CHIPS Bulletin 20/03/15

CHIPS Bulletin 20/03/15

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.  HCC are aiming for all children to be assessed by Easter.
Current Vacancies:
General Staffing: – We are looking for extra staff in Cheshunt. 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:
CHIPS are in the process of setting up a Model Railway Club for children aged 14+ . The first session will be held on Saturday 28th March – 10.00-11.30 am at The Hoddesdon Railway Club, Broxbourne Meadows, Mill Lane, Broxbourne EN10 7AX. Spaces are limited so if your child would be interested please contact the office by email or phone 01992 534664 to book a space. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer and register in advance. If your child is not 14 but would still be interested please contact the office to discuss.
We will be rescheduling this event – Sunday 26th April – Wodson Park – CHIPS Wheelie Fun Afternoon – 1.30pm-4.30pm
Saturday 16th May – Coffee morning and stalls at the Methodist Church, Ware Road, further details to come.
Friday 26th June – Wodson Park – CHIPS quiz – 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start. Please contact the office for a booking form to reserve your table. Maximum 8 brains to a table, £6.00 per head.
A big thank you to Hollywood Class at Forres School for donating the fantastic amount of £209.40. The money was raised during the ‘Dragons Den’ Business Enterprise Event, and involved selling chocolate!
Alice Honour (Cheshunt member of staff) completed her fundraising walk and she managed a staggering 55 miles, and has raised £297.00 so far. Please show your support for Alice’s efforts by visiting her virgin money giving page
CHIPS Ball – 13th March – a huge thank you to Teresa & Vince DiMartino for all their efforts in organising the CHIPS Ball. A wonderful evening enjoyed by all who attended, and the total raised to date is a fantastic £9,500. Many, many thanks to Teresa who can finally have her house free of raffle/auction prizes!!
London Marathon – Carl Skinner, husband of Flik Skinner (Hertford Leader) is running the marathon for CHIPS this year – please support him and visit his virginmoneygiving page at
General Information:
If you would like further information on any of the opportunities detailed below, please contact the office on 01992 534664.
ZSL Special Children’s Day

DATE: SAT 16th & SUN 17th MAY
VENUE: London Zoo
TIME: 10:00 – 18:00
It’s that exciting time of the year again at London Zoo. Tickets are up to 50% off and entry for carers is free. Daytrippers will be holding a charity hub space so come along, say hello and play some games. This is a fully accessible weekend that is specifically tailored to inclusive enjoyment of everything you love at the zoo with sensory story telling and performances from Singing Hands. Tickets are limited so make sure you book soon here.

Samsung’s Look At Me app for Android that is intended to help children with autism to make eye contact – find it at
Aldenham Country Playground (a multi-sensory experience) – Available to hire – £10.00 per child per session – Schools & Groups – Tues – Fri, Families & Groups – Saturday Play sessions, Private Hire & Parties – evenings & weekends (separate charges apply) – booking is essential. Session times : mornings 10.00-13.00, afternoons 14.00-17.00, evenings 18.00-21.00. To book or for more information please contact – 020 8953 9602.
Life & Lyrics – Song writing sessions (Wed 4.00pm-6.00pm & Saturday 6.00pm-8.00pm)/Free studio time & band bookings (Monday, Thursday & Friday 7.00pm-9.30pm) at X-Studio, Waltham Cross Youth Centre, Stanhope Road, EN8 7DJ – contact 07812 322067 – 13-19 year olds (up to 25 if you have a learning difficulty or disability)-
DSPL4 (Developing Special Provision Locally) invites parents/carers to the free 2015 conference “Embracing Change” on Friday 20th March – 8.30am for breakfast/9.30am start until 1.00pm @ High Leigh Conference Centre, High Leigh, Hoddesdon, Herts EN11 8SG. Please book via email: or phone and leave your details on 01992 467821.
PACT for Autism invite you to “World Autism Awareness Day Event” – Friday 20th March at the Colonnade Suite, The Manor of Groves Hotel, Sawbridgeworth – 6.00pm-10.00pm – dress code smart/smart casual – £22.00 per person including 2 course hot buffet and moving and entertaining talks. Book your place via the website at and follow the instruction on the ‘tell me more’ button.
Hertfordshire CP Football Kickstart – Working in partnership with Broxbourne Borough FC, Watford FC Sport & Education Trust and Hertfordshire FA, Cerebral Palsy (CP) Sport will deliver a CP Football Kickstart event to get more children with cerebral palsy and other physical impairments enjoying the beautiful game, which will then have regular football sessions following on. Our CP Football Kickstarts aim to engage local participants to be part of a fun football event, leading on to regular local based playing opportunities for every individual regardless of ability level. If you would like to join CP Sport for our CP Football Kickstart event, please ask the CHIPS office for a registration form.
Date: Saturday 25th April
Time: 12.00-14.00pm
Venue: Goffs School, Goffs Lane, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, EN7 5QW
Age: 5- 16 years
Cost: Free, must book in advance by 17 Apr 2015 
The CP Kickstart event will also be followed with a social, refreshments and an opportunity to watch the Broxbourne Borough FC first team match (3.00pm Kick-Off), next door at Broxbourne Borough Football Club.
Also, for those who use a wheel-chair or power-chair, we work closely with the Wheelchair FA, who have a network of power chair football clubs which offer regular sessions. You can find out more at

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