CHICKS is a national children's charity providing free respite breaks to disadvantaged children from all over the UK. We believe every child has the right to make positive childhood memories. A CHICKS break inspires new confidence and gives children the chance to have fun, enjoy new experiences and relax. More than anything, it gives them the chance to just be children.
CHICKS began in 1992 and since then we have provided over 15,600 children with a much needed break. In 2015, we celebrated our 25th anniversary. This year we need to raise £1.5 million to continue providing our vital breaks. Find out how you can get involved here!
The children that benefit from these holidays are aged 8-15 years old and come from troubled backgrounds. Our trips give these kids a chance to just be kids and provide escapism from any problems or issues that may trouble them. They learn life-long skills and get to experience things they may have not thought possible, we hope that our trips give the kids a break from their burdens and troubles in life.
Children are referred to CHICKS by a variety of professionals such as social workers and teachers. Find out how you can get involved here!
All the money you donate can help the charity fund 1 child to experience a CHICKS residential break. Below is a list of what your donations pay for.
- Provision of childcare (Provision of a fully trained Respite Break Team and equipment) £277
- Accommodation (Includes insurance, rates and utilities, cleaning and bedding) £198
-Days out and activities* (Includes all outings & activities such as horse riding, climbing and swimming) £104
-Food and preparation (Qualified cooks, locally sourced produce, packed lunches & ice-creams) £62
-Child and volunteer co-ordination costs (Working with referral agents, training, IT, office & volunteer expenses) £192
-Post-break service costs (Includes FREEPOST letter service and birthday and Christmas cards) £45
-Staff support costs (Health & safety, DBS checks and governance) £92
Total cost per child - £970
Total cost per break - 16 children £15,520.