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

Since 2004 we have been providing emotional support to children, teenagers and their parents and carers.

We use non-directive therapeutic play, art therapy, dramatherapy and dance/movement therapy to help release troubling emotions that may be difficult to communicate verbally or in other ways.

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Latest news


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.

Collection and carols raises over £700

Collection and carols raises over £700Our fundraising at Sainsbury’s Beckton on the weekend of 17 and 18 December was very successful — we raised a grand total of £715.10 from Sainsbury’s customers donations and the collection pots by the tills. Read more …

2017 Calendar

2017 Calendar graphicHappy 2017! We’ve produced two pdf calendars you might find useful. One with Waltham Forest school term dates, one for general use. Read more…

Hackney Singers Christmas Concert Saturday 10 December supports Carefree Kids

Carol Concert graphicHackney Singers have put forward Carefree Kids as a charity to support through their Christmas concert. Read more …

Do you want to be our new Chair of trustees?

Chair of trutees graphicUse your skills to help local children. We are looking for a new Chair to work with our dynamic board of trustees in providing leadership and strategic direction to our well-established charity. Read more …

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 …

Thank you to Christel!

Thank you graphicCarefree Kids would like to say a big thank you to Christel Hawkins who has just stepped down as Chair of Trustees. Read more …

Janinne raises over £900 on London to Paris Bike Ride

Janinne Legge holding her bike up high in front of the Eiffel Tower in ParisJaninne Legge has raised over £900 for Carefree Kids on London to Paris Bike Ride in August 2016. Read more …

Quiz night at Sainsbury’s Beckton Café raises £150

Sainsbury's Charity of the Year Quiz NightA fantastic £150 was raised for Carefree Kids at the Quiz night organised at Sainsbury’s Beckton Café on 5 November 2016. Read more …

Can you spare two minutes to help to get us £10,000?

Aviva Community Fund graphicCarefree Kids charity is doing all we can to get enough money for the next year so we can continue helping emotionally distressed children and young people.

One way to get a very significant £10,000 is to ask you to vote for us in the Aviva Community Fund. It’s quick and easy. Read more …

Bucket Collection at Sainsbury’s Beckton Friday 30 September

Sainsbury's Charity of the Year Bucket CollectionAs part of being Charity of the Year Carefree Kids will be doing a charity bucket collection on Friday 30 September at Sainsbury’s Beckton. Read more …

Carefree Kids chosen as Sainsbury’s Beckton Charity of the Year

Sainsbury's Charity of the YearCarefree Kids is very pleased to have been chosen by customers of Sainsbury’s Beckton to be their Charity of the Year’ for 2016/2017. Thank you! Read more …

Poetry competition

Poetry competitionEnter now for our very first fundraising poetry competition.

We invite anyone, anywhere, of any age to submit poems about the following subjects: Babies, Children & Young People, Parents & Carers, Siblings, Families, Play, Grandparents. Read more …

New trustees wanted!

Trustees graphicAre you interested in being a trustee for Carefree Kids? We have vacancies coming up this summer including for a new chair of the trustees. Read more …

New newsletter: Twitter roundup issue 1

Twitter roundup issue 1 newsletter screenshotWe’ve published a new resource sheet that brings together some of the best articles, reports and videos tweeted during the first half of February 2016 when there were three high profile campaigns on child mental health and children in care. Read more …

Mayor visits Carefree Kids

Mayor visits Carefree Kids

The Mayor of Waltham Forest, Councillor Saima Mahmud, visited Carefree Kids on Tuesday 15 March 2016 to learn about the charity’s work, and see the new therapeutic play room. and the visit was covered in the Waltham Forest Guardian. Read more …

Staff and volunteers featured in the Waltham Forest Guardian, 8 March 2016Carefree Kids featured in local Guardian newspaper

Carefree Kids has been featured in this week’s Waltham Forest Guardian. Read more…

Thomas Cook Children’s Charity supports Carefree Kids

Carefree Kids was delighted to receive a cheque for £1,500 in April 2015 from the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity. The donation has been used to fund the purchase of specialist toys and arts materials to equip therapeutic play rooms in three additional schools. Read more …

Trustee meeting at fire station

Thank you to the fire station for their continued support in allowing us to book their meeting room for our Trustees meetings free of charge. 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.

Sell-out Carefree Grooves concert raises over £1,400

Carefree Grooves concert

Our benefit concert Carefree Grooves at Ye Olde Rose & Crown on 15 July was a great success — a full-house, all tickets sold and it raised just over £1,400.

Read more and see a short video from the concert …

Carefree Kids Chatterbox Thursday evenings — join in!

One of our valued volunteers have recently started a blog / reading group online that meets live between 8pm and 9pm on Thursday evenings. Read more …

Local teenagers raise £338 for Carefree Kids in just a few hours

The Challenge fundraising on Walthamstow MarketTen local teenagers recruited through The Challenge — a charity that runs youth and community programmes with the aim of mixing diverse groups of people with each other — raised £338 for Carefree Kids in just a few hours this summer — money that will go towards buying a new laptop for Carefree Kids’ training work. Read more …

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.

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Parent to our social work student

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‘Carefree Kids were so easy to talk to, they listened and gave so much support, becoming very much a friend.’

Parent and volunteer with Carefree Kids

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‘I do not believe I would have the relationships I have with my own children if I had not been taught a different way and to view children in a different light.’


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‘It has been a fantastic experience volunteering with Carefree Kids.  There are challenges but it’s also been rewarding when I have seen a change in a child, I have learnt so much.’