Making Memories… Giving Hope

How's January treating you?!


Now we’re in the second working week of January, hands up who has already given up on their resolutions?! It’s easy to feel optimistic on New Year’s Eve, but we know making big changes can sometimes be more of a struggle by the time the first week back at work rolls around!

Instead of feeling guilty for not keeping your New Year’s Resolutions, or even if you didn’t make any but are starting to feel like you need a new challenge this year, why not try volunteering on a CHICKS break?! Pledge just one week of 2016 to us – we promise you’ll see the benefits!

Volunteering can teach you different skills; add extra sparkle to your CV; and introduce you to a new group of friends. Our volunteers are encouraged to get involved in all the fun – in one week you could be taking part in lots of activities, from rock climbing and body boarding, to walks on the moors and kite flying, or joining in games of UNO and Jenga! The role of volunteers on a CHICKS break is to make sure the children have the best break possible, and to provide the children with a trusted adult role model.

Kevin, who volunteered on two breaks during 2015, said: “I really enjoyed hanging out with the kids and getting to know them. I also like how structured everything is. The kids always have something to do and something to look forward to.”

You don’t need to have any experience of working with children; you just need loads of energy and enthusiasm! The only requirements are that all volunteers are over the age of 18, and must be willing to have a DBS check.

There is no upper age limit for CHICKS volunteers. Mary and Chris Gambrill, both in their 60s, volunteered on four breaks each in 2015. They said: “With the opportunities for us ‘oldies’ to do horse riding, climbing, body boarding and other activities, it allows the children to see that adults can be anxious and overcome their fears. The whole experience has even made us feel younger!”

“The whole ethos of CHICKS is to give children a chance to have fun and smile and it is a real privilege to be able to take part.”

So don’t delay – get your applications in and join us for an unforgettable CHICKS week in 2016. We’re currently taking applications for volunteers to join us between February and May. The rest of the year’s dates will be released in March so if you’d like to join us later in the year, remember to check back then!

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