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


Sainsbury’s Beckton Quiz Night Monday 7 November 2016

Sainsbury's Charity of the Year Quiz NightAs part of being Charity of the Year, Sainsbury’s Beckton and Carefree Kids will be holding a charity quiz night on Monday 7 November 2016 at the Beckton store in the café. 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 …

Support Janinne’s London to Paris Bike Ride in aid of Carefree Kids

London Paris Bike Ride graphicPlease support Janinne Legg’s who is aiming to cycle almost 200 miles from London to Paris in just 3 days in aid of Carefree Kids. 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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Class teacher about a child excluded three times for aggression

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“S is much calmer in class and has changed a lot. Her behaviour is much better. She will sit and concentrate. She did a maths test recently and moved up two sub-levels. This is unheard of for S. and I didn’t believe it so I made her take it again. And she did it again!”

Special Educational Needs Coordinator

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You’re so helpful. It really does benefit the children so much.


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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.’