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CHICKS Respite Breaks

CHICKS is a registered charity that provides free respite breaks for disadvantaged children from across the UK.  A CHICKS break inspires new confidence and gives these children the chance to have fun, try new things and form positive childhood memories. We live by our own signature – giving the children the Gift of Hope, teaching the children that they can achieve anything and reach what may seem like impossible goals. The five-day breaks give children a chance get involved in a number of exciting activities and positive experiences at our Devon, Cornwall and Derbyshire retreats. The beautiful views and large grounds mean there is plenty of space to run about. We have converted barns full of trampolines, basketball nets, pool tables and table tennis. Inside the house we have more games, a music centre and art & craft areas where face painting, baking and other fun things take place! Each week is different at CHICKS. Children have a chance to go horse-riding, kayaking, climbing to name a few, and will always experience lots of fun team games and tasty home-cooked dinners - making incredible memories every day.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lisa Todd
Contact Position
Referral Development Assistant

Where to go

CHICKS Moorland Retreat
PL19 0LX

Parking facilities available.

No wheelchair access

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

In order to refer a child for a free CHICKS break a professional who works with the child or the family will need to complete the Child Referral Form which can be found on our website. Once we have received the form a member of the Coordination Team will then call to discuss the child's case in more detail and suitable break dates will be discussed. 

The CHICKS Coordination Team will allocate spaces once a referral has been made. Bookings are made according to availability and criteria.

Other notes

Children are referred to CHICKS for many reasons and situations; from being young carers to those who are living in poverty, subject to abuse, and any other situation that causes the child to have a tough time at home.We can also accept children who are on the child protection register or children who have attended CHICKS before (but not in the same year).

CHICKS cannot cover the cost of the transport to and from the child's home. We will collect the children from an agreed pick-up place, from which point the break is free until the Friday collection point.


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