Children’s charity gets £250,000 to expand into neighbouring boroughs (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Children’s charity, Carefree Kids, gets £250,000 to expand into neighbouring boroughs
A charity which helps children in schools who need extra support because they have problems at home or may have experienced abuse has been given lottery funding to expand their services into Hackney and Enfield.
Carefree Kids, based in High Road, Leyton, has been helping children in Waltham Forest for ten years, starting with just ten children at Leytonstone Primary School in 2003.
Their low cost, volunteer-led service is now working with around 120 children a year and deemed so effective that the Big Lottery are funding them to take on a new coordinator and a raft of new adult volunteers to give emotional support to children who need it in other areas.
Catherine Pamplin, 35, a coordinators at Carefree Kids, said: “It means that more children can get some help that wouldn’t otherwise be getting it.”
Less than two full time coordinators currently manage 40 volunteers working with 120 children at any one time with 30 volunteers in training, so the new funding will “make a massive difference,” said Ms Pamplin.
If you are interested in volunteering at Care Free Kids, you can contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Carefree Kids requires an enhanced criminal record check for all volunteers before placing them with children and while they will not discriminate against those who have a disclosure, the role is not suitable for anyone with a disclosure relating to children.
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