Balloons

Balloons offers pre and post bereavement support in Exeter, mid and east Devon for children, young people and young adults who have experienced or will be experiencing a significant bereavement. Our aim is to inform, guide and support children and young people to manage the impact of death in their lives and enable them to cope with death as a life event and manage their grief and reactions to the loss.

Balloons deliver free bereavement support for children, young people and young adults by:
- Accepting referrals from a wide variety of professionals e.g. teachers, social workers, doctors, police and parents/carers.
- Assessing the child's/young persons/young adults level of need.
- Offering one-to-one support rather than group work and advice to the children, young people and young adults in a safe environment, this could be in the home or at school/college/university.
- Offering group support and activity days supervised by professionals, supported by trainined volunteers.
- Providing excellent, professional training to enable volunteers to develop and increase their skills.
- Offering training to teachers, health workers, probation service etc. to support bereaved children, young people, and young adults in their familiar environments.
- Offering pre-bereavement support to families of loved ones with a life-limiting condition.
- Providing advice on appropriate resources for families, children, young people and young adults.
- Close working relationship with Force and Children's Hospices.

Through the provision of home visits and group activities the service strives to reduce the distress of grieving children, young people and young adults, and enable families to work together through the difficult times before and after the death.

Services

Find out more about the services we offer by clicking the headings below


  1. Balloons offers pre and post bereavement support to children, young people and young adults who have experienced a significant bereavement as a result of a homicide.

  2. Balloons offers pre and post bereavement support to children, young people and young adults who have experienced a significant bereavement as a result of assault.

  3. Balloons offers pre and post bereavement support to children, young people and young adults who have experienced a significant bereavement as a result of domestic violence.

  4. Balloons offers pre and post bereavement support to children, young people and young adults who have experienced a significant bereavement as a result of a road traffic accident.

Our downloads

  1. Word Document

    Referral Criteria

    Criteria upon which we accept referrals.

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