The Addy in Knottingley did the double for the second year running and took home two more awards at our Love Where You Live Awards 2021. They took home the award for Working with Young People and their Wild Tots and Friends intergenerational work scooped the award for Working with Older People.
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. They also provide services for older residents such as the Wild Tot and Friends intergenerational sessions and sessions for children with additional needs. Every week during lockdowns whilst their usual activities were on hold, they distributed hundreds of play packs as well as over 100 meals, to children living on the Warwick Estate in Knottingley. This helped to keep them entertained and helped reduce financial strain on their parents during these difficult times. Due to COVID-19 restrictions The Addy had to close its doors in 2020 so couldn’t deliver their Wild Tots and Friends sessions. However, the team went over and above to continue to support the elderly community in Knottingley. The team created care packages for them, including socks, puzzle books, blankets, biscuits, painting by numbers, and other craft activities, and delivered these to their doorsteps. They also organised a weekly call rota and called their regular attendees to have a chat and check in with them to help reduce social isolation and loneliness, as many of them live alone or were isolating
Holly Corbett, Centre Manager at The Addy, said “We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised amongst other remarkable projects for the work that happens at the Addy on the Warwick Estate in Knottingley. Bringing people together, is the core of everything we do, across the community. We provide a space that enables people of all ages to feel safe, secure, supported, loved, and heard.”