Ten local teenagers recruited through The Challenge — a charity that runs youth and community programmes with the aim of mixing diverse groups of people with each other — raised £338 for Carefree Kids in just a few hours this summer — money that will go towards buying a new laptop for Carefree Kids’ training work.
The students first met with Carefree Kids volunteers Lucille Grant and Gudrun Osborne in August, where they visited the Carefree Kids Learning Centre in Bakers Arms, Leyton.
The students were accompanied by their learning mentors. To help them understand Carefree Kids’ work better they were asked to choose a toy from the Carefree Kids’ resources and then to explain why they had chosen that particular toy. They were encouraged to remember their very young childhood and how it had felt. They all enjoyed this activity and it gave the Carefree Kids volunteers and the teenagers a chance to get to know each other better.
With balloons stamped with the Carefree Kids logo, paid for by The Challenge, the teenagers, and Lucille and Gudrun from Carefree Kids, went to the foyer of Tesco’s at Bakers Arms near the Carefree Kids office.
At Tesco’s the teenagers helped customers packing their shopping at the tills, handed out balloons in the foyer and with collecting boxes and buckets to raise money.
The teenagers also set up a stall in the Mall near Walthamstow market where they again gave away balloons, did face painting for the children, and made wristbands with the words ‘Living Carefree’.
Praising them, Lucille Grant said: “The teenagers from The Challenge did really well promoting Carefree Kids and the work we do in the local boroughs — a great couple of days, with great satisfaction all round”.
The Challenge is the UK’s leading charity for building a more integrated society. The Challenge works on a local level to connect people together across all ages and walks of life. The Challenge believes in communities where people feel at home with each other, no matter their age, income or ethnicity. They believe in building trust between all groups of people in society and believe differences don’t need to divide us.