Balloons provides pre and post bereavement support to children and young people (C&YP) after the death of someone important in their lives. We provide 1:1 interventions and activity days for C&YP, and the wider family is supported through our telephone helpline and home visits. Balloons services are open to all pre and post bereaved C&YP living in Exeter, Mid & East Devon. No one else provides this specialist service in our geographical area.
Our volunteer Grief Support Workers (GSWs) support the C&YP through their grieving and healing process, enabling them to express and process their grief in their own way and at their own pace. This has a range of positive outcomes including the ability of C&YP to cope, move forward and stay positively engaged in their family and school life. We often support C&YP who have experienced catastrophic loss, through murder, suicide or fatal accident. More than 50% of our work is with C&YP who have lost a parent. We also work with C&YP who have lost a sibling.
The intervention provided by Balloons at such challenging points in C&YPs lives supports them to develop coping strategies so that they are not overwhelmed by their grief.
In 2015 we have supported 133 children through 1:1 sessions and approximately 400 families through telephone and email support.
More information can be found on the Balloons website.
Dream-A-Way is a very special Exeter based charity supporting local families in Devon and Cornwall with any type of disability or serious illness, and have recently entered their 23rd year of helping to make some special dreams come true. This has all been achieved with a small team of volunteers who receive no expenses whatsoever. In 2008 they received, from her Majesty, the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Over the years, Dream-A-Way has been able to put smiles on over 10,000 special faces through a number of different ways including arranging and funding days out to local beauty spots, such as Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, they also take guest on really popular Magical Mystery Tours. Dream-A-Way also arrange panto and theatre visits each year.
Their fleet of 9 beautiful holiday homes sited at Ladram Bay and Sandy Bay enable thousands of local people to have a dream holiday by the seaside. In addition, they provide holiday grants to enable local people to fulfil their lifetime dream.
None of this would be possible without the amazing generous support we receive from individuals and companies like Hawksmoor. We appreciate this hugely and we will always ensure that every penny donated is used to make a real and lasting difference and to create some amazing memories.
More information can be found on the Dream-A-Way website.
Open Door are a charity based in Exmouth, with a mission to make a positive difference in the community. They aim to oder resources and support to individuals, promote hope for change, and help to improve life opportunities.
Working with local churches, Open Door identify the needs within the community and create projects, run by a team of volunteers, to meet those needs. Projects include the cafe which provides a welcoming and friendly place for those in need to access support, nightshift which provides volunteer run patrols to keep people safe at night, ICE who work with young people to provide support to those considered ‘at risk’. There is also the Men’s Shed who provide a place for men to meet and socialise through a range of activities such as darts and cooking, as well as supporting the local community by undertaking practical tasks such as fixing fences. The child contact centre is the focus for activities designed to support families when the relationship between parents has broken down, offering a safe and supportive space for children and absent parents to spend time together.
More information can be found on the Open Door website.
Orwell Mencap is a Suffolk charity providing support to people with disabilities. They have an extensive range of activities at their large centre at Wright Road and in the community. Their other services include running after school and holidays clubs and their social enterprises which manufacture high quality garden furniture and recycle bikes.
More information can be found on the Orwell Mencap website.