It is now a year since Carefree Kids closed. We have submitted our final set of accounts and are now taking the last few formal steps to wind up the charity.
When I announced the sad news that we would be closing Carefree Kids, I talked about how proud we all were of the charity’s achievements over its 15 year history and about leaving a legacy from our work.
For me, the most important way in which Carefree Kids lives on is through the lives of the hundreds of young people, many now adults, who we were able to help and support through difficult times in their childhood.
We also leave a legacy in terms of a passion for looking out for young people’s mental health among the wonderful people involved with the charity, including the many volunteer facilitators who we trained and supervised to deliver therapeutic play and other services. I have been struck, since the charity closed, by how many of the people involved with Carefree Kids have immediately found other ways to help young people locally.
In addition, there is a modest financial legacy, as there was around £1,000 left in our bank account once we had met all of our obligations. At our final trustees meeting it was agreed that we would split any remaining funds between two great charities: Young Minds and the Walthamstow Toy Library, who will each – in their own ways – continue our mission to support the wellbeing and mental health of our young people.
2020 has been a tough year for everybody, with additional social and emotional burdens placed on children in the struggle to contain Covid 19. Especially in these difficult times we must remember the importance and magic of childhood, creating space for fun and laughter, helping our kids to become and stay carefree.