HOPS Promotional Video

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We would like to thank the families for their support in the making of this video.

Thanks also to Simon Banthorpe for filming and producing the video and Alexander (aged 14) for producing the music, both whom generously gave their time to help raise the profile of our small




This summer see’s the 40th anniversary of Mid Suffolk HOPS.

We would like to hear from anyone who has been connected with HOPS over the past 40 years. families of children who attended HOPS sessions, Volunteers, Staff member, Trustees, past supporters of the charity.

It is our intention to compile a record of the past and present with photo’s, stories and memories. This will be shared at our celebration event.

How did attending HOPS help the children and young people or their families.

Families past and present – we are hoping you will tell us about parties and celebration events attended as well as memories from HOPS play days and activity sessions. was there a key member of staff or volunteers who helped or supported you?

How volunteering at HOPS helped with career choices or help shaped your future.

Volunteers past and present  – We are looking ,day trips out, abseiling down Ipswich hospital fundraising event,  team building events like ten pin bowling and paint-balling, strange things found in tabbard pockets…..

anything that will help recall the history of HOPS through your eyes.

We have to this present day key staff members who volunteered in their early teenage years who are now employed by HOPS. One of them remarked on the tuck shop( pre 2002) at HOPS, “The tuck shop was a highlight for all at HOPS, full of sugar filled delights. How things have changed! this was before healthy snacks had even been invented”

Help us make this a very special year at HOPS and share the information as widely as you can.

Get in touch with us at HOPS by email at MIDSUFFOLKHOPS@GMAIL.COM

We look forward to hearing from you all.



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