CharityDetail

What it does
    Free to Be Kids provides respite holidays, therapeutic adventures, after-school support and a range of year round residentials for children who are struggling with social or emotional difficulties, significant social/financial disadvantage or who are growing up in marginalised communities. Without our work, many would not have support or a break from often extremely difficult home circumstances.
Who it helps
  • Children/young People
Sector(s) covered
  • Education/training
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
  • Recreation
  • Other Charitable Purposes
Where it operates
  • Throughout London, Surrey, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Essex
How it's governed
  • UK Charity, number: 1165678
  • First registered on 22/02/2016
Financial Data
Y/E Income Expenditure Surplus Filed on
05/12/2017 £64,048 £55,255 £8,793 04/02/2018
05/12/2016 £16,881 £15,795 £1,086 11/01/2017
Donations received

Over the last five years they've received significant donations from 1 grant making charity totalling £216,000

Amount/
When
Donor To be used for
£72,000
30/09/2018
Greater London Authority To help children and young people fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime.
£72,000
30/09/2018
Greater London Authority Thrive Outside Programme (Funding for a Project Worker) To provide therapeutically-structured/nature-based residential programmes, mentoring and a Young Leader’s programme to support vulnerable children to change their stories about who they are and who they can be, leading to children feeling and doing better, at school, home, and in wider lives.
£72,000
30/09/2018
Greater London Authority To help children and young people fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime.
Governance
Trustees (7)
  • Madi Maxwell-Libby
  • Rosie Atkinson
  • Debbie Boughtflower
  • David Van Eeghen
  • Dr Gemma Cheney
  • Amy Gutcher
  • Chris Butterfield
Main office

CAN Mezzanine
7-14 Great Dover Street
London
SE1 4YR

Objectives

THE OBJECTS OF FREE TO BE KIDS AS THEY APPEAR WITHIN SECTION (3) (THE "OBJECTS" CLAUSE) OF THE GOVERNING DOCUMENT ARE AS FOLLOWS: 3. OBJECT[S] (1) THE OBJECTS OF THE CIO ARE, FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT, THE RELIEF OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE RESIDING IN LONDON AND THE SOUTH-EAST WHO ARE IN NEED BY REASON OF THEIR YOUTH, ILL-HEALTH, DISABILITY, FINANCIAL HARDSHIP OR OTHER DISADVANTAGE VIA THE PROVISION OF SERVICES THAT: (A) SUPPORT THEM TO DEVELOP BETTER EMOTIONAL HEALTH, BUILD INNER STRENGTHS TO OVERCOME CHALLENGES WITHIN THEIR LIVES AND CONSEQUENTLY TO MANAGE BETTER WITHIN SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS AT HOME, SCHOOL OR WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITIES. (B) PROVIDE PRACTICAL SUPPORT, ADVICE OR GUIDANCE. (C) INCREASE ACCESS TO NEW OR ENRICHING EXPERIENCES THAT WILL FACILITATE SOCIAL LEARNING AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW SKILLS. (2) IN PARTICULAR, BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY, WE WILL PROVIDE: (A) A RANGE OF THERAPEUTIC ADVENTURES AND RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS. (B) INDIVIDUAL MENTORING SUPPORT. (C) GROUP BASED ACTIVITIES WITH A THERAPEUTIC COMPONENT. (D) GROUP BASED ACTIVITIES THAT SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW LIFE SKILLS. (3) DEFINITIONS: FOR THE PURPOSES OF THESE CLAUSES: (A) 'CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE' MEANS INDIVIDUALS AGED 0-18. (SUPPORT MAY BE EXTENDED TO THE FAMILIES OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD THE PRINCIPLE AIM OF THIS SUPPORT BE TO BENEFIT A PARTICULAR CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON WITHIN THE FAMILY.) (B) 'LONDON AND THE SOUTH EAST' MEANS ANY OF THE LONDON BOROUGHS AND ANY COUNTY SHARING A BOUNDARY WITH A LONDON BOROUGH, NAMELY ESSEX, HERTFORDSHIRE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, BERKSHIRE, SURREY AND KENT. ADDITIONALLY THE COUNTIES OF OXFORDSHIRE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND EAST & WEST SUSSEX ARE INCLUDED WITHIN THE DEFINITION. (C) 'EMOTIONAL HEALTH' MEANS THOSE ASPECTS OF AN INDIVIDUAL'S PSYCHOLOGICAL MAKE UP WHICH AFFECT CAPACITY TO APPROPRIATELY RECOGNISE AND DISPLAY EMOTION, THEIR SENSE OF WHO THEY ARE IN THE WORLD AND THEIR CAPACITY TO RESPOND TO SOCIAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL CHALLENGES. (D) 'SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS' MEANS INTERACTIONS WITH OTHERS IN SOCIETY E.G. SIBLINGS, PARENTS, FRIENDS, SCHOOL TEACHERS, CLASSMATES. (E) 'THERAPEUTIC' MEANS EITHER INTRINSICALLY BY ITS NATURE, OR SPECIFICALLY IN THE WAY THE ACTIVITY IS SET UP, SUPPORTIVE TO RECOVERING FROM A DIFFICULTY OR PROBLEM. SPECIFICALLY IN THIS CASE DIFFICULTIES IN TERMS OF EMOTIONAL HEALTH. (F) 'RESIDENTIAL' MEANS THE PROJECT WILL CONTAIN AT LEAST ONE OVERNIGHT STAY AWAY FROM THE CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON'S HOME. (4) NOTHING IN THIS CONSTITUTION SHALL AUTHORISE AN APPLICATION OF THE PROPERTY OF THE CIO FOR THE PURPOSES WHICH ARE NOT CHARITABLE IN ACCORDANCE WITH UK LAW.