CHIPS Bulletin 29/10/14


CHIPS Information:

IMPORTANT – SBLO Sign Up – please 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.

HCC – funding for equipment – advance notice – there is an equipment fund being made available. Equipment must be over £100, linked to a child’s needs and not health related. It should have a life of over 12 months. More details to come.

Ofsted Reports for Ware, Cheshunt & Hoddesdon schemes are now on the website, if you would like a copy emailed/sent to you, please contact the office.

General Information:

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

Please contact the office if you are interested in your child/children having an assessment with TomKat Trikes. If we have enough interest we are hoping to be able to arrange a date for them to visit one of the schemes.

Sunday 2nd November – A Curious Night Inn – Victorian-themed fundraiser, House of Wolf, Islington, London – National Autistic Society – £15.00 per ticket, drink, canapes and live entertainment – tickets limited.

Monday 3rd November – Parent Carer Relaxation Workshop – 10.30-12.00 – Hoddesdon Parish Church Hall, Paul’s Lane, Hoddesdon EN11 8TR. Please book your place by calling 01992 586969 or email

Tuesday 11th November – Information Session – find out more about the Local Offer and Short Break Scheme – 10.00am-12.00pm – Sportsman Room, Birchwood Leisure Centre, Longmead, Hatfield AL10 0AN – Please book your place by calling 01992 586969 or email

Tuesday 18th November – SEND Reforms and my Family – free one day session to explain what the new reforms to SEND provision mean for families in Hertfordshire. Bishops College, Churchgate, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross EN8 9XF – 10.00am-2.00pm – lunch will be provided. Book online at or call 07840360245.

Large tricycle available to borrow.

Current Vacancies:

Kidzone – CHIPS are recruiting for a fun, energetic and driven Leader for our Kidzone Sibling support group. The group is for brothers and sister and meet up once a month. We arrange trips and activities such as bowling, arts & crafts, trip to London, ice skating, swimming and more.   As the Leader you’ll be expected to help organise these trips and be responsible for the young people during them along with the help of some assistants. Ideally we’ll be looking for someone who has previous experience in this line of work and working with young people. Please let the office know if you know of anyone who would be interested in this vacancy.

General Staffing: – We are looking for extra staff in all locations, but particularly at our Hertford Scheme. 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:

7th November – the ever popular CHIPS Quiz, to be held at Wodson Park, 8pm – please let the office know if you would like to reserve a table. Last couple of tables available – please do not delay if you want to join in.

21st November – come and join us at our first ever CHIPS Fundraising Disco, over 18’s only, at the Cheshunt De Vere Hotel, Theobalds Park, Waltham Cross, Herts EN7 5HW – 7.30pm- midnight. Tickets cost £12.50 per person which includes a bite to eat. Email the office on or call 01992 534664

29th November – An Indian cuisine evening at our Trustee Sukanta’s house in Cuffley – £20.00 per head . Email the office on 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.


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 or are interested in running a fundraising event.

Matt Reed – (Assistant at Hertford) ran the BUPA Great Yorkshire Run in 57 minutes – a big thank you and well done to Matt!!   Final total raised was £149.00.

Jules Ryan ran the Budapest Marathon on 11th October, and so far has raised just over £1,000. Thank you and well done to Jules!! You can still donate by visiting her virgin money giving page .

A big thank you to Kerry Viccars at Rye Park Depot, Sainsbury for arranging a quiz night at the Hoddesdon Conservative Club in aid of CHIPS. Total raised on the night was £470.

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