Devon, United Kingdom
CHICKS is a national children's charity which provides FREE respite breaks to disadvantaged children and young carers from all over the UK.
CHICKS provides groups of 16 disadvantaged children with a week of fun and adventure at either one of our retreats in Devon or Cornwall where they enjoy what is often the first 'holiday' of their lives.
Whilst at CHICKS children, aged between eight and 15, have the chance to relax, have fun, make new friends, spend time with positive role models all in a safe and supportive environment.
During the week the children try new and exciting activities such as horse riding, swimming, body boarding and rock climbing which are designed to boost confidence and self esteem whilst most importantly, be fun. They also enjoy the green, wide open spaces, play games, enjoy arts and crafts, go to the cinema and enjoy home cooked meals together.
The children we help are all disadvantaged; they may be young carers; they may be one of the 25% of children growing up in poverty in the UK today; they may be living in social services care or suffering abuse, neglect or bullying. Whatever their circumstances they would otherwise not get the chance to enjoy a break away from the stresses of their day to day lives where they can simply be, just children again.
We provide breaks all year round (from March through to the December), each break supports 16 children and each year we help 1,200 children.