Here at Carefree Kids we strive to support children, young people, parents/carers and their communities to…
- Gain improved emotional well-being and mental health
- Thrive (rather than simply survive)
- Participate in healthier relationships
- Raise resilience levels and coping strategies
- Take up new opportunities, realise potential and improve attainment
- Gain confidence and ability to make healthy choices
- Develop self-esteem to participate positively in community
Carefree Kids is a small but expanding charity based in Waltham Forest, London. We offer support to children and young people and parents/carers with the aim of improving mental health, resilience, confidence and coping. Carefree Kids aims to provide services which are affordable, accessible, flexible and tailored to support individual needs.
We use the non-directive, child-led model of therapeutic play, in addition to other modalities including art therapy and counselling.
Our main service is the provision of one-to-one therapeutic play sessions for children in their own school during the school day. We also provide counselling and arts therapies, and this often particularly benefits older children according to their needs and preferences. We work in primary and secondary schools in the London borough of Waltham Forest and neighbouring boroughs such as Newham and Redbridge.
Each session with a child is 45 minutes in length and these occur weekly during term time. The period of time over which therapeutic play sessions are provided is open ended with no fixed time limits imposed; thus respecting the child or young person’s own particular support needs. At a time where short term interventions are increasingly common, our approach allows for a meaningful period of time for the child to work through their processes at a pace that works for them.
The therapeutic play sessions are facilitated by our dedicated team of trained volunteer facilitators who come from all walks of life and backgrounds. We also offer placements for students on certain counselling and therapy courses, including play, art and drama therapies. All volunteers attend free weekly supervision / training groups led by qualified therapists –a chance to gain extensive knowledge and understanding of the value of therapeutic play.
We also offer one-to-one support and counselling for parents and carers. We offer tailored trainings in therapeutic play and therapeutic responses to schools and parents/carers.