Archive for December, 2018


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

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