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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A New & Exciting Year for Balloons

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Welcome to 2017.  Balloons are very excited about the year to come.

So here’s a quick summary of what you can expect from us in 2017:

  • Volunteer training courses in January, April & September
  • 10+ Activity Days for children & young people who have had 1-2-1 support from Balloons
  • 2+ Family Days for children & young people who have had 1-2-1 support from Balloons
  • Agency Training sessions including twilight & breakfast sessions for professionals around bereavement & loss

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Salvation Army – Exeter Temple

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Balloons would like to say a huge thank you to The Salvation Army who raised an incredible £1,629.23 for Balloons during a collection at their service on Sunday 18th December.  Sara Bennett, Balloons CEO attended the service and spoke about the work that Balloons does in the local community.  The charity really appreciates their generosity and will put the money to good use supporting local bereaved children and young people.

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Devon & Cornwall Chief Constables Charity

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Balloons were chosen earlier this year as one of the Devon & Cornwall Chief Constables Charities.  Balloons CEO, Sara Bennett met with Alison Hernandez (Police & Crime Commissioner), Shaun Sawyer (Chief Constable), other members of Devon & Cornwall Constabulary and other chosen charities at Middlemoor for a cheque presentation.  Balloons received a cheque for £875.

 

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Balloons Christmas Party 2016

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We were delighted to hold our Christmas Party for families supported by Balloons at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre on Saturday 10th December.  The get-together for children and their families included Christmas crafts, an elfie Selfie booth and Christmas lunch.  Every child attending also received a gift from under the Christmas tree.

Thank you to all the families who attended and our staff and volunteers who helped make the day really special.  Thank you also to Haven Banks for allowing us ...

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Balloons Christmas Cards

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We are selling our handmade Christmas cards in our office and will also be selling them in the reception area of Basepoint Business Centre, Exeter from mid November.  If you would like to order these cards which have been made by staff and volunteers in their spare time then please contact Jo at admin@balloonscharity.co.uk or 01392 826065.  We are selling the ...

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