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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Haven Banks Activity Day for Bereaved Young People

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We were delighted to hold another of our activity days at Haven Banks for young people supported by Balloons on Saturday. 16 children and young people attended the archery and kayaking activities at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre .  Thank you to Phil and Sophie from Michelmores who volunteered on the day, and to Jesse and Joe our Haven Banks instructors for ensuring everyone had a great time.  We’re very much looking forward to the next Haven Banks activity day on ...

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Naomi J Ryan & Kinderkare Family Fun Day

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On Thursday 14th April staff from Naomi J Ryan estate agents and Kinderkare nursery held a family fun day for Balloons in Princesshay.  The day, which featured face painting, Easter craft activities, a lucky dip and Build-a-Bear raffle was great fun and we were lucky with the sunshine. The day raised £150 for Balloons and was a great opportunity for Jo and Donna from the Balloons team to meet with local people.  We even got to meet a couple of ...

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Global’s Make Some Noise Raises £57,000 for Balloons

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Thursday 14th April was a busy and exciting day for Balloons which made a spectacular start with the announcement on Heart South West that Global’s Make Some Noise have raised £57,000 for Balloons.  The Balloons team were speechless when we found out as it was over double the amount that we were expecting.  Balloons CEO Sara Bennett was delighted to accept the cheque on the charity’s behalf.  Thank you some much Global, Heart South West and listeners who helped achieve ...

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Tall Ships Activity Day sponsored by The Exeter

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Balloons and The Island Trust joined forces for an incredible day of sailing from Plymouth Yacht Haven for teenagers supported by Balloons on Saturday 8th April.  A huge thank you to local insurance company The Exeter who sponsored this activity day and covered the cost of taking 10 young people out on the yacht Tectona for the day.  We had glorious sunshine and smooth sailing.  Everyone got the chance to steer the yacht and raise the sails. Its an activity we definitely ...

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Coping with Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is only a few weeks away and for some families it can be a challenging and emotional time.  For those children and young people who have experienced the death of their own mother it can be hard to manage; and for those around them it can be difficult to know what to say and how to behave.  Our information sheet ‘Coping with Mother’s Day’ introduces ideas and suggestions on how to remember your mum on Mother’s Day.  If ...

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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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