Volunteering is a way of giving back to your local community, making new friends and learning new skills.

All our volunteer roles are unpaid, although some expenses may be paid in some circumstances.

For most of our volunteer roles you will need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Standard or Enhanced Check, which we can arrange for you (DBS checks have replaced CRB checks).

Therapeutic play

We are always looking for new volunteer facilitators. You don’t need to be experienced at working with children as we will provide ongoing training and supervision in non-directive therapeutic play.

Men and women of all ages and backgrounds along with students on therapy or counselling placements are welcome to apply.

Initially new volunteers attend an information workshop at Carefree Kids to find out more details about volunteering with the charity and non-directive therapeutic play in particular. We then accept application forms and invite suitable applicants to a short interview.  Successful applicants may start with Carefree Kids and join a training/supervision group subject to satisfactory references and in-house DBS application and check.

There are 9 weekly training/supervision groups during term time. These are run by a team of highly experienced supervisors trained in a range of therapeutic disciplines. These groups are an opportunity to discuss work with children in a confidential setting, reflect on sessions and any themes arising and self exploration – in an ongoing supportive learning environment. We also run study days during the year, in which certain themes and topics can be studied in further depth, with the addition of a range of specialist speakers contributing.

When a volunteer is ready, he or she is allocated one child or more to see weekly in school during school time for 45 minutes sessions.

When support is offered to parents this is provided by our volunteer student counsellors at our Walthamstow centre.

Read more about being a Therapeutic Play volunteer with Carefree Kids.

Professional support

If you have professional qualifications and/or experience in any of the following areas, we’d love to hear from you:

  • finance
  • fundraising
  • legal
  • HR
  • IT
  • websites (WordPress)

We have roles for individuals to provide ad-hoc support and advice, plus roles as Committee members and Trustees.

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General support

We also have roles for people who simply want to help out but haven’t got particular qualifications or experience in roles such as:

  • office support and administration
  • fundraising (local events and research into applications to funding bodies)
  • leafleting and promotion
  • transport
  • toys acquisition and maintenance

Volunteer Handbook

A copy of our Volunteer Handbook can be downloaded under Volunteer team.

Contact us about volunteer roles

Please go to our Contact us page to see how to apply to be a volunteer with Carefree Kids.

For specific volunteer roles please see Jobs and volunteer vacancies.

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Introduction to Carefree Kids video

An Introduction to Carefree Kids, a film made in 2014 for Carefree Kids by Chime Communications. Staff and volunteers speak about the charity and what volunteering and working for the charity has been like for them.

See our other videos here.