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CHICKS Charity

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.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Chris Mould
Contact Position
Referral and Volunteer Development Officer
CHICKS website

Where to go

CHICKS Moorland Retreat
PL19 0LX

Parking facilities available.

No wheelchair access

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Office hours: 8.30 - 17.00 Mon-Fri
Time of day
Term Time
School Holiday
Bank Holiday
Session Information
Respite Breaks run from mid-Monday to mid-Friday (February to December)

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
FREE per session
All the costs are covered by CHICKS including food, accommodation and activities. However CHICKS are unable to cover the cost of transport. Suitable transport will need to be arranged for the child(ren) to our agreed pick-up point at the beginning of the break on the Monday and at the end on the Friday.


Referral required
Referral Details

In order for a child to attend a CHICKS respite break they have to be referred by a professional.

In order to refer a child, an online Break Referral Form needs to be completed which can be found on our website, and then arrange for the parents/guardians of the child to complete a consent and medical form which must be posted or scanned and emailed back to CHICKS. 

An online referral application must be completed for each individual child to enable us to assess their situation. It is important that children are referred by a professional person who is able to take responsibility for completing paperwork, arranging transport and being the primary contact, providing the link between the family and CHICKS. 

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