Respite Break Volunteer

CHICKS Charity

Name: Respite Break Volunteer
Organisation: CHICKS Charity
Location: CHICKS Coastal Retreat, Tywardreath, Cornwall, PL24 2QN
Type: Short Term
Mid-Monday to Mid-Friday. A volunteer will be expected to be awake with the children at 8am and will usually go to bed approximately 10pm. Volunteering at CHICKS is a fun and rewarding experience which involves long hours. You will be expected to be par


As a Respite Break Volunteer for CHICKS you will be a positive adult role model who will interact with the children and allow them to develop and experience new challenges. You will join our team of fully trained staff and up to five other volunteers from Monday through to Friday on a residential week supporting up to 16 disadvantaged children.

Volunteering at CHICKS is a fun and rewarding experience which involves long hours. You will be expected to be part of the team from the time the children wake up at approx 7.30 am until the day draws to a close.

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Organisation Description

CHICKS began in 1992, and have since provided over 13,500 children with a much needed break.

CHICKS is a registered charity which provides FREE five day respite breaks for children aged between 8 and 15 years old who are living in difficult or deprived conditions and will not of had an opportunity to have another break in that year. The breaks provide the opportunity to have some fun with peers of their own age and build upon their self-esteem and confidence. Our week long breaks give children a chance to get involved in a number of new, exciting activities and experiences.

CHICKS currently has three retreats for respite breaks in the UK; two in the South West in Devon and Cornwall and one that has recently opened last year in Derbyshire. The retreats are set on grounds with converted barns full of trampolines, basketball nets, pool tables and table tennis, also within the house there is a music centre and arts and crafts area.

The children we help come from a variety of backgrounds. They might be living in poverty, be young carers, be victims of bullying or abuse, or have been bereaved. The one thing they all have in common is that they could really benefit from a week away from their circumstances.


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Cause / Interests

  • Children
  • Mentoring
  • Sport and Outdoor Activities
  • Youth

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Caring
  • Counselling
  • Mentoring
  • Youth Work

Skills and Qualifications


Development in communication skills, rapport building, team work, support and engagement with children and young people, and an opportunity to partake in new activities and experiences

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: All the costs are covered by CHICKS excluding transport to and from our pick-up points
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: Each volunteer is asked to attend a briefing at the beginning of the break
Other: We also run various Volunteer Training Events throughout the year. These events are not compulsory however they are recommended in order to gain a better insight into the break and your role as a volunteer.

Recruitment Method

Application form, References, DBS Check