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

All our volunteer roles are unpaid, though out of pocket expenses may be paid in some circumstances, where these are agreed in advance.

For most of our volunteers 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 volunteers. You don’t need to be experienced at working with children as we will provide training 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.

New volunteers are asked to attend a group induction and then training and supervision groups.

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
  • HR
  • IT
  • websites (WordPress)

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


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
  • practical help with food, cleaning etc. at our study days

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 free of charge 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.