The Young Farmer from the Gipping Valley area of Suffolk held a fundraising event with a twist this year.

Who knew that Pig Racing would big home the bacon……. £1,500

The Young Farmers explained that battery operated pigs where used for the pig racing event held 22nd September to raise funds for the Young Farmers and their chosen charity for 2017 (HOPS).

The young Farmer invited HOPS to receive a cheque for £750  at there AGM earlier this month.

The money donated will go towards the refurbishment of HOPS Soft Play area.


Approximately 35 Young Professionals from PPG from all over the UK, rolled up their sleeves to give Settles House a lick of paint turning a very clinical building in to a space that is bright and air space.

Some the Young professionals from PPG told us they normally attended a conference at this time of year to bring them all together from various locations from around the UK, but they were thoroughly enjoying  the challenge of a community project.

Area’s of the front and back garden were also tackled, with fake turf being laid against the building, where noting would grow, screening for the oil tank, and 2 “Mud Kitchen”, loving made by the team at Stowmarket Men’s Shed.

HOPS would like to say a big thank you for everyone’s hard work, this includes friends and families of those attending the HOPS scheme in moving and replacing all the equipment and furnishings from the 12 areas that PPG have decorated.

Below are some photo’s of the end results.

   HOPS is looking to expand its Senior Staff base.

We are seeking to employ upto 3 Deputy Team leaders.

Level 3 qualifications would be desirable, however more importantly to HOPS is experience of working with children and young people who require additional support and those with care plans within a social/ play session.

Although HOPS runs sessions during School Holiday and at weekends, we are prepaired to split the posts to weekend only or School holidays only if candidates indicate at time of application.

For more informatio  please use links below.

Full advert

Job Description


Application form

Closing date for applications 5th December 2017

Interviews from 16th December 2017


Transformation @ HOPS

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National Citizens Service

Team Unity Transformation @ HOPS


Many young people aged 15 to 17 took part in the National Citizens Service programme  during the summer of 2017.

Each group of young people had to choose a charity or worthy cause to help during their programme of events.

Team Unity chose to support HOPS.

Some of Team Unity volunteer at HOPS and wanted to improve the look and feel of the back and front gardens at HOPS.   The back garden at Settles house had become quite over grown and a planters in the front garden had become a bit tatty.

Team Unity, raised funds to buy paint and plants,they also sourced other equipment needed for their project. The team put in many man hours to cut back and tidy up the back garden and spent a few hours jet washing the patio.

Below are photos of the results of their hard work, if you look at photos from the summer you will see the extent achievement

Thank you Team Unity for all your hard work!!

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Event Cancelled

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Summer Programme 2017

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Creative Week

24th, 26th, 28th July  with junk fun, printing and Splash n splat art day

Sport Week

31st July, 2nd and 4th August  with safe archery, sport mania day and assault courses

Animals week

7th, 9th ,11th August is  with Petting Farm, Mini Monster and owls  

Pirates and Mermaids party week

14th, 16th, 18th August is   with bouncy castles, entertainers and T-shirt screen printing.

All activities take place at HOPS setting in Thorndon near Eye.


Young Farmers Visit HOPS

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 Young  Farmers visited HOPS to find out 20170526_211709 how we help children and young people with disabilities, with a view to supporting HOPS.


If you have a childcare qualification and experience of working with children with additional needs, then please get in contact. We are looking for  a Deputy Team leader and Play Leaders to join us.

For Saturday Clubs & School Summer Holiday’s

The Holiday Opportunity Play Scheme is for Children and Young People with additional needs, between the ages of 4 and 16 years old. Based at Thorndon Nr EYE.

We are seeking to increase our staff base.

We are looking for enthusiastic people who have previous experience of working and supporting children and young people with disabilities and additional needs.

   applicants holding Level 3 qualification in Play-work 

or equivalent recognised childcare qualification,

is desirable but not Essential

Rate of pay from £7.50- £11.00 Per hour.

Approx 20 day’s mainly during school summer holidays including half term’s

(Monday, Wednesday and Friday ) (Saturday Clubs twice a month)


Or call 07857618161 or email midsuffolkhops@gmail.com

Closing date for applications  17th February 2017

Send Application either via email or post to Mid Suffolk  HOPS, c/o 9 Spencer Way, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1UB.

Interviews to take place on 25th February 2017

For more information on the job roles , click here – Deputy Team Leader job description

Play leader job description

Employment application form


HOPS Wins Award

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The Roddy Macleod award for youth club of the year presented to Mid Suffolk Holiday Opportunity Playscheme (HOPS)

The winner of The Roddy Macleod award – for youth club of the year, is Mid Suffolk HOPS (Holiday Opportunity Playscheme (HOPS) from Eye. HOPS provides social activities for children and young people between the ages of 4 and 17 years old, with severe disabilities. One thing that makes HOPS exceptional is the volunteering commitment of young people between 14 and 18 years old who are Play Buddies for the children with disabilities. Over the past summer these young people amassed an impressive 2,745 hours of volunteering.


Celebrations and AGM

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The Chairman and Members of the Trustee Board of

Mid Suffolk HOPS 

Warmly invite you to the presentation of

Volunteer Certificates & Awards 

 Annual General Meeting.

Wednesday 5th October 2016 at 7pm

The Leading Live HUB

Crown Street


IP14 1HY

          A warm drink and biscuits will be available prior to the start of proceedings.

R.S.V.P.  By  28th September 2016


Mid Suffolk HOPS, 9 Spencer Way, Stowmarket, IP14 1UB

Tel: 07857618161   Or email midsuffolkhops@gmail.com


We would be please to see you and help us congratulate the volunteers on their superb efforts supporting children with servere disabilities, complex learning and behaviour needs. We will have slide show of photos from the past years scheme showing what activities have been running for the children.

 Please let Jackie know if you will be attending, her contact details are on the invite. 


We are always looking to improve our service, fresh ideas are always welcome.

We are on a mission to find new Trustees. We know you are a very busy but please consider becoming a HOPS Trustee, or if you can persuade someone you know to join us they would be most welcome. We are looking for people with Finance, IT, HR or any business experience, but all help would be appreciated.

We hold about 6 meeting a year, in the Stowmarket area, and we are a very friendly bunch.

If you are interested, or would like more information,  please do get in touch with Jackie, her contact details are on the AGM invite.