A visit from the Happy Badger

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


  1. August 12, 2013 / 1:01 pm

    Awww lovely to see you get a visit from the Happy Badger, and what a worthwhile cause too. x

  2. August 12, 2013 / 1:15 pm

    Ahh the memories, was a mad 14 years for me (eeek!!) What wonderful friendships were formed and such a wonderful resource for so many families!! I am always sad that there doesn't appear to be anything of it's sort around here (I'm not sure there is anywhere?) Good ole SNAPPY, come on Happy Badger, work your magic pleeeeeease x x x

    • August 12, 2013 / 1:35 pm

      I think SNAPPY truly is one of a kind. I did do a playscheme in Manchester one summer for children with Autism but it wasn't the same 😉 x

  3. August 12, 2013 / 1:38 pm

    Awww what a great cause. Thanks happy badger!

  4. WillH
    August 12, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    I was also lucky enough to work for SNAPPY at the same time as the owner of this blog..and I can safely say it changed my life forever since I met my wife there! I worked with inspiring young people and children who made the most of life despite their difficulties, and even 14-15 years on still meet people who I had in my group of young people during either Easter or Summer playscheme, many of whom now are living independently or embracing life despite the challenges their condition poses. SNAPPY is an amazing organization that deserves more recognition for all the hard work they do in the York area supporting and working with families – a visit from the Happy Badger would help that no end!

    • August 12, 2013 / 3:41 pm

      Eeee Will you brought a tear to my eye there! So many people owe such a lot to SNAPPY 🙂 x

  5. Richard Kay
    August 12, 2013 / 3:22 pm

    I too met my wife there, although as I recall matchmaking wasn't the primary purpose of the charity. I gave it about 12 years from the age of 14 and the charity shaped the person I became (although I wouldn't say that they are solely to blame). I established long-term friendships; with fellow volunteers, staff and with some of the young people with whom we were working. I continued to work in different special needs settings in the area and I have seen the positive impact of Snappy from an external perspective and it's importance in the lives of so many residents of York.

    • August 12, 2013 / 3:42 pm

      Whilst matchmaking wasn't the primary purpose it was certainly a useful side effect, as well as forming strong friendships! Who'd have thought it when we met 17 years ago . . .

  6. August 12, 2013 / 3:40 pm

    I know how much you loved it when you worked at SNAPPY. I hope the Happy Badger visits and supports this well deserving cause.

    • August 12, 2013 / 3:43 pm

      Thanks Shaz 🙂 The Happy Badger has indeed promised to donate £50 to SNAPPY on my behalf. I'm thrilled.

  7. daveburgess
    August 12, 2013 / 5:06 pm

    I'm very pleased the Happy Badger (great name btw!) will be donating to SNAPPY. The blog writer is my wife and i can honestly say she still talks about SNAPPY to this day, and makes it sound like a really brilliant place for the kids and the staff. Here's hoping they continue with their good work. Well done love. Xxx

  8. August 12, 2013 / 7:09 pm

    What a fantastic charity, lovely to hear your personal experiences. So glad you can still help them out with a hand from the happy badger!

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