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We are hugely grateful to Plymouth-based IT and unified comms company, Acronyms, for funding training sessions for volunteers helping on breaks at our Cornish retreat in Tywardreath this year.
The sessions take place on the first morning of each of CHICKS five-day-long Cornish breaks, totalling 26 this year. Richard Whitehouse, Head of Respite Breaks at CHICKS, explains: “These volunteer training sessions are a brilliant opportunity to get the whole team together and set the scene. We talk about what we expect the week to be like, what atmosphere we’ll be trying to create - depending on the dynamics of the group of children our volunteers will be working with - and how to maintain their own, and the children’s, emotional and physical safety.
“We are hugely grateful to Acronyms for supplying the space and refreshments we need to hold these vitally important sessions completely free of charge.”
During 2018 more than 150 volunteers will travel from all over the country to support the children attending CHICKS’ Cornish breaks.
Dave Smith, Managing Director at Acronyms, said: “I’m extremely proud that Acronyms can continue to support CHICKS by making training facilities available for respite break volunteers. The truth is though, very little would be possible without the help of these volunteers so the real appreciation must go to them.
“We’ll continue to offer whatever support we can, to ensure the wonderful work by CHICKS can continue long into the future.”
To find out more about joining the CHICKS team and volunteering on a break in Cornwall or Derbyshire, click here.