Volunteers at CHIPS are warmly welcomed into our extended family atmosphere. How much of your time you give and what role you play is up to you and we really value that time and input. It makes sure we are a true community project involving local people in something that benefits local children and families. It also makes sure what we do fits with local needs as you can tell us what these are!

What we can offer you!

  • New experiences, skills and insights! Perhaps you haven’t worked in a play setting before, or held a snake (not compulsory!), or helped children with learning difficulties create an arts and crafts masterpiece – with us you will!
  • A chance to connect with new people and make new friends! We are a friendly bunch and as the 12 volunteers who helped build ‘the beach’ this summer (and then ate pizza with us on it) will tell you, we have a lot of fun together!
  • A sense of accomplishment! At the end of a session with us you will be able to say that you made a positive difference to the holiday experience of local children.
  • Career options! You will have the option to take part in playworker (and other) training and to try out lots of different roles e.g. helper, activity leader (if you want), committee member (join in the planning!) We can also give you a reference to take to college or an employer detailing your achievements.


The work of CHIPS is critically dependent on the time given by volunteers. We are very grateful to the vast majority of volunteers for not only providing their time free, but also choosing to meet incidental expenses from within their own resources i.e. at no charge to CHIPS. You can download our full Download Volunteers Expenses Policy here.


To volunteer please download our application form and return it by post or email.

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CHIPS was established as a community playscheme managed by The North Guildford Holiday Playscheme Committee, a voluntary management committee in 2002.

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Activities include arts, crafts and design, sports, music, dance, drama, and environmental play.

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Dates 2024

Check the available play scheme dates for Summer and Easter school holidays 2024.

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A safe environment with a similar staff base each year that gives a secure feeling to the children. The staff are fabulous. Each time my son is on a break from school he asks if CHIPS is on, it’s by far his first choice over the many other activities we do in the holidays.

Chips has made a big difference to our lives this summer as my children have special needs and summer hols are too long for them as they are used to routine. They loved chips and want to come back next year. Staff are friendly and helpful. Thank you.

CHIPS is fantastic, my son loves coming every year! We are reassured that he is in a safe and happy environment. Thank you.

My girls loved it and I'm so pleased they join for the week. They have learnt so many different things and their confidence has grown.

"(My son) has had another fantastic time this Easter, he loves all the staff and enjoys meeting new children. He already can’t wait for the next holidays and is counting down the months. Thank you all so much."
Easter 2021

“CHIPS has been a lifesaver. For my son having been out of school for almost 6 months now due to the pandemic he was really missing a daily structure and being around other children. My child has had a beaming smile on his face every day when I have picked him up. He is really excited to go, we shall be sad when it finishes at the end of the week.” Easter 2021

"My daughter has had an amazing time at chips. She is very shy and has low confidence but she settled in very well and couldn't wait to get back the next day." Easter 2021

"It’s really nice you get try new things - it’s like a food tasting restaurant!" Easter 2021