CHIPS Bulletin 18/11/14

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CHIPS Information 

IMPORTANT – SBLO Sign Upplease do not delay in signing up for SBLO – please contact the HUB to arrange your eligibility check – Kirsty/Rachel 01992 504013. We hope that all children will have been assessed by Christmas. Please note that children over the age of 5 years old will not be able to attend CHIPS after Easter if they have not been through the eligibility check.

HCC – funding for equipment – details have been sent out to all parents/carers. Please let the office know if you have not received this information. Equipment must be over £100, linked to a child’s needs and not health related. It should have a life of over 12 months.

General Information:

If you would like further information on any of the opportunities detailed below, please contact the office on 01992 534664.

Large tricycle available to borrow.

25th November & 27th January – Wheelchair Dance Sport taster session, Jackmans Community Centre, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 2NL

20th January – Wheelchair Dance Sport taster session, Holywell Community Centre, Watford

Current Vacancies:

Administration Assistant: We are looking for an Admin Assistant to work in the office in Hertford. 18 hours per week. Duties will include: supporting the other office staff with the organisation of the playschemes and other activities offered by the charity – (AGM, Christmas parties, outings), maintaining records, some financial administration and organising fundraising events.

Candidates should have a keen eye for detail. Must be computer literate and have knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel. Training and development opportunities available. Please contact the office for further information or to request an application form/job description.

General Staffing: – We are looking for extra staff in Cheshunt and Hoddesdon. Please contact the office if you know of anyone who would be interested in working at CHIPS, or alternatively ask them to contact the office to request an application form.

Forthcoming Events:

29th November – An Indian cuisine evening at our Trustee Sukanta’s house in Cuffley – £20.00 per head . Tickets still available. Please email the office on karen@chipsplay.org or call 01992 534664.

6th December – ‘Just Friends Christmas Concert’ – a small choir of female voices – festive favourites, carols and Christmas songs at St Mary The Virgin, Essendon AL9 6AU @ 7.30pm – free entrance, light refreshments – collection for CHIPS

20th December – Christmas bag packing at Marks & Spencer’s in Hertford – again please let us know if you can spare an hour or two to help out.

30th January – Curry & Race night – details to follow.

13th March – The CHIPS Ball, Cheshunt De Vere Hotel, tickets £60.00 a head, dinner, dancing, raffle and auction. Tickets on sale now. Please contact the office. All proceeds to CHIPS.

Sponsorship/Fundraisers:

A fundraising plea – we urgently need your support with our fundraising activities, we need to raise £60-£70K each year and we can only achieve this target with your help. Please let us know if you have any fundraising ideas.

Thank you to the amazing people who have recently been fundraising for us. More below.

The quiz night raised a fantastic £1,689.48, and was a great evening thoroughly enjoyed by all. Big thanks to the quiz master extraordinaire – Greg Ivison, organiser, Hazel Smith and everyone who came along on the night.

Our grateful thanks also go to the following for their generous donations:

The Anchor Pub – £1,000

The Cheshunt Masonic Lodge – £735.00

The Hertford Methodist Church, Hertford – £1,000

Howdens Joinery – £300

NCS (Danique Nickson) – £227.53

This Campaign has ended. No more pledges can be made.