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Balloons announced as Finalist in Exeter Living Awards

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Balloons are delighted to announce that we are a Finalist in the charity category of the Exeter Living Awards.  The awards, which are now in their 3rd year have gained momentum and become a real badge of honour for both finalists and eventual winners.  Previous winners of the charity category were Citizens Advice Bureau in 2017 and Exeter Foodbank in 2016.  Balloons finds ourselves amongst some very strong competition in this category but have everything crossed for the award.  The ...

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Thank You to All our Supporters

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We’re hugely grateful to all our supporters who make it possible for Balloons to continue to provide our vital support to children and young people bereaved of a loved one.  We have received donations since December from St James’ Church, Ubi, Exeter Kidney Unit at the RD&E, Maynards school, Haywards Primary school and Sid Valley Rotary Club.  We’re so grateful to everyone who has donated or fundraised on our behalf, it all makes a difference to Balloons and the children ...

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The Tally Ho! Inn, Exeter raises over £1,200 for Tall Ships activity day

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We’re so grateful to The Tally Ho! Inn who have worked hard fundraising for Balloons (Devon) over the past month.  Their charity cycle ride and BBQ event managed to raised £1,258 in total which the owners Debs and Ed have asked be allocated to our next Tall Ships activity day for bereaved teenagers supported by Balloons.  We’re immensely grateful for all their support and that we will be able to run the Tall Ships activity day again with The Island ...

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Balloons supported by St David’s Players performances of ‘Gondoliers’

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Thank you to everyone involved with The St David’s Players and The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter for making us so welcome at all their performances of ‘Gondoliers’ throughout the week beginning Tuesday 10th October.  Staff and volunteers attended each performance that week to make collections for Balloons (Devon) and sell raffle tickets.  We very much enjoyed attending and are delighted that the collections and raffles raised just over £700 with further funds expected from the sale of tickets from their charity ...

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Find out about volunteering for Balloons on Wednesday 14th June

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We’re holding a Volunteer Drop-in Day on Wednesday 14th June for anyone interested in volunteering with Balloons – contact Donna James at donnajames@balloonscharity.co.uk for more details.

An amazing opportunity for you to change the lives of bereaved children and young people in Exeter, Mid and East Devon

A variety of roles are available at Balloons for those wanting to volunteer; including Grief Support work, fundraising and assisting with activity days.

Train to be a volunteer Grief Support Worker with ...

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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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NEW Twilight Training for Professionals in Supporting Bereaved Children

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We’ve just added a date to our Twilight Training session for School Staff & other Professionals.  This 2 hour introduction to working with bereaved children and young people is suitable for a range of practitioners such as family support workers, healthcare providers, school counsellors, teaching assistants, SENCOs, Headteachers, classroom teachers.  The training will take place at our Exeter offices on Tuesday 16th May 2017, 5.00-7.00pm.  For ...

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Balloons & CBBC’s Blue Peter at Haven Banks

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Children and young people at our raft building, abseiling and caving activity at Haven Banks on 11th March were delighted to be joined by BBC presenter Lindsey Russell from the children’s television programme Blue Peter.  We were pleased to welcome Lindsey and the crew to film children aged 6-14 who have been given grief support by Balloons.  Several of the children were interviewed and we were so pleased to see the programme aired on Thursday 16th March on the CBBC channel.  ...

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Childrens Mental Health Week

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6th – 12th February is Childrens Mental Health Week so don’t be surprised if you see a lot of Tweets and Facebook posts around child mental health from Balloons over the next 7 days.  Hosted by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, this year the theme is ‘spread a little kindness’. Children go through tough times just like the rest of us and while we cannot always change their circumstances, a small gesture – whether it’s lending a listening ear, offering ...

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Fret-me-not Dolls

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Thank you to Julia at Peggies Peg Dolls for supplying us with a new stock of fret-me-not dolls.  These hand-painted wooden dolls are a great resource as a worry doll for children who are struggling with anxiety or sleep problems after a bereavement   We’re looking forward to sharing them with bereaved children we support as they have gone down really well with the children we’ve given them to so far.

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