CHICKS Respite Breaks

CHICKS is a registered charity which provides five day respite breaks for children aged between 8 and 15 years old who are living in difficult or deprived conditions and will not of had an opportunity to have another break in that year.

The children we help come from a variety of backgrounds. They might be living in poverty, be young carers, be victims of bullying or abuse, or have been bereaved. The one thing they all have in common is that they could really benefit from a week away from their circumstances.

The breaks are situated at our three retreats in Cornwall, Devon and Derby which provide the opportunity to have some fun with peers of their own age and build upon their self-esteem and confidence. Our week long breaks give children a chance to get involved in a number of new, exciting activities and experiences. 

We live by our own signature – giving the children the Gift of Hope, teaching the children that they can achieve anything and reach what may seem like impossible goals.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Chris Mould
Contact Position
Referral and Volunteer Development Officer
CHICKS Website

Where to go

CHICKS Daleside Retreat, Ravenscliffe Farm, Bradbourne Road, Derbyshire DE6 1LF
Venue Notes

Free parking on site.

CHICKS provides a pick-up system, with collection points local to the retreats in Devon, Cornwall and Derbyshire for children attending a break. 

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday (residential breaks)
Time of day
Session Information
Each break runs from mid Monday to mid Friday every week. (From February to December.)

Other Details

Cost Description

The 5-day respite breaks are FREE. Please note; CHICKS cannot cover the cost of the transport to and from the child's home. We will collect the children from an agreed pick-up place, from which point the break is free until the Friday collection point.

Age Ranges
Children aged between 8 and 15 years
Car Parking
Disabled Car Parking Space


Referral required
Referral Details

Referrals must be made through a professional person or organisation that works with the child or family. Organisations that currently refer to us include social services, schools, youth groups, family support teams and numerous other charities. The online Break Referral Form must be completed. Once this form is submitted a member of the Coordination Team will then call you to assess the child's case in more detail. At this point a reservation can be made and you will need to ensure that the Consent and Medical Form is completed and signed in order to finalise the booking. Access the forms our website.

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