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The search for a new venue HOPS continues, with the media and radio coverage over the past few weeks, the profile of HOPS has been raised. This has not only served to raise the issue of needing  a new building but has drawn new children to HOPS services.

For the charity to continue it is vital we find a new building within the next month or so.

Unfortunately a small village Hall would not suit the requirements of the service that we provide.

We provide day care services for children with special needs, for this we need space. Wheelchairs and the need for  specialist equipment to be on hand takes up room  and many of our children are lively and need space to burn off their energy. We are regulated by Ofsted so any new premises we go into must be inspected and approved by them for use.

Here is what we need 

    Our needs are as such and must have the following
    must be accessible for wheelchairs both inside and out.
    must have space to enable installation of disability toileting facilities
    must have space to enable installation of specialist disability equipment ( sensory and soft play)
    must have space for kitchen facilities
    The outside space must allow school type fencing to be erected.


A140 corridor Needham to Diss
A14 corridor East of Ipswich to West of Bury St Edmunds
Mainly within the Mid Suffolk area, but we are willing to look at wider area.

 Both inside and out side space is essential  

we are looking for something ideally with the following approximate size


25 meters by 10 meters approx


25 meters by 20 meters ( or substantial outside space) 


We are looking to rent a building for a minimum of 5 years

       If you know of a building that may be suitable them please contact us



Interested in finding out more about disability 1st Mellis Brownies Mellis and Yaxley 1st Guides visited HOPS as part of their syllabus towards their badges.

The Brownies had a fun evening exploring the HOPS building looking for the answers to questions they had been set. Many of the brownies found the sensory room, soft play and ball pool the most exciting areas to be in. They were told about the different ways in which HOPS staff communicate with children with PEC’s symbols around the building helping them explore activities. They learned about different disabilities and talked about their own experience of disability.

The Guides were also set a visual challenge around the setting pulling together their answers from questions sets. They too talked about disability and how this might effect people. Again the Guides enjoyed time in the sensory room and ball pool. They also experienced what it was like to be hoisted, by staff and how scary it can be not being in control of your own movements, but how communication can make the event more pleasurable.

1st Mellis Brownies Mellis and Yaxley 1st Guides had collected coins in in sweet tubes to give to HOPS as a donation.

HOPS would like to say a big Thank you to the brownies and guides for the kind donation of £134.75

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Sunday 28th October, was D Day for Phil Sherriff and Gary Walton, this was the day of the Skydive.

Gary and Phil members of the Norfolk Advance Motorcyclists, have been regular visitors to HOPS on the annual Easter ride out delivering Easter Eggs to the children and also raising funds for HOPS.

The skydive was on Phil’s bucket list and thought it would be a good way of raising extra funds for HOPS. Gary kindly agreed to join Phil on this fundraising free-fall.

The day arrived, freezing cold, grey, drizzling Sunday morning, not the best weather, but nerves and excitement filled the air. It wasn’t long before the briefing was over and the guys were togged up and ready to go.

The sun came out as plane circled upwards as we watched from the ground, eventually we could see small dots high in the air.  it wasn’t long before they came soaring over our heads and landed in the paddock beside the spectators.  On getting his breath back Gary said ” the free fall was only a minute, but i was glad when the shoot when up”…. Phil said” it was great, but my stomach needs to recover now”

Two months on from the Skydive we are please to announce that the total raised was £1960.00.

We thank both Phil and Gary for your support of HOPS

the link for donation is

Gary and Phil skydve


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.


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


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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

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.