CHIPS Visits Aerozone

One of our schemes had an amazing time visiting Aerozone at London Stansted Airport!

A massive thank you for having us, and for making the day so special! None of our young people or staff wanted to go home at the end of the day!




CHIPS selected as Hertford Rock at Castle 2016 Charity!

CHIPS are absolutely delighted to have been selected as this years Hertford Rock at the Castle charity!

We’re looking forward to Rocking at the Castle and raising money and awareness for CHIPS!

This year’s Rock At The Castle takes place on Sunday 7th August 2016, in the grounds of Hertford Castle.

This year’s event has grown to include a new Acoustic Garden Stage, set in the Castle Moat Garden Read More

CHIPS Volunteers – Volunteer Week 2016

CHIPS has an incredible group of volunteers. Without them, we simply wouldn’t be able to offer the services and support to our families that we do.

Each year, our play worker volunteers who work directly with our young people, donate around 966 hours to each scheme! That’s a staggering 4,830 hours across all our five play schemes! If you equate that to how many smiles they create in that same time, the numbers really do hit home.

Behind the scenes CHIPS has a strong core of Trustees, who meet up around once a term, and help direct the charity. We also have incredible volunteers working on our fundraising, book keeping, payroll, maintenance, IT support and lots (lots!) more!

There are so many different ways that you can volunteer at CHIPS, and in each one, you’d be making an important contribution to what we do, so why not check out our Current Vacancies page to see if there are any areas you can help in. Even if you think you can contribute to somewhere we are not currently recruiting for, please do get in touch, as we’re always looking for new people to join the charity.




CHIPS Cookery Club Cookathon

The CHIPS Cookery Club recently took part in the Childrens Food Trust’s Big Cookathon.

CHIPS cookery club for children with special needs runs fortnightly in term time at a local special school in their food technology room. The adults supported the children (mainly on a one to one basis) who all have varying degrees of special needs. The group leader demonstrated the method first so the children could see what they needed to do. They peeled the potatoes first and got them cooking whilst they prepared the meat. They chopped the onions, peeled and diced the carrots and sautéed with the mince beef. Then they added the rest of the ingredients and simmered gently. One of the group is vegetarian and she made a cannellini bean vegetable pie. The group leader made a vegetarian pie using green lentils. The children mashed the potatoes and added crème fraiche which made it a light and creamy texture.

All the staff and children tasted both the cottage pie and the vegetarian pies whilst having a break. They all get involved in washing up and putting way the utensils. They cleared up while the pies were baking and took them home to eat with their families. One family reported that their son doesn’t usually eat mince because of the texture but he ate 2 cottage pies as he had made them!

BIG cookathon demonstration

Big Cookathon 1

Big Cookathon 2


5K & 10K Walk or Run

Sunday 20th March 12.30pm – registration 1.30pm prompt – start

Choose to walk 5K or 10K from Wodson Park or run if the spirit takes you!

Entrance fee includes a drink and a slice of cake at the finish.

For a registration form please contact the CHIPS office on 01992 534664 or email Closing date for postal application is 7th March 2016.

Why not raise more funds for CHIPS and get a sponsorship from from the office.

Certificate and raffle available on the day.
Entry Fees In advance £10 adults £5 children On the day £12 adults £5 children
(Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult


AGM 2015 Photos

Here’s a selection of photos we have been sent. Do you have some? Please send them in to



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CHIPS 5p Challenge

CHIPS 5p Jam Jar Challenge

Can you, your friends, workplace or school collect 5ps for CHIPS?

A typical Jam Jar holds £2 in 5ps

Please contact the CHIPS office if you would like some empty CHIPS jars to help fundraise

The money you raise will go toward giving our young people lots of smiles at the schemes, and offering much needed support to our families.

For more info / jars please contact or on 01992 534664

CHIPS Summer Quiz

Quiz Night Pic 3 - tower

Quiz Night Pic 2 CHIPS Summer quiz was a fantastic evening – enjoyed by all who attended and    we raised just over £1,000.  The tower building round brought out the competitive side to many teams!

Many thanks to all that helped on the night, especially the quizmasters Ann and Andy Orpin, and their two sons, Jake & Danny who were invaluable assistants on the night.

Thanks also must go to Hazel Smith, who was instrumental in organising the evening.  Thanks also to Wodson Park and their enthusiastic bar staff!!  Lastly thanks to Gill and Karen for managing the marking!




CHIPS Bulletin No. 17

CHIPS Information:

Sign up for SBLO – If you still have not signed up for the Short Break Local Offer – please do so without delay.  Please contact the HUB to arrange your eligibility check – Kirsty/Rachel 01992 504013.  HCC are asking that all children be assessed before attending summer scheme.

 Computer Club – this club for children aged 12+ will run fortnightly on Tuesday evenings from 7.00pm – 9.00pm at Scott House, Hagsdell Road, Hertford next session will be on 7th July.  Places must be booked in advance.  A chance for children to play games, surf the internet, challenge other gamers and learn new computer skills.  CHIPS staff will be present so no need for parents to stay.  Cost is £4 per session.  To book a place, please contact or call 01992 534664.

Climbing Club – at Essex Outdoors, Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, Essex.  The club will run fortnightly on Sundays, next session will be 12th July, 11.00am – 1.00pm.  Children should be aged 12+, places must be reserved in advance.  CHIPS staff will be present so no need for parents to stay.  Cost is £4 per session.  To book a place, please contact or call 01992 534664.

We are also looking for extra staff for the new climbing club, again please contact the office if you know of anyone who would be interested, or alternatively ask them to contact the office to request an application form.

Forthcoming Events:

Charity Jam Jars –  Please contact the office if you would like some empty jam jars for yourself, your friends, family, office or place of work.

£100 challenge – we challenge you to raise £100.00 in the month of July.  Please contact the office for more details.

General Information:

We are looking for someone to repair our bikes and tricycles, prior to the start of the summer schemes, if you know of anyone please call the office on 01992 534664, or email  Thanks.

We are also looking for someone to come to our schemes and provide drumming/music sessions.  Again if you have a contact, or you have used someone yourself, we would be grateful if you could let us know.  Please call the office on 01992 534664 or email

SNIPS – Special Needs Information and Parenting Support – Summer Term Dates 13th May, 10th June, 8th July – 1.30-3.00pm the Orchard Room, Peartree School, Peartree Lane, WGC, AL7 3XW  For more info please contact Jan 01707 332470

We have been offered a couple of trip/trap chairs, both for the age group 9-12 yrs ish. Free of charge.  Collection only.  Please contact the office if you are interested.

Sunday 30th August – Hoddesdon Model Railway Club – Annual Show – 10.00am-5.00pm –

Club site, The Old Mill, Mill lane, Broxbourne Herts. EN10 7AX (Free parking @ EN10 6TD)

Disabled Parking EN10 7AX.   Adults £2.00 Children £1.00 – :-

Clive 07542560493  (  Features :- Working indoor and outdoor layouts in G, 0, 00, N.,  Also 5”, 3.5” ,2.5” Gauges.  Childrens rides, R/c boats in club pool, Other interesting models, Tombola, sales stand, Light refreshments.


5p jam jars – to date we have raised just over £450.00.  Thank you to everyone who has already taken a jar.

The “Lunch in the Garden” fundraiser was very successful, the weather was glorious and we raised just over £700.00, many thanks to Michelle Smith who allowed us to use her beautiful garden, and made the most delicious sandwiches.

The CHIPS summer quiz was also a great success raising just over £1,000.  Many people commented on how much fun the evening was, especially the tower building round!  Many thanks to the Orpin family for their excellent quiz.

The Giving Machine – generate free donations every time you shop online for CHIPS.  Visit  and join up to start generating donations.



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