Carefree Kids was set up by Ros Kane who qualified with the Guild of Psychotherapists in 1983.

In 1992, Ros sat in the office of a head teacher at a local primary school who said, ‘There are at least eight children in this school who will commit homicide or suicide by the age of twenty.’

Ros’s reaction was: ‘If we know this, why on earth isn’t something being done about it?’ Carefree Kids eventually came into being as a result.

Ros knew that there were many local people wanting to help children’s emotional health but, for one reason or another, could not enrol on an accredited course. By harnessing their enthusiasm as volunteers, and training and supervising them, some of the gap in provision could be filled.

The charity (formally established in 2005) has grown from its first days based in Ros’s spare room in Leytonstone, via two rooms in Greater London House, Leytonstone, to its present location in three rooms at Community Place in Leyton, at the centre of the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Hear from Ros about why she set up Carefree Kids in this video

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Key milestones

  • 2015 Sell out Carefree Grooves concert
  • 2014 Christel Hawkins elected as Chair of Carefree Kids
  • 2014 Marta Badia joined Carefree Kids as a part-time operational and therapeutic services coordinator
  • 2014 Chime international communications and marketing group graduate scheme chose Carefree Kids as its charity to work with, developing PR, communications and marketing
  • 2014 Before Becoming a Parent Course launched
  • 2013 Jemma Moonie-Dalton and Alison Dunne joined as volunteer coordinators
  • 2013 Moved into Community Place, Bakers’ Arms, Leyton
  • 2013 Awarded £250,000 grant from the National Lottery Fund over five years
  • 2013 Awarded a third and final grant from the Henry Smith Charity for our co-ordinator post
  • 2013  Our long-term volunteer Colin Bilton announced as Volunteer of the Year runner up in the Love Your Borough Awards
  • 2012 First runner entered in London Marathon
  • 2012 Sell out concert organised with international cellist Alexander Baillie
  • 2011 Friends of Carefree Kids launched
  • 2011 Anne Dufton appointed as Chair of Carefree Kids
  • 2010 Awarded London Borough of Waltham Forest Love Your Borough Health and Well-Being Award
  • 2010 Sophia Dalley joined the Carefree Kids staff team
  • 2010 Awarded 3 year Grant by Henry Smith for a second time
  • 2010 Catherin Pamplin joined the Carefree Kids staff team
  • 2008 Moved into GLA House, High Road, Leytonstone
  • 2007 Sophia Dalley joined Carefree Kids as a volunteer
  • 2007 Awarded a 3 year grant by  the Henry Smith Charity for a full time co-ordinator post
  • 2006 Mobile therapy playbus donated to Carefree Kids by the London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • 2005 Carefree Kids registered as a charitable company
  • 2004 Carefree Kids started