Events

Balloons Family Day at The Donkey Santuary

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We’re very excited to be holding our next Balloons Family Day at The Donkey Sanctuary on 3rd August 2017.  The day will be full of fun activities as well as a chance for the children supported by Balloons to look after a donkey for the day.  We’re so pleased to be able to offer this to 10 families we have supported in the past.  The day is now fully booked and the Balloons team are really looking forward to it.

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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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Bunyip Beads Jewellery Activity

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A small group of children supported by Balloons took part in a jewellery making activity at Bunyip Beads, Exeter on Saturday 13th May.  It was a lovely session and the girls loved the necklaces and bracelets they made.  We look forward to repeating the activity again soon.  It was also really wonderful to look around the shop and get lots of inspiration for new creative interventions we could use with young people.

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Dying Matters Awareness Week

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This week is Dying Matters Awareness week.  On Monday evening staff and volunteers from Balloons were fortunate to attend an event with ‘Grief Works’ author Julia Samuel at Waterstones.  Julia’s book ‘Grief Works’ is a new addition to the Balloons resource library so we were so pleased when she announced that she’d be at Waterstones in Exeter to share some of her expertise.  The event was very well attended and it was also lovely to talk to so many people who are interested ...

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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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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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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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Balloons Activity Day 11th March 2017

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We’re all set for our 1st activity day of this year which is taking place on Saturday 11th March.  We’ve had so much interest we’ve had to nearly double the size of the group!  19 children and young people aged between 6 and 16 will be joining us for raft building, abseiling and artificial caving at Haven Banks.  We’re so excited to see faces old and new.  WATCH THIS SPACE AFTER 11TH MARCH FOR PHOTOS FROM THE DAY. KEEP IT UNDER ...

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Tall Ships Activity for Bereaved Teens

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We’re delighted to announce that we’re teaming up with The Island Trust to provide bereaved teenagers supported by Balloons with the unique opportunity to have a days sailing in a Tall Ships experience.  We will be taking 11 young people aged 12-16 out on the Tectona; The Island Trusts’ largest vessel, from Plymouth Yacht Haven on Saturday 8th April.  We’re really excited about this new addition to our activity day and to The Island Trust for offering us the chance ...

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