Balloons is a charity that provides community-based support for children, young people and their families from Exeter, Mid or East Devon following the death, or before an expected death, of a significant person in their lives, such as a parent, carer or sibling.
Balloons is a newly emerging charity, largely dependent on highly skilled volunteers supporting qualified professionals, all who share an interest in supporting bereaved children and young people up to the age of eighteen.
Our aim is to inform, guide and support children and young people; to help them manage the impact of their grief and their reactions to their loss.
Bereavement Support Service
Weekly support group providing coffee and a chance to meet others who hacve also suffered a bereavement. Informal support from a co-ordinator. Not religiously affiliated. Paignton/Brixham group meet in the back of the Methodist Church on Palace Avenue Thursdays between 10.30am and 12.30 noon. Torquay group meet at Upton Vale Baptist Church on Tuesdays 10am - 12 noon.
Tel: 0800 073 0109
Children and Families in Grief
Children and Families in Grief is a charitable organisation that provides practical, emotional and creative support for children and their families in South Devon following bereavement.
Children and Families in Grief has a dedicated team who are committed to supporting families at this difficult time. The therapists are experienced, sensitive and intuitive individuals brought together by their desire to help families through the process of grief.
Children's Hospice South West
The support we give extends to the whole family, into bereavement and beyond for as long as each family needs us.
The Sibling Service also provides specific support for bereaved children, working according to the family needs. They make use of crafts to support the grieving process, for example, making memory boxes, items for the funeral, or to put in the coffin. Children can be accompanied when visiting their sibling in Starborn if they would like this, and they can provide specific support for siblings at funerals. Follow-up support is then offered at home and contact is maintained by telephone, cards, emails and home visits. This is all carried out alongside the family relationship with Contact Pairs from the Care Team.
Children's Hospice South West Head Office
Little Bridge House
Barnstaple EX31 2PZ
Tel: 01271 325270
Cruse Bereavement Care - South Devon
Bereavement Counselling on a one to one basis - free. Telephone is manned from 10 am - 4 pm. Answer machine for messages when the phone is busy or out of hours. Based in Newton Abbot but Clients are visited in own homes or agreed venue. Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well being of bereaved people and to enable anyone suffering bereavement caused by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. To assist bereaved people of any age, gender, race etc to come to terms with their loss and work through their grief, to enable them to learn to live without their loved one.
17 Devon Square
Tel: 01626 332450
Other Cruse Bereavement Branches in the South West:
Bath & District
Tel: 01761 417250
Bristol & District
Tel: 0117 926 4045
Tel: 01726 76100
Tel: 01271 379719
Tel: 01392 272406
Tel: 01752 408134
Tel: 01305 260216
Tel: 01425 628375
Tel: 01722 411938
Tel: 01202 302000
Somerset and Sherbourne
Tel: 01458 898211
Tel: 01793 619933
HAMMER OUT - BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
HOBS organises regular events so that people who have lost a loved one to a brain tumour can get together to share thoughts and feelings, and hopefully a smile or two. We usually meet every four to six weeks, for a coffee and light lunch, at a hotel or pub, where there is the opportunity for conversation with others with similar experiences.
Home visits, or an individual meeting, are available initially, providing the opportunity to discuss organisations offering bereavement counselling, or to look at our range of books, which are available to borrow. Please contact us for further information, or to be added to the HOBS mailing list.
Hope's Place is a faith-based Christian charity established in 2005 to encourage emotional wholeness and healing in women and young people through counselling and education. Our non-directive, person-centred counselling and listening services provide support for women and couples with pregnancy related issues, including crisis pregnancy, post abortion counselling, baby loss and post natal depression.
We are a Dorset charity offering support to bereaved children, young people, parents and carers. We provide individual support and offer children and young people the opportunity to meet others and share their experiences.
The Orchard Centre has introduced a bereavement support service for families who suffer pregnancy loss or the death of a baby. Staff are fully trained to enable them to offer appropriate support. The intention is to improve communication and liaison with all providers of care so that resources are used properly. The service operates from Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm, with an answering machine facility for out-of-hours calls.
This is not 'group" support, but rather provides one to one support from trained and understanding professionals.
Contact: Viv Hall
Bereavement Support Midwife
Gloucester Royal Hospital
Great Western Road
Off The Record
We offer young people aged up to 25 free, confidential counselling and support.
On this site you will find all you need to know about our different services, how to get involved, and information about your mental health and how to look after yourself. (We think this last bit is really important!).
Paul's Fund is a grant making charitable trust set up in 2009 with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF, registered charity no. 268369) to enable young adults to have a respite holiday break who have been bereaved, face diagnosis of a life threatening or terminal illness, or are carers.
Young adults aged 18 to 30 who meet the criteria set out below can apply to the Fund for a grant to cover the cost of staying for up to a week at Paul's Place, a B&B cum retreat centre located at The Old Bakery in Georgeham near Croyde on the North Devon coast.
The three criteria are:
Diagnosis of a life limiting, life threatening or terminal illness like cancer
Bereavement from a close family member in the last two years
Those providing a significant, long term caring role for a family member
The fund will also pay for an adult friend, family member or carer to stay with them.
For more information follow the link below.
We are a Cornish charity supporting bereaved children, young people, parents and carers throughout the county. We offer children and young people the chance to meet others and share their experiences, as well as practical resources for children and parents.
Tel: 01209 210 624
Personal Recovery Service
(PRS) is a well established therapeutic practice which offers a wide range of therapies to help with a diverse range of presenting problems. PRS is specilist in the treatment and recovery of sexual abuse and has become a leading authority over years in this specialised area. Not all our work is about abuse, much of the work we do is about people trying to cope with Divorce. Bereavement, or just everyday stress. In short any emotional reaction that causes difficulty will almost certainly respond to counselling or therapy.
There are many specialised therapeutic models available at PRS. You may find that some suit you better than others. You will have the opportunity to discuss these with your assessor. Following your assessment you will be allocated the right type of therapist to work with the problem your presenting.
The Rainbow Centre
The Rainbow Centre provides free and professional support to children and their families affected by bereavement, life threatening illness and cancer.
We offer art, play and music therapy, counselling, homoeopathy and massage therapy.
The Rainbow Trust
Many families find contact with people who knew their child and who can understand some of what they are going through can be genuinely helpful as they cope with the grieving process. We know that every family will cope with bereavement in a way that is right for them, therefore we aim to offer support that is flexible to individual needs and that reflects the culture and values of the individual.
The Rosie Crane Trust
The Rosie Crane Trust treats all contact in absolute confidence. Everyone working in and for the Rosie Crane Trust, whether in a personal, professional or voluntary capacity has given their assurance to upholding the trust's confidentiality policy. Bereaved parents are thereby able to seek help from the trust, safe in the knowledge that their confidentiality will be respected at all times.
We provide a number of services aimed at supporting bereaved parents in the Somerset area:
24 hr Listening Ear Helpline 01460 55120
• 24/7/365 Telephone Listening Ear answered by trained volunteers
• Every trained volunteer is also a bereaved parent
• Callers can talk about any aspect of their bereavement, anytime, day or night
• Volunteer listeners have direct experience of bereavement
• Callers can be confident there is always someone there to listen
• Bereaved parents meet in an informal, safe, friendly and confidential environment
• Staffed by trained volunteers, some of whom are also bereaved parents themselves
• Parents can talk to others who can really understand and empathise with them
• Complementary therapies are regularly arranged
• There can be tears, of course, but also laughter too
• A course of counselling therapy from a professional counsellor
• Available to bereaved parents according to need
• Applications for counselling will be considered on a case by case basis
• The trust aims to meet some or all of the therapy cost
Supporting Parents and Relatives In Neonatal Grief
S.P.R.I.N.G was set up to provide support to parents and relatives who have experienced death of a baby during pregnancy, at, or just after birth. S.P.R.I.N.G is run by a unique combination of bereaved parents, relatives and caring professionals. The aim of S.P.R.I.N.G is to befriend and support through grief. This is achieved by offering counselling, befriending and monthly support meetings.
Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN)
The Torbay Holiday Helpers Network is a network of hotels, accommodation providers, tourist attractions and businesses who are all committed to helping give away free action packed holidays, to families who have seriously ill (life threatening/limiting) and terminally ill children and recently bereaved families.
The THHN works in conjunction with the following charities and many more:
- CCPA (Childhood Cancer Parents Alliance)
- Rainbow Trust Childrens Charity
- Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Christian Lewis Trust
- PASIC (Parents Association for Seriously Ill Children)
- Donna's Dream House
- LATCH - Welsh Childrens Cancer Charity
- Christie Hospital - Young Oncology Unit
- Cruse Bereavement Care
- Jeremiahs Journey
- East Anglia Childrens Hospice
- Friends of O.S.C.A.R
Please note that holidays are only awarded by referral via a registered charity or healthcare professionals.