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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.

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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.

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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
Redlands Road
Barnstaple EX31 2PZ
Tel: 01271 325270

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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.

Lynn Pugsley
17 Devon Square
S Devon
TQ12 2HR
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

North Devon
Tel: 01271 379719

Tel: 01392 272406

Tel: 01752 408134

Tel: 01305 260216

New Forest
Tel: 01425 628375

Tel: 01722 411938

Tel: 01202 302000

Somerset and Sherbourne
Tel: 01458 898211

Tel: 01793 619933


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.

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Hope's Place

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.

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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.

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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!).

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Paul's Fund

Paul's Fund is a charitable trust that makes grants for a holiday break to young adults aged approx. 18 to 30 who, amongst other criteria, have been bereaved through the loss of a child. The holidays are to be taken at Paul's Place which is located in the delightful village of Georgeham near Croyde on the beautiful North Devon coast and offers both B&B and Self-Catering accommodation. Grants from Paul's Fund will cover the full accommodation costs of up to six people (the young adult plus a partner, family members or a friend) along with travel and daily allowances. The self catering cottage only accommodates two people but the B&B has three guest rooms (twin and double).

Penhaligon's Friends

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.

Penhaligon's Friends
The Chambers
Penryn Street
TR15 2SP

Tel: 01209 210 624

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Drop-in Centre

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

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The Women's Centre

Kate Harrison - Bereavement Support Midwife

The women'scentre
Gloucester Royal Hospital

Great Western Road



Phone: 0300-422-5526

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.

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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
  • Balloons
  • East Anglia Childrens Hospice
  • Friends of O.S.C.A.R
The THHN started out in the summer of 2009 and has grown at a rapid rate with members joining on a regular basis, our aim is to give as many holidays and experiences away as possible and ultimately set up holiday networks in tourist destinations across the country and abroad.

Please note that holidays are only awarded by referral via a registered charity or healthcare professionals.

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Torbay Holiday Helpers Network