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Haven Banks Activity Day for Bereaved Young People

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We were delighted to hold another of our activity days at Haven Banks for young people supported by Balloons on Saturday. 16 children and young people attended the archery and kayaking activities at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre .  Thank you to Phil and Sophie from Michelmores who volunteered on the day, and to Jesse and Joe our Haven Banks instructors for ensuring everyone had a great time.  We’re very much looking forward to the next Haven Banks activity day on ...

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Naomi J Ryan & Kinderkare Family Fun Day

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On Thursday 14th April staff from Naomi J Ryan estate agents and Kinderkare nursery held a family fun day for Balloons in Princesshay.  The day, which featured face painting, Easter craft activities, a lucky dip and Build-a-Bear raffle was great fun and we were lucky with the sunshine. The day raised £150 for Balloons and was a great opportunity for Jo and Donna from the Balloons team to meet with local people.  We even got to meet a couple of ...

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Global’s Make Some Noise Raises £57,000 for Balloons

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Thursday 14th April was a busy and exciting day for Balloons which made a spectacular start with the announcement on Heart South West that Global’s Make Some Noise have raised £57,000 for Balloons.  The Balloons team were speechless when we found out as it was over double the amount that we were expecting.  Balloons CEO Sara Bennett was delighted to accept the cheque on the charity’s behalf.  Thank you some much Global, Heart South West and listeners who helped achieve ...

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Tall Ships Activity Day sponsored by The Exeter

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Balloons and The Island Trust joined forces for an incredible day of sailing from Plymouth Yacht Haven for teenagers supported by Balloons on Saturday 8th April.  A huge thank you to local insurance company The Exeter who sponsored this activity day and covered the cost of taking 10 young people out on the yacht Tectona for the day.  We had glorious sunshine and smooth sailing.  Everyone got the chance to steer the yacht and raise the sails. Its an activity we definitely ...

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A New & Exciting Year for Balloons

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Welcome to 2017.  Balloons are very excited about the year to come.

So here’s a quick summary of what you can expect from us in 2017:

  • Volunteer training courses in January, April & September
  • 10+ Activity Days for children & young people who have had 1-2-1 support from Balloons
  • 2+ Family Days for children & young people who have had 1-2-1 support from Balloons
  • Agency Training sessions including twilight & breakfast sessions for professionals around bereavement & loss

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Mt Kilimanjaro challenge

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Local man, John Ponsford has chosen to fundraise for Balloons after his wife arranged a trip for him to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in March.  John has already undertaken training on Dartmoor and North Wales to prepare himself for the challenge.  The adventure starts on 13th March 2015 when John will be flying from Heathrow and the climb via the Machame route will begin on 15th March.  If you would like to sponsor John or send donations please visit http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/JohnPonsford.  We wish ...

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Balloons Service extended to include 18-25s

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Balloons are pleased to announced that we are now in a position to be able to receive referrals for 18-24 year olds before an expected death, or following the death, of someone significant in their lives.  Grief Support Workers wishing to work with young adults will receive additional training to support this age group in October 2014 in order to extend our bereavement services.

 

If you are 18-24 and you would like to discuss a possible referral to Balloons please contact ...

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New Resource: Remembering Hare

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Remembering Hare, the follow up to Saying Goodbye to Hare, written by Carol Lee (a Balloons volunteer) and published by Southgate Publishers is available to buy at Waterstones, Exeter, or direct from the Publisher by clicking here. We also have order forms for both books at our office. If you would like an order form, please contact Jo on 01392 826065 or email admin@balloons-devon.org.uk.

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Children in Need

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One of the biggest events of the year has been our appearance on Children in Need this November. This offered Balloons an unprecedented opportunity to reach a national audience and as a consequence Balloons have been inundated with requests from people wishing to become volunteers, wishing to show their support and of course by donations.

We would also like to extend a massive thank you to the Brookes family for sharing their story with the Nation. We thank them from the ...

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