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Casework Coordinator & Resources Manager required

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Balloons are seeking a part-time Casework Coordinator & Resources Manager to join our small team, working with bereaved children and young people in Exeter, Mid and East Devon.

For full details of this wonderful opportunity to work with a respected local charity please visit https://www.devonjobs.gov.uk/social-care-health-balloons-charity-casework-co-ordinator-and-resources-manager/56822.job

Closing date for applications is 29th September 2017.

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Big Lottery Funding

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Balloons are delighted to announce that from September 2017 we will be part-funded by Big Lottery for the next 3 years.  We are so pleased that Big Lottery have recognised the value of our work in Exeter, Mid and East Devon and have demonstrated their belief in our charity with this grant funding.

For more details on how we will be supported by Big Lottery please download our Big Lottery Press Release August 2017

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Tom Gale’s Continental Divide Trail

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In May 2017 Tom Gale started his solo and unsupported trek across America from Mexico to Canada on the Continental Divide Trail. The trail, which he expects to take around 5 months follows the rocky mountains through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. At its shortest is 2800miles and at its longest is 3100 miles depending on snow conditions and route choices.  We’re incredibly grateful to Tom for choosing Balloons as one of his charities to fundraise for.  It’s such an ...

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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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NEW Twilight Training sessions

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Following the success our Twilight training sessions for professionals around bereavement and loss we are pleased to confirm the next available dates for these sessions:

Tuesday 17th October, 5-7pm – An Introduction to supporting bereaved children and young people (Theory)

Wednesday 29th November, 5-7pm – An Introduction to supporting bereaved children and young people (Practical)

We will be taking bookings from the beginning of September but please email Jo Overton-Pitts admin@balloonscharity.co.uk if you are interested in either of these courses with your name, the organisation you ...

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Volunteer Training for Grief Support Workers

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Our skilled volunteers are the backbone of our charity, providing Grief Support to around 150 children and young people every year.  If you are interested in becoming a Grief Support Worker you can read more about it in the ‘Volunteer’ portion of our website.  Our next 8-week training for volunteer Grief Support Workers in September is now full however we do have spaces on our 2018 training starting in January.  This will take place on the following Thursdays and trainees will ...

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Father’s Day without a father

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Father’s day is a great time to say thank you to your dad and show them how much you appreciate them.  But what happens when your dad has died? Balloons has produced an information sheet for both young people bereaved of a father, and for the family, friends and professional support around them.   Our information sheet offers advice and suggestions of how to remember your dad on father’s day and to cope with the feelings that inevitably arise for the ...

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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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Coping with Mother’s Day

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day and for those children and young people who have experienced the death of their own mother this can be a difficult and confusing time for the young person; and for those around them.  As an addition to our current series of Balloons Information Sheet we have added ‘Coping with Mother’s Day’ with suggestions on how to remember your mum on Mother’s Day.  If you live in the Exeter, Mid and East Devon area would like more ...

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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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