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Giving young people in and leaving care the chance to do things for themselves and others

Giving young people in and leaving care the chance to do things for themselves and others

Carefree is an independent Cornish charity set up in 2005 by a group of 6 young people with one youth worker. We work with young people in and leaving care, and sometimes with young people on the edge of care. Over the years we have grown to be county wide, working with about half of the eligible young people in care in Cornwall at any one time.

Our office base is in Redruth but we run activities in places like Penzance, Falmouth, Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Launceston and Bude as well – and we will do our best to get young people to us if we can’t get to them.

We focus on positive activities and projects that help young people develop their social and emotional skills so that they have a better chance of growing up into positive healthy citizens.

We want to encourage young people to work with others and we try to role model this ourselves by working in partnership with other agencies who are trying to help young people have positive outcomes. For example we are a member of Cornwall Youth Work Partnership and we work very closely with Cornwall Council, particularly the social work and education departments.


We get young people involved with Carefree in 2 main ways; through taking part in an ‘original’ summer programme or by coming to an Edulink group – please see ‘Outdoors Carefree’ and ‘Edulink’ pages.

Young people can refer themselves, and we send out information about the summer programmes coming up via social workers, foster carers, residential workers and others every spring.

Carers, social workers and teachers can also refer but the young person has to make the final decision about whether to attend.

In addition, we can only work with young people with the agreement of their social worker – we’re young person centred, but we also believe in working closely with the others whose role it is to support young people.