Balloons provides grief support to children, young people and their families before an expected death, or following the death of someone significant in their lives.
As part of our support, we provide a free 1:1 service for children and young people aged between 5 and 25 who are affected by bereavement. Support sessions are carried out by a professional, multi-skilled team of staff and trained volunteers. Balloons Grief Support Workers provide a proficient and flexible programme of support, with sessions usually taking place in schools and colleges, and a small number of cases being based elsewhere (e.g. in the home or other suitable setting).
The Balloons philosophy is to advocate the importance of openness, truthfulness and involvement around death to help families to function to their best ability.
Here are just a few of our volunteers currently doing Grief Support work for Balloons: