Carefree Kids is a children’s mental health charity based in the London Borough of Waltham Forest

Play today for a better tomorrow…

The key aim of our charity is to promote and support the mental health and emotional well-being of children, young people and their parents and carers in Waltham Forest and the surrounding area.

We are dedicated to working together with local schools to provide weekly emotional support sessions for children experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties. We also provide support for parents/carers and design and deliver bespoke training to adults in a range of settings, including parenting workshops and therapeutic responses for school staff.

Since 2004 we have been providing support to children, teenagers and their parents and carers. We use non-directive therapeutic play, arts and talking based therapies to help work through and release troubling emotions and feelings.

“Some people go that extra mile to stop and help – you were always here” (Child to play-worker)


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Latest news

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Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays: Meet us at Walthamstow Christmas Market 16 December

Carefree Kids animationSeason’s Greetings and Happy Holidays from all at Carefree Kids!. And please enjoy our fantastic new animation. Read more …

Shop online and donate to Carefree Kids at no extra cost!

Shop using easyfundraisingShop via easyfundraising to make donations to Carefree Kids at no extra cost to yourself. Read more …

World Mental Health Day 10 October 2018: Carefree Kids needs you!

World Mental Health Day 2018Support children to play today for a better tomorrow — at school, in the community, and at home. Read more …

Adam Land, Co-chair

Adam Land, Co-chair

Adam Land: New Co-chair of Carefree Kids

We welcome Adam LandAdam Land joined Carefree Kids in September 2018 as co-chair. Read more …

Thank you Waitrose South Woodford customers

Waitrose Green Counter £500 raisedA huge thank you to all Waitrose South Woodford customers who raised £500 for Carefree Kids. Read more…

Volunteers’ Summer Party 18 July 2018

To thank all our wonderful volunteers for their amazing work this year, we held a summer party – with lots or delicious food and music from the world cup competing nations! Thanks to all volunteers who came along – it was great to see everyone and to have time to catch up and enjoy ourselves!

Volunteers’ Day Out 12 June 2018

Volunteers Day Out 12 June 2018Carefree Kids volunteers enjoyed a wonderful day out to Sussex on 12th June 2018, courtesy of our fantastic funders, the Vintners Company. Read more …

Our new office

Sutherland House travel mapWe’re moving from Bakers’ Arms to our new office: Unit DA2, Sutherland House, Sutherland Road, Walthamstow, E17 6BU. The move is due to take place from 20 March 2018. Please don’t visit without an appointment! Read more …

Thank you Holy Family School Waltham Forest

Holy Family School and First GiveA big thank you to Holy Family School who collected over £85 for our charity and to First Give. Read more …

Join Carefree Kids at this year’s Charity Walk for Peace, 29 April 2018

Charity Walk for Peace 2018 graphicJoin us at the fantastic Charity Walk for Peace in April 2018 in Royal Windsor Great Park, and help raise money for Carefree Kids as well! Read more …    

Craft in the Park a great success

Craft in the Park event imageCraft in the Park was a great success — much fun was had by lots of families who came along to get crafty and creative!. Read more …  

Sainsbury’s Leyton Midland choose us as Charity of the Year

Sainsburys Leyton Midland Charity of the YearThank you to Sainsbury’s new Leyton Midland store for choosing us as your charity of the year! Read more …    

Carefree Kids remains one of TSB’s charity of the year!

Good news – we remain as one of TSB Bank’s charities of the year for a further year!

Quiz night raises over £1,100

Quiz night raises over £1,100Our charity quiz night at Ye Olde Rose & Crown on 20 April 2017 was a great success — we raised a grand total of £1,178.25 including a cash prize for reaching the leader board of top fundraisers in April! Read more …

Walk for Peace

Charity Walk for Peace graphicCarefree Kids staff Marta and Sophia and volunteer Gudrun attended the Walk for Peace Pre Charity Walk Dinner Held at The Old Town Hall, Stratford on the 3 March 2017, and they were amazed by the generosity and warm welcome of the Ahmediyya Muslim Elders Association. Read more …

Read Carefree Kids’ wonderful volunteer Jill Lovells’ interview in The E List magazine April 2017

Jill Lovells The E List graphicOur volunteer Jill Lovells has been interviewed for The E List magazine. Here’s a tasty snippet! Read more …

Poetry competition book of winning poems now on Ebay

Poetry competition graphicYou can now buy our winning anthology of poems ‘Crying for the Lost Tigers’ from last year’s poetry competition for only £10 on eBay. Details are here.

Volunteer’s birthday raises £475

Birthday cake fundraising graphicOne of our volunteers celebrating a rather special birthday raised a total of £475 for Carefree Kids instead of birthday presents. Read more …    

New Resources section

Carefree Kids has launched a new Resources section on our website which will include information sheets with lots of ideas for online courses to join, videos to watch, websites to visit and information to read. Our first information sheet — Play & Play Therapy — is already there. Go to the Resources section.

New videos added

See our two videos, made for us at no charge by Chime Communications. This video is hosted on YouTube. Carefree Kids is not responsible for any other material shown by YouTube and cannot control suggestions that YouTube may make of other videos to watch. Update 4 February 2015: See our new video My Brilliant Moment from Community Channel TV on YouTube where Ros Kane explains what inspired her to found Carefree Kids.