Balloons Charity http://balloonscharity.co.uk Bereavement And Loss Looking Onwards Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:13:57 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 121295911 Tally Ho! fundraiser on 15th September http://balloonscharity.co.uk/tally-ho-fundraiser-on-15th-september/ http://balloonscharity.co.uk/tally-ho-fundraiser-on-15th-september/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 08:47:45 +0000 http://balloonscharity.co.uk/?p=6045 ]]> Exeter local pub The Tally Ho! Inn hosted their second family bike ride fundraiser for Balloons on Saturday 15th September which was a huge success and raised over £1,000 for Balloons charity.  There were many cyclists of all ages taking part and Balloons had a stand in The Tally Ho! beer garden with information about the charity, colouring activities for children and a lucky dip.  Thanks so much to the staff of The Tally Ho! for all their support.

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Two successful days of Standup Paddleboarding http://balloonscharity.co.uk/two-successful-days-of-standup-paddleboarding/ http://balloonscharity.co.uk/two-successful-days-of-standup-paddleboarding/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:49:57 +0000 http://balloonscharity.co.uk/?p=6013 On 15th and 16th August Balloons team member Jo Overton-Pitts led two days of stand-up paddleboarding for bereaved young people supported by Balloons charity.  A total of 17 participants who have previously had one-to-one support work from our charity took to the water for a fun-filled day of games and activities.  Thanks to Balloons team member Liz, and to volunteer Grief Support Workers Helen and Steven for helping out.  A huge thanks to the instructors at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre for hosting our activity days.

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The Exeter ‘Longest Day Cycle Challenge’ http://balloonscharity.co.uk/the-exeter-longest-day-cycle-challenge/ http://balloonscharity.co.uk/the-exeter-longest-day-cycle-challenge/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 13:48:35 +0000 http://balloonscharity.co.uk/?p=5991 ]]> The Exeter did an absolutely amazing job fundraising for Balloons during their Longest Day Cycle Challenge and raised over £1,700 for the charity.  The local insurance company also organised a 2-day walk across Dartmoor several days later which raised further funds for the bereaved children and young people we support.  We’ve been so impressed by the commitment of The Exeter staff to fundraising for Balloons.

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Balloons Activity Day – July 2018 http://balloonscharity.co.uk/balloons-activity-day-july-2018/ http://balloonscharity.co.uk/balloons-activity-day-july-2018/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 13:43:40 +0000 http://balloonscharity.co.uk/?p=5986 On the 7th July 2018 we had another activity day at Haven Banks for young people who have received bereavement support from Balloons.  We were delighted to welcome several children who were new to our activity days and they absolutely loved the bellboating, climbing and caving.  It was a scorching day so everyone was glad of the opportunity to dip their toes in the water and many of them took the opportunity to jump in.  Even Balloons Team member Jo Overton-Pitts took part in the activity.  We’re so delighted to be able to continue to offer these activity days which for some of the children and young people are an essential part of their bereavement support.

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Two NCS ‘social action’ projects partner with Balloons Charity http://balloonscharity.co.uk/two-ncs-social-action-projects-partner-with-balloons-charity/ http://balloonscharity.co.uk/two-ncs-social-action-projects-partner-with-balloons-charity/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 13:38:31 +0000 http://balloonscharity.co.uk/?p=5983 We’re delighted that two groups doing their NCS projects in the community this Summer have chosen Balloons as their partner charity.  Team members in both groups have previously received bereavement support from Balloons and wanted to share the wonderful work we do with bereaved children and young people.  One team raised over £500 in a joint fundraising and awareness raising campaign and the other launched their ‘Flying High’ campaign with a beautifully moving short film. We’re so grateful to both teams for their support and so proud of the work we do.

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Our Charity Partners http://balloonscharity.co.uk/our-charity-partners/ http://balloonscharity.co.uk/our-charity-partners/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:01:01 +0000 http://balloonscharity.co.uk/?p=5953
Air Marketing Exeter 
Isca Barum Insurance Brokers
St Andrews Community Café, Colyton
St Peters Prep School
The Exeter
The Tally Ho! Inn, Exeter
Whitehead Building Services

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18th -24th June is Small Charity Week and small charities rely on donations from individuals, organisations and local companies much more than medium or large sized charities.  We’d like to thank those local companies and organisations who have chosen Balloons as their charity partner in 2018:

  • Air Marketing Exeter 
  • Isca Barum Insurance Brokers
  • St Andrews Community Café, Colyton
  • St Peters Prep School
  • The Exeter
  • The Tally Ho! Inn, Exeter
  • Whitehead Building Services

These businesses and organisations have regular fundraisers throughout the year and encourage their entire staff teams to support our cause.  We’re hugely grateful to them all and they make a huge difference to a small charity like Balloons.

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http://balloonscharity.co.uk/5943-2/ http://balloonscharity.co.uk/5943-2/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 11:17:46 +0000 http://balloonscharity.co.uk/?p=5943 We’ll be running more sessions again soon so keep your eyes peeled for the dates or contact us at admin@balloonscharity.co.uk if you’d like to be added to our Balloons mailing list.  Alternatively follow us on ...]]> Donna James, our Agency Trainer here at Balloons hosted a twilight training session in Supporting bereaved children & young people – A theoretical & practical introduction at our offices on Wednesday 6th June and we’d just like to share all the feedback we had from the training.

We’ll be running more sessions again soon so keep your eyes peeled for the dates or contact us at admin@balloonscharity.co.uk if you’d like to be added to our Balloons mailing list.  Alternatively follow us on Twitter @fund4balloons or on Facebook at BalloonsCharityDevon for regular updates.

Feedback from training attendees

 “Thank you so much. Very valuable session, with lots of ideas and resources.  I would love to attend other workshops.”

“A fantastic training programme, thank you. Lots of ideas, not just to use in a bereavement situation, but also mindfulness.”

“A really informative session. I am going away with some great practical and emotional support tools.”

“Very sensitively delivered and responsively led: thank you. Useful resources and activities and a carefully-considered process.  We will be in touch.”

“Good mix of theory and practical.”

“Very useful training.”

“Great time management.  Informative and well-paced.”

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Volunteer Week 2018 http://balloonscharity.co.uk/volunteer-week-2018/ http://balloonscharity.co.uk/volunteer-week-2018/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:16:17 +0000 http://balloonscharity.co.uk/?p=5937 Here at Balloons we rely on volunteers to carry out vital bereavement support for children, young people and young adults.  Volunteers are the backbone of our charity and we simply could not do it without them.  That’s why during Volunteer Week 2018, from 1st – 7th June, we’ll be sharing how we use our volunteers and the difference they make to those they support.  We’re delighted to have over 50 volunteer Grief Support Workers at present and they’re all amazing!

Our volunteers complete an 8-day training course before starting as Grief Support Workers but there also lots of opportunities once you start as a volunteer such as; monthly meetings, guest speakers, additional bolt-on training, all of which is delivered in-house by our wonderful staff team. Here’s four of our volunteers at a recent ‘Creative Carousel’ workshop, testing out new skills and learning to play our new CBT board game.

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Balloons AGM http://balloonscharity.co.uk/balloons-agm/ http://balloonscharity.co.uk/balloons-agm/#respond Wed, 30 May 2018 11:46:38 +0000 http://balloonscharity.co.uk/?p=5918 ]]>  Balloons will be holding a short AGM on Thursday 7th June. The business of the meeting will be the presentation of the Chairman’s report and the presentation of the accounts for December 2016 to November 2017. The meeting will take place at the Basepoint Business Centre in Exeter. Please contact Sara Bennett, Balloons CEO, for further information – email sarabennett@balloonscharity.co.uk 

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Father’s Day without a father http://balloonscharity.co.uk/fathers-day-without-a-father-2/ http://balloonscharity.co.uk/fathers-day-without-a-father-2/#respond Wed, 30 May 2018 11:40:48 +0000 http://balloonscharity.co.uk/?p=5916 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 young people and their families.  If you have concerns about a child or young person in the lead up to Father’s Day and are based in the Exeter, Mid and East Devon area you can contact us on 01392 826064 or email admin@balloonscharity.co.uk.  You can also download a copy of our information sheet Coping with Father’s Day (12)

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