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Haven Banks activity day

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This March we held an activity day for a group of young people supported by Balloons at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, Exeter.  The activity day included raft building, climbing and artificial caving at this wonderful facility right here in Exeter.  The boys and girls all worked incredibly well as a team and we were so delighted to see friendships being formed so early in the year with some having met throughout activities last year, and some meeting for the ...

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The Landmark Trust #50forfree scheme

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Balloons were very fortunate to benefit from The Landmark Trust’s #50forfree scheme this March.  A group of staff, volunteers and young people took part in a pilot bereavement residential at Silverton Park Stables which is owned by The Landmark Trust.  The weekend was cut short by the arrival of the snow but we still managed to cram lots of meaningful and creative activities into our stay. All the young people taking part were local boys who have been bereaved of ...

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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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Balloons awarded free break in historical local landmark for Bereavement Memory Weekend

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Thanks to the Landmark Trust, a group of children supported by Balloons will enjoy the opportunity to stay in a remarkable historic building this spring for a Bereavement Memory weekend. The Landmark Trust’s annual 50 For Free scheme, offers 50 short breaks for free to the beneficiaries of charities.  Balloons staff, volunteers and children supported by Balloons will stay in one of Landmark’s popular buildings this March; Silverton Park Stables in Devon. The Landmark Trust is a charity that rescues ...

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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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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 date:

Wednesday 29th November, 5-8pm – A theoretical and practical introduction to supporting bereaved children and young people.  Cost £50 per person.

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 work for and a contact telephone number and we will ...

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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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