Making a difference

Balloons delivers one-to-one Grief Support to children and young people through an amazing team of trained, volunteer Grief Support Workers. We are always looking for more volunteers so that we can reach more children and young people.

If you would you like to make a difference to the lives of bereaved children and young people and you are available to volunteer during school hours, then we’d love to hear from you.

“My greatest joy is when I sit by each child in the last session looking back at everything we’ve done together! Hopefully I have been a supportive friend on a small part of their journey and we can say goodbye very positively. I consider my time volunteering for Balloons is the most worthwhile part of my week!”

Grief Support Worker Volunteer

As a volunteer you will:

  • Attend a training course delivered by our BACP accredited counsellor and trainer.
  • Travel across Exeter, East and Mid Devon delivering Grief Support in schools and colleges.
  • Have full support and supervision
  • Be able to access CPD opportunities as well as social and peer support from other volunteers

“In my experience the sessions are usually an uplifting experience for children and young people. We show them how to work through their emotions. Taking things home that they’ve made helps to facilitate a conversation with their families. They see that they can cope and are more able talk about their grief and the person that has died. It creates a space where they can open up and ask questions.”

Grief Support Worker Volunteer


Recruitment is ongoing all year round and we hold training courses up to two times a year. If you want to find out more or are interested in applying to train as a volunteer Grief Support Worker please contact us on 01392 982570 or email admin@balloonscharity.co.uk for more details and an application pack.

Our next course is due to start on 10th September 2024

To get more of a flavour of what it is like being a Grief Support Worker, please click here.