared Care Scotland-Better Breaks Fund       
  • Shared Care Scotland-Creative Breaks Fund                                      
  • Wood Group / YPI Charleston Academy
  • Transport Scotland                                                       


  • Children in Need                      
  • The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust                                       
  • The Highland Council Ward Discretionary Fund (multi ward support)           
  • Tesco / Groundworks                
  • Highland Third Sector Interface – Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund
  • MFR Cash for Kids                            
  • Youth Scotland Inspire 2022           
  • Maple Trust                                          
  • Four Acre Trust                 
  • Co-op local community fund
  • The Hugh Fraser Foundation 
  • Arnold Clark Community Fund
  • Donald MacKenzie Ltd
  • Rotary Club of Inverness,
  • DFS Inverness
  • The family of the late Mrs Isabel MacKay
  • Colin Mackenzie-Blackman
  • Loch Ness Lovies
  • Mr Bubbles Valet and Car Wash
  • Owen Hope
  • Ben Ferguson
  • The family of the late Mrs Rhona Fraser
  • Marina & Anna Patience 
  • Inverness Queensgate Post Office
  • Crown Vets
  • Terracycle UK
  • The Kingsmills Hotel
  • Dean Stewart and family
  • Susan Wilson
  • Ledingham Chalmers
  • Dan Moore Elite Training
  • Café V8
  • The Kiltwalk and the Hunter Foundation
  • Mairi Douglas-Jones,
  • The family of the late Frank Davidson
  • Black Isle & Ross Wildfowlers
  • Williamsons Food Service
  • Siouxi Cooke
  • Neil McPherson/Acme Creative,
  • Rory Hope & Family
  • The family of the late Mr Ronald Mackay
  • Elsie and Andrew Normington
  • Charleston Academy YPI
  • Westhill Over 50s Club
  • Lakeland Inverness
  • And to families who donated in lieu of birthday gifts or parties – thank you.

Our latest news

We are absolutely delighted that this week, 7 SNAP staff completed their level 4 in Makaton. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 A huge thank you to @highlandmakatontutor for making it such an enjoyable experience. […]

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Please get in touch with us if you have any queries and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Call us at Drummond or the haven
01463 233426 or 01463 211323
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Drummond School, Drummond Road, Inverness IV2 4NZ
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The Haven Centre, 45 Murray Rd, Smithton, Inverness IV2 7WZ

Registered Company No: SC 182710 Scottish Charity No: SCO24792     



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