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


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 …

A unique raffle prize donated by V&A artist Barnaby Barford — Buy your tickets now!

Victoria 2 Back to School Barnaby RutherfordThe star prize in our raffle to be drawn at our FunDraising event on 17 April will be a signed artist proof sample from the Tower of Babel project by artist Barnaby Barford, who is currently exhibiting at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

There are lots of other prizes available and tickets are only £1 for a strip of 5 — and you can buy your tickets before the event through MyDonate, so you don’t miss out! Read more …

Come to our FunDraising event Sunday 17 April

Come to our funDraising event on Sunday 17 April. There’s ll be a magician and ventriloquist, dancing, food and more. You can even perform yourself. All welcome! Find out 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…

Charity Dance Event

One of our supporters is organising a Charity Dance Event in aid of Action Aid, Haldane [solicitors for refugees] and CAAT [Campaign Against the Arms Trade] in Walthamstow on Saturday, 19 March 2016 and we’ve been asked to share details of this event. 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 …

The Mayor of Waltham Forest, Councillor Saima MahmudMayor to visit Carefree Kids

The Mayor of Waltham Forest, Councillor Saima Mahmud will be visiting Carefree Kids on Tuesday 15 March to join volunteers for lunch, and to view our Learning Centre and therapeutic space at our offices at Community Place, Leyton. Read more …

Study Day on Saturday 23 April 2016

Book now for our next Study Day on Saturday 23 April 2016. Everybody is welcome — volunteers old and new and other interested parties. Guest chef and and nutrition event, case studies, guest speakers, role play, safeguarding and more! Read more and how to book …

Trustee meeting at fire station

Carefree Kids will be holding their next trustee meeting on Tuesday 1 March at Walthamstow Fire Station. The meeting will start at 6.30pm. 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.

Coming Through Exhibition

Two or our volunteer play workers are also artists and they have put together an exciting exhibition at the Centre for Better Health in Hackney in the first two weeks of November.

The opening is on the 6 November 2015 anytime between 5-9pm and everyone is welcome. Read more…

Shopping at Waitrose Stratford? Support Carefree Kids!

We are delighted to let you know that Carefree Kids has been selected as one of the Community Matters charities for the month of October 2015 at Waitrose Stratford in Westfield Stratford City.

If you happen to be shopping in the branch do please put your green coins in the Carefree Kids box!

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 …

Fundraising initiative raises nearly £900

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Car boot sale raises £200 — Thank you Cindy!

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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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‘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.’

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!”

Student on placement with us

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We are really privileged to work with Carefree Kids. Other students are envious of our placement.