After reading about Kate’s visit from the Happy Badger I was inspired to put in my own request for a visit from this very special creature!
Basically the Happy Badger is visiting Bloggers and helping them to raise money and awareness for deserving charities. The instant I read this I knew exactly where I would want the £50 donation to go. I contacted the Happy Badger with details of my chosen charity and I’m thrilled that he agreed it was indeed a very worthy cause and would love to donate £50 on my behalf.
Many moons ago (almost more years now than I care to admit), in the summer I finished my GCSEs most of my friends were enjoying a lazy post-exam summer, probably more bored than anything else but glad not to be at school for a while. I on the other hand had signed up to volunteer for a two week playscheme with local York charity SNAPPY. SNAPPY stands for Special Needs Activity and Play Provision for York – and does exactly what it says on the tin. I had the most incredible two weeks making new friends, learning new skills, and really feeling that I was doing something worthwhile. At the end of the two weeks Anne sat me down and told me what a great job I had done and that she’d really like me to carry on volunteering for a further two weeks to the end of the “activities scheme” – which at the time worked with older children, some of whom were the same age as me. I was nervous but agreed. I needn’t have been. I loved it. By the following Easter I was working as paid staff which meant I was responsible for small groups of children and volunteers. The experiences and learning this provided me were immense and a huge contributory factor for me eventually getting on to a BEd course at Manchester Metropolitan University and fulfilling my life long ambition of becoming a teacher.
Little did I know that I would continue being actively involved in working for SNAPPY for almost ten years on Saturdays and during school holidays, making lifelong friendships. I look back on my years at SNAPPY with extremely fond memories and the charity remains close to my heart. I no longer live locally and with teaching commitments and a family of my own I am not able to take an active part in this important charity, but this visit from the Happy Badger allows me to show I still think of them and appreciate the opportunities and responsibilities they gave me as a young adult and am proud that they are able to continue their incredible work supporting the families, children and young people with special needs in York.
If you would like to read more about the work SNAPPY does or even get involved yourself please visit their wesbite: SNAPPY