Volunteers’ Day Out 12 June 2018

Volunteers Day Out 12 June 2018

Carefree Kids volunteers enjoyed a wonderful day out to Sussex on 12th June 2018, courtesy of our fantastic funders, the Vintners Company.

We were treated to a trip on the scenic Bluebell steam railway (with one of our volunteers on the footplate!), lunch and a farm visit with some wonderful displays of yeomanry, martial arts and music producing.

A great way to say thank you to our lovely volunteers and all the valuable work they do with children.


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Wanted: Active Chair of Trustees for Carefree Kids

Chair of Trustees graphic

Wanted: Active Chair of Trustees for a Waltham Forest based children’s mental health charity entering an exciting phase of development and diversification.

We are looking for someone with the time, energy and commitment to help us move forward with our plans.

What we can offer:

  • The chance to work collaboratively with our dedicated and well-qualified staff, trustees and volunteers.
  • The prospect of making a real difference to children, young people, their parents, carers and schools in Waltham Forest and neighbouring boroughs.
  • The opportunity to build on what we have already achieved at this time when the need to improve our young people’s mental health is all too apparent.
  • The opportunity to receive training.

What we need:

  • Someone who has the time, energy and enthusiasm to commit to us for at least 2 years. You will need to be prepared to give time as required in addition to attending and chairing meetings. As well as 4 full trustee meetings a year, you would also need to attend a trustee training session, an annual strategy day and be involved in a minimum of one of our sub-committees.
  • Someone who lives close enough to our office near to Blackhorse Road station to be able to attend meetings and drop in when necessary.
  • Someone with a real interest in working therapeutically with children, young people and their families. You may have a background in health, mental health, therapies, education or social work (through paid or voluntary work), but may know about this area through your own lived experience.
  • Someone with an understanding of the Charity Sector and of the responsibilities of being a trustee – training and information is available and we have current trustees with a wide range of knowledge and skills who will give their full support.
  • Someone who can demonstrate leadership and who is used to collaborating with and motivating groups of people in a positive way.
  • A good communicator who can champion our organisation.

It would be useful if you could offer expertise in any of the following:

  • Fundraising
  • Human Resources
  • PR
  • Business management

We welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

Find out more and apply

Please contact our office for the opportunity to find out more about us and to discuss your interest.


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Thank you Holy Family School Waltham Forest

Holy Family School and First Give

A big thank you to Holy Family School and a special thank you to the 6 children who presented with great skill on behalf of Carefree Kids and also collected over £85 for our charity through the sale of snacks and donations at their event on 16 May.

We would also like to thank the school staff and First Give for supporting the students with this.

Although we didn’t win the £1,000 it was a great night and wonderful to see all the effort, creativity and passion the children put into their presentations.


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Our new office

Sutherland House, Sutherland Road, Walthamstow, E17 6BU
Sutherland House travel map
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We have moved from Bakers’ Arms to our new office:

Unit DA2, Sutherland House, Sutherland Road, Walthamstow, E17 6BU

The new office is in the Higham’s Hill area of Walthamstow, not far from Forest Road and Blackhorse Road.

The new office is a lovely bright and spacious self contained unit in an art deco building which was once a toy factory. The space will give us more flexibility in our working practice.

Telephone and email

These remain the same. Please see the Contact page for details.

Travel

Because of the nature of our work we can only accept visitors by appointment. Please contact us before you travel.

Underground

The nearest tube station is Blackhorse Road, one stop from Walthamstow Central on the Victoria Line.

Buses

The nearest bus routes are:

W15 The nearest stop is on Higham Hill Road (Hillyfield Primary School stop). Then walk down Higham Street and into Sutherland Road (about 5 minutes). The W15 runs from Hackney Central via Leytonstone, Whipps Cross, Bakers Arms and Walthamstow Central to William Morris School. Website:
TFL Route W15
W15 timetable
TFL Spider map (pdf file)

158 The nearest stop is on Blackhorse Lane (Priestley Way stop) if travelling from Blackhorse Road (alternatively there is a stop on Higham Hill Road if you are travelling from the other direction). From Blackhorse Lane walk through Sutherland Path (pedestrian only alleyway) and right into Sutherland Road (about 5 minutes). The 158 runs from Chingford Mount to Stratford Bus Station via Larkswood Road, Walthamstow Stadium, Forest Road, Blackhorse Station and then onto St James St Station, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton Station, Stratford. Website:
TFL Route 158
158 timetable
TFL spider map (pdf file)

Car parking

We strongly advise the use of public transport when travelling to Sutherland House.

Sutherland Road is in Controlled Parking Zone HF. In very exceptional cases (eg if you have a disability or are transporting items on behalf of Carefree Kids) we may be able to arrange a parking permit.

Please telephone the office before making a journey.

The nearest car is an NCP car park by Blackhorse Road station. This is an approximately 15 minute walk to our office.

Cheaper car parking is available in Walthamstow, but is much further away: Parkopedia.co.uk Walthamstow.

Google Maps

Please note it will take a while for Google to move our marker from our old address!


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Join Carefree Kids at this year’s Charity Walk for Peace, 29 April 2018

Charity Walk for Peace 2018 graphic

Join us at the fantastic event Charity Walk for Peace, which Carefree Kids was involved in last year. This year the event will be held in Royal Windsor Great Park.

Last year’s event was a lot of fun and there was a wonderful feeling of peace and community.

We would like to invite you to come along to experience this — and if you and your friends and family would like to help us at Carefree Kids to raise funds by completing a simple sponsored walk, do please register by clicking the link below. Funds raised for each charity will be match funded by the walk organisers.

There is also match funding available which means our fundraising efforts would be increased and perhaps even doubled!

This is a very gentle short walk, children and dogs are welcome, there are also refreshments available on the day.

We hope to see you in Windsor this April.

More information and how to register and donate

Website: Charity Walk for Peace 2018

How to register

Registration:

How to donate


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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (and Christmas closing times)

We would like to wish everyone we work with, and all our volunteers, staff and trustees a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Christmas and New Year closing times

Over the Christmas/New Year period, our office will close on Thursday 21 December 2017 at 5pm and will reopen on Wednesday 3 January 2018 at 9.30am.


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Come and see us at the Charity Craft Fair on Saturday (25 November)

Craft Fair graphic

Come and see us on the Carefree Kids stall at the Charity Craft Fair on Saturday 25 November 2017, from 11-3pm. They’ll be lots to see and do, an it’s an ideal place to do some early Christmas shopping! Continue reading Come and see us at the Charity Craft Fair on Saturday (25 November)