Archive for March, 2016


While many children are eagerly awaiting a visit from the Easter Bunny, children volunteers and staff had a visit from the Easter Bikers. Members of the Norfolk Advanced Motorcycle Club had a ride out from Norwich to the HOPS Saturday club at Thorndon. They kindly bought with them Easter Eggs and Easter crafts for everyone at HOPS.

More than 26 bikers met up close to Thorndon and roared onto the site as the children watched on in amazement as they parked up on the car park.  HOPS warmly welcomed them into the setting for a hot drink after their chilly ride over. The riders chatted with staff and children and found out more about what happens at HOPS. Once refreshed the riders kindly agreed that the children could mount their magnificent motorcycles.

For many children this was the first time they had experienced this many motorcycles in one place, they eagerly took up the chance to climb on board and have their photographs taken.

We would like to thank Norfolk Advanced Motorcycle Club and their members particularly Gary Walton for organising this fantastic event for the HOPS children.

We hope you all enjoy the photos



On a very cold, muddy and damp day HOPS volunteers supported by Staff and Trustees spent the day at Combat paint balling in Thetford Forest.

As you can see from the pictures below everyone was very excited to be going paintballing, many of them for the first time.

The day went well and may volunteers were covered in mud and paint and few lost shoes in the muddy ground, these where soon retrieved.

There seems to be some confusion over which of the teams won over all on the day.

It was great to see young people enjoying themselves and many communicating with those they hardly look at let alone chat to during a HOPS day.

“HOPS teenage volunteers give over 4500 hours a year supporting children and young people with severe disabilities, its great to be able to recognise they contribution the give to those less fortunate” said Michael Powley Vice Chair of HOPS.

This team building day was made possible from funding through Suffolk Community Foundation and the Youth Social Action Fund.


Saturday Club Dates

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Saturday Club Dates

from September to December 2016


SEPTEMBER 10th or 24th

OCTOBER 8th or 22nd 

NOVEMBER 12th or 26th

DECEMBER 10th or 17th