The Addy in Knottingley won two awards at our Love Where You Live Awards 2020. They took home the award for Working with Young People and their Wild Tots and Friends intergenerational sessions scooped the award for Working with Older People.
Over the last 50 years, The Addy in Knottingley has developed into so much more than just a playground. The team of staff and volunteers provide daily play sessions for hundreds of children of all ages, but also services for older residents such as their Wild Tots and Friends intergenerational sessions. The group welcomes older people, parents and children to come together to play, eat lunch and do different activities each week. They promote play opportunities and encourage the older members of the group to join in playing with the children. This has helped to increase the confidence of the older people as well as reducing social isolation and mental health problems. During lockdown the team at The Addy delivered hundreds of play packs to children on the Warwick Estate, helping to keep them entertained and off the streets.
Holly, Centre Manager at The Addy, said: “We are so happy to have won two awards! The Addy staff team were cheering from the roof tops when we found out! The Addy has existed for nearly 50 years providing a great service to the local community, working with all age groups, we thank everyone who has supported us and voted for us, as we know how valuable the Addy is to people. Many people call it their ‘hidden gem’ and ‘second home’ and it is!
As a result of the pandemic and pauses in funding there is a chance we may have to close next year. We are dedicated and passionate and will use our prize money to go towards bridging the gap to help our Go Fund Me pot. It has come at a crucial time and we are trying our best to save our Addy!”
Click here to find out more about the Save Our Addy campaign.