Send a message of hope and postivity
Ordinarily, CHICKS’ retreats would be filled with children and young people from far and wide,…Read more
Andy used to be a Respite Break Leader at CHICKS, and left in summer 2015. Since then, he’s returned to volunteer on four respite breaks – and will be joining us again for Christmas! Andy worked every Christmas break during the time he was a leader at CHICKS, and really missed it last year: “It's an amazing experience to get to celebrate Christmas alongside the children.”
Andy understands the huge impact the Christmas breaks have: “For many families in need, the pressure of Christmas can cause the home situation to deteriorate, resulting in children being placed under increased pressure at a time when they see others getting excited for Christmas.
“A CHICKS break allows these children to step away from what may be a very emotionally fraught experience at home and just enjoy the sort of Christmas that they deserve. For some children this will mean being able to return to school in January with happy memories they can show off to their friends about instead of feeling like they've been left out of Christmas.
"Where children face poverty or parental illness, spending Christmas at CHICKS impacts on the whole family - reducing pressure at home and helping to deal with any guilt parents/carers might feel around struggling to provide the Christmas they might wish to at home.”