Wanted: Active Chair of Trustees for Carefree Kids

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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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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.


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


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


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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Poetry competition book of winning poems now on Ebay

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Last year we organised a poetry competition and the book of winning poems ‘Crying for the Lost Tigers’ has now been published and is available to buy on eBay.

The book costs just £10.

This booklet of 33 pages features the 30 winning poems from our fundraising poetry competition.

The competition took place in 2016 and was generously sponsored by The Stow Brothers estate agents of Walthamstow.

Inviting people to send in poems about families—in all their aspects—brings up moving material. The 123 poems we received for our first ever poetry competition at Carefree Kids charity makes it clear that most emotions under the sun are evoked by putting feelings, thoughts and memories about this topic into words: the joy, stress, lack, longing, amazement, delight, reverence, humour, gratitude, anger, struggle, sadness, devotion, questions (‘Who is the parent and who is the child?’)

Ros Kane
Founder, Carefree Kids

Buy the book on eBay

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New trustees wanted

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Are you interested in being a trustee for Carefree Kids?

Trustees are voluntary positions that are responsible for leading the charity and deciding how it is run, including:

  • setting and monitoring the charity’s strategy
  • ensuring the charity meets its legal and financial commitments
  • ensuring the charity acts within its ‘charitable objectives’ — the reason for the charity’s existence as registered with the Charity Commission

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