CHICKS is a national children’s charity, providing free, week-long respite breaks for disadvantaged children from all over the UK. Established in 1992, CHICKS has provided a much needed break to nearly 15,000 children aged 8-15.
The children come from a variety of backgrounds. Many are living in poverty or are young carers for parents or siblings, whilst others are victims of bullying, abuse or have been bereaved. The one thing they all have in common is that they desperately need a break away from home. When they come to stay at one of CHICKS’ three retreats in Devon, Cornwall or Derbyshire, they have the chance to enjoy their childhood in a safe and supported environment.
On their break, children get to enjoy new experiences and challenge themselves, trying out new activities such as horse-riding or rock climbing, as well as simply enjoying time in the beautiful natural environments around us. Often the most popular activities are the simplest, such as toasting marshmallows around the campfire or enjoying a bedtime story.
For the children supported by CHICKS, their break imparts new confidence, nurtures self-esteem, makes happy childhood memories and sparks new enthusiasm for life. But it doesn’t end at the break. Each child receives a Memory Bag to take home, containing precious mementos from the week as well as a freepost envelope so children can keep in contact. CHICKS also sends every child a birthday card and a few small individually wrapped Christmas presents, to ensure they feel valued.
Take a look at memories from previous Chicks breaks!