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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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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Balloons August Activity Days sponsored by Sid Valley Rotary Club

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We’re delighted to confirm that Sid Valley Rotary Club will be sponsoring the following activity days in Summer 2017:

1-day Canoeing Trip, Wednesday 16th August 2017

Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Thursday 17th August 2017

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Sid Valley Rotary Club for their commitment to supporting small local charities like Balloons who rely on the support of donations from organisations like the Rotary Club in order to offer these opportunities to bereaved children and young people in Exeter, Mid ...

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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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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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Charity Skydives for Balloons

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We’re delighted to announce that two fundraisers will shortly be braving the skies for Balloons in a charity skydive. Becky Spence will be doing her 15,000ft skydive on 15th February https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Becky-Spence and Sara King will be doing her skydive on 26th March https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarrsjump A big thank you to both brave ladies for choosing to fundraise for us in this way. We can’t wait to hear how you got on.

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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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