We aim to:
- Challenge Stigma & myths surrounding mental health
- Promote self-care & exercise to improve Wellbeing
- Offer supportive, accessible and affordable services – where possible offering fully funded services free to members
- Raise awareness of mental health issues & work towards normalising them
- Reduce loneliness/isolation
- Provide a non-judgemental support service
- Offer Peer Support programmes
- Get the inactive active
- Inspire & motivate individuals and groups
- Support businesses with their Wellbeing offer
- Focus on prevention of mental health issues
- Work alongside other organisations on suicide prevention and reduction
We aim to help our members improve and manage their mental health, through physical activity and talking. Our team all have their own lived experiences, and are trained to be supportive, encouraging and motivating.
We are committed to working together with our members, the local community, organisations and health professionals, to offer an inclusive and safe space for people to learn to manage their physical and mental health, with a network of support behind them.
We are dedicated to helping build a happier and healthier environment, where mental health can be discussed as openly and as confidently as physical health. We aim to reduce stigma, raise awareness of the trickier subjects such as suicide, work towards suicide prevention and help bust any myths around mental health.
A lot has happened for Red Balloons in the last year and it seems like a bit of a whirlwind really. Definitely in a good way.
The thing that humbles us (and yes sometimes we shed a tear or two) is when people want to support us either with time or to raise money for us. The fact that other people believe in us and support our mission just blows us away.
So a massive Red Balloons THANK YOU goes to Just Williams Ltd for choosing us as their Charity Partner alongside The Girls' Network
The Team have laced up their trainers and hiking boots in October and are running and walking 500 miles to raise funds for us. We'll be checking in regularly to see how the miles are adding up and to offer some encouragement.
Thank you to everyone taking part. From the bottom of our hearts🎈
Martin started attending one of our Walking Groups at the end of June this year. He had lost his partner just before Christmas and was really struggling with anxiety and confidence. He wasn’t sure right until the last minute that evening whether he was going to attend, but he managed to get out and into the car and come along to the walk.
That first evening Martin walked with one of our Walk Leaders behind the main group and they talked about his partner and how he was feeling. The group walked for about an hour and at the end he thanked everyone and left. We were pleased that Martin came back the next week and over the next few weeks he was able to mix more with the group and chatted with other people. Every week we could see his confidence improving and he started doing his own walks in between the group walks.
Martin started attending other Red Balloons group walks. He now walks 2-3 miles a day and attends up to 4 walks a week with us.
Martin says ‘I don’t know where I’d be now without Red Balloons. I have a wonderful close supportive family but it’s often easier to talk to people you don’t know. That first week it took just about all my strength to go along to the group walk, but the welcome I received and the support and kindness that was there has helped me through the last few months. I feel fitter, I’ve lost weight and I know that, however I feel, I’ve always got somewhere to go through the week and someone to talk to’
Red Balloons are delighted to announce that we have been granted Charitable Status by the Charity Commission.
2021 is proving to be an exciting time for us and we’re very proud to have gone from an online blog in 2017 to a fully fledged Charity by the middle of 2021. This is testament to the hard work of our founder, Claire, who has worked tirelessly to support people struggling with their mental health. Claire was joined by Volunteers and Trustees in 2019 and, with their support, the organisation has gone from strength to strength. We’ve embraced the challenges of the Pandemic and ensured that we continued to offer services throughout the last year. We’re looking forward to continuing our journey, building our team, working alongside other organisations and above all, continuing to support people facing difficult times and ill mental health in the community.
We're over the moon to announce that Red Balloons has been successful in securing funding via the National Lottery Community Fund to set up and run our Community Wellbeing Ambassadors Project across Tees Valley. This funding will allow us to recruit, train and support Volunteers to become Ambassadors in their communities – organising and running Walk and Talk Sessions and Run and Rant Sessions and supporting people with their mental and physical health. We will ensure that Volunteers receive relevant training and have 100% support and that the project offers them valuable personal development opportunities. The project will also build capacity in the organisation allowing us to support many more people to improve their mental and physical health while giving them someone who will listen and do their best to support.
We'd like to send a massive thank you to the National Lottery Community Fund for believing in us, supporting us and giving us the opportunity to work towards realising our vision and mission. We'd also like to thank National Lottery players without whom this funding wouldn't be available.
For further information on Volunteering Opportunities, referrals, partnership working, support available – please contact Leigh via email – email@example.com
A massive thank you to the Arnold Clark Community Fund. This funding will support our recruitment of new Volunteers and support our work
Do you have:-
Lived experience of ill mental health and/or a chronic physical health condition personally or as a Carer
The ability to listen in a non-judgemental way with empathy
A desire to support others
A passion for being active and understanding of how this can improve mental and physical wellbeing
A few hours free per week
100% support and encouragement
Walk/Run Leader Training
Other relevant Training when funds allow
Confidence building and leadership skills
Access to an amazing community of
Volunteers for support and friendship
If you'd like to know more please message us directly and we'll be in touch to organise an initial chat
Our Colleagues at Healthwatch Stockton are carrying out a Mental Health Wellbeing Survey. Please take some time to answer the survey if you live in the area. The results of the survey will be published but will also be used to inform service development and potential for funding within local mental health services.
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Start your fitness journey. An opportunity to talk to like minded people.
Improve your fitness and get those worries off your mind
Start your fitness journey. An opportunity to talk to like minded people.
Monthly parkrun meets
NEXT MEET - TBC as all parkrun events nationwide are currently suspended due to Coronavirus
Does Claire’s story resonate? Do you want to raise mental health awareness within your organisation? Do you want to help motivate and inspire your staff and community?
We offer a variety of workshops, designed to get people talking and to think about what they think they may know.
Sessions designed to encourage people to come together and talk, in a safe, non judgemental environment.
Have you an idea for a group you want to set up in your community? Are you unsure where to start? Would you like some information and advice?