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Here are a selection of fine photos from the 2010 Summer Scheme

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AGM Photos

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The HOPS activity scheme for Children with Disabilities, has recently held its Volunteer Awards Presentation evening and AGM. This evening celebrates the achievements of those who attend the scheme and recognises those who do over and above what is expected.

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Summer Scheme 2010

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Summer scheme?…………. well the sun did shine on a few rare occasions……….. but all in all a good time was had by everyone.

This year there were plenty of different activities to keep everyone busy, be it rain or shine.

Some old favourites were on offer, with visits from Banham Zoo, with their snakes, giant snails and small furry animals. Chris the Clown visited, helping us to learn some tricks, how to balance and make giant bubbles and it wouldn’t be HOPS without Bouncy Castles and this year a Bouncy Assault Course.

There were numerous music workshops with African Drums, Electric Guitars and new for this year, steel pan drums and DJ workshops. Great fun but we all needed ear defenders on those days.

Everyday art and craft activities were available on site. Ricki came and ran a Felt Making workshop, during which the children created a furry caterpillar(see picture). We also did screen printing T-shirts and on a very windy day we made kites, and we flew them on the playing field.

The children were also very busy tending to the raised flower and vegetable beds. This gave a big splash of colour to the front of Settles House.
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Once again a team of fundraisers braved the Heights of the Ipswich maternity block and took part in a charity abseil to raise funds for HOPS.

Two of the committed fundraiser were not put off by the 140ftdizzy heights of last year and successfully completed this again this year.

Barry enjoyed the abseil so much he went down twice.

Our thanks go to

George Baldwin,

Katie Hutton,

Tom Hutton,

Emma Dickinson,

Ian Dickinson,

Amanda Jebb

Barry Henley

who between them have raised approximately £600.

Thank you to everyone who has given sponsorship for this event.

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Congratulations to Lauran and James

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Congratulations to Lauran and James on their wedding. which took place on 17th July 2010, at Cotton Church.

We wish them all the very best for their future, and look forward to Mrs Collins return to HOPS after their honeymoon.

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Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any more  Volunteering places for HOPS 2010.

It is a requirement that our volunteers has to have attended  the HOPS Volunteer Training day and HOPS Child Protection training, due to the vulnerability of the children at the scheme.

This training Day has been held for 2010.

We are happy accept Volunteer applications for 2011.

Please fill in and complete the volunteers application form and forward via Email or Post to HOPS

Volunteers application form


Important Dates for 2010

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Registration Day 2010

March 27th 10am – 1.30pm – @ Settles House, Thorndon, Eye.

Volunteers training Day 2010

April 24th 10am – 3pm     Transport 9am – 4pm @ Settles House, Thorndon, Eye.

Summer Half Term  2010

June 2nd   June 4th

Summer Play Scheme Dates 2010

July 26th 28th & 30th.
August 2nd 4th 6th 9th 11th 13th 16th 18th 20th 23rd 25th 27th

Autumn Half Term  2010



17th November 2010 – Venue to be confirmed


On the 19th February a group of us will descend upon Theford Forest for what will be a fantastic paint balling day!

Each person attending will be given 300 paint balls provided by HOPS, with extra paint balls on sale for £7 per 100.

Protective clothing will be provided but you may want to consider wearing more than one layer, as this will provide more padding should you be hit (Which you will as it’s paint balling) You may also want to think about footwear and clothes (Which might get muddy) So a spare change of clothes and footwear are a good idea.

A light lunch is kindly provided and there are vending machines on site should you want further refreshments

Photos will be taken so anyone who doesn’t want to be in the photos please let us know

One last thing… HAVE FUN!

Great news guys!

HOPS volunteers have been awarded £2899 from the Youth Opportunity Fund. With this money we have plans for team-building events for volunteers and siblings of young people who attend the HOPS play scheme who are over 13. Two planned trips, one for paint balling in Essex and another for ten pin bowling will take place between February and the end of March this year.

It is also planned to have team-building events at HOPS Settles House which will include T-shirt printing and other arts and crafts as well as group discussions around disability and how siblings cope with disabled brothers and sisters.

More information will be sent direct to the volunteers and siblings of HOPS users and will be posted on this website.

Keep your eyes here!


Weather closes HOPS Saturday Club

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Mid Suffolk HOPS Saturday Club will not be running on Saturday 9th January due to the weather conditions.