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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


Event Cancelled

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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.


Sensory….. farm visit

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The children had a very hands on experience with the farm.


Monday 1st August the children had a visit from Coco the pony and Lucy the dog.

Jan from French’s Equine Rehabilitation Centre, bought Coco and Lucy  from the care farm to meet the children at HOPS.


More Fun in the sun at HOPS

Summer Activity Days 2016


Come rain or shine

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The HOPS summer activity days are well under way.

The British summer has been its usual mixture of rain and sun shine.

However no matter what the weather holds, there is always fun at HOPS both in doors and out.