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.
Fancy a Challenge to raise funds for Red Balloons? Could you walk, run or cycle 26.2 miles throughout the Month of May?
The answer of course is Yes You Can!
🎈 Run, walk, move a minimum of 26.2 miles 🎈
🎈 All in one go or throughout the month 🎈
🎈 Entry plus medal = £15 🎈
🎈 Entry plus medal & T-shirt = £25 🎈
🎈 Log your miles and keep us updated 🎈
🎈 Set up a Just Giving Page* 🎈
🎈 Sponsor form available 🎈
*Any money raised will help our work recruiting and training Volunteer Peer Supporters to offer a safe space in their communities for people to talk about how they feel, whilst encouraging them to use physical activity to improve their mental and physical wellbeing. 🎈
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Do you live in Stockton or Middlesbrough and are struggling to get back out into the Community since the Pandemic?
Have you been affected by Long Covid and are needing/wanting support to exercise regularly?
Are you feeling isolated and anxious but want support to get out and about and back to normal?
Our Wellbeing Buddy Programme can help.
🎈 Up to 12 weeks of focused Peer Support
🎈 From Doorstep visits to regular walks
🎈 Support to set goals & work towards them
🎈 Support to access groups and events
For more information contact:- 07871 658157
Or send us a direct message #peersupport #mental #physical #wellbeing #volunteerarmy #teamredballoons #WalkAndTalk
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our Organisation. We couldn't do what we do without them. Due to new Projects, both in development, and starting soon, we need more Volunteer Peer Supporters 😊
Do you have:-
Lived experience of ill mental health personally or as a Carer
The ability to listen in a non-judgemental way with empathy
A desire to support others An understanding of how being active 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
🎈 Travel expenses
🎈 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 or email: email@example.com
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Sprouts Community Charity have teamed up with Red Balloons to offer:-
Day: Every Tuesday
Time: 10.00 am
Meeting Point: Havelock Street Community Hub, Thornaby, TS17 6HN
WE HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS!!!
RUN & RANT IS COMING BACK!!!
- Are you wanting to start 2022 with a new focus?
- Have you wanted to start running but your anxiety has kept you back?
- Do you want to join an inclusive group where the focus is simply getting one step in front of the other?
- Do you want a weekly space to get things off your chest, to continue the week on the right foot?
If you answered YES to any of those, then join us!!
All levels of fitness catered for. We will be following the NHS recommended Couch To 5km programme, with options available at the end to help you continue your running journey!
6pm, at Tees Barrage
Meeting point- outside the Talpore Pub
Run leader - CLAIRE!
Let us know if you will be attending!!
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🎈
In March we've had our busiest month yet with 🎈 256 🎈 attendees at our our Group and 1-1 Sessions around Teesside. That's 256 opportunities for people to talk about their mental health and meet others in a safe and supportive space.
We're eternally grateful to our Volunteers who give their time to help others simply because they can. We see and hear about the difference they make every day.
This is why we do what we do and what we do has a ripple effect. It not only touches the people we walk with, it reaches out to their families too.
"My dad has been coming to your walks a couple of months after losing my mam , I would like to thank Leigh and her team members for massively helping my dad to leave the house and enjoy an activity that I never thought he would especially in his grief and also giving him someone to talk to. Although he is still grieving your help is helping him to carry on having a life and take each day as it comes walking and talking with people in similar circumstances.
Thankyou so so much with all my heart keep up the amazing work you do in making a difference to peoples lives xx"
If you're grieving or having a tough time please get in touch. There's a space with us to talk about how you feel. No pressure, no judgement. We've got you
"Can I firstly say a huge thankyou to all your wonderful volunteers I have been given some great feedback. I have witnessed myself how patients have grown in confidence, enjoyed the walks and how they 'light up' when talking about the walks they have been on."
Lisa, Social Prescribing Link Worker
Wow just Wow! Our Jason has been interviewed and is featured on BBC News online 😍 What an absolute star! Raising awareness for our Guernsey Walk and Talk but also the work we're doing in Tees Valley and elsewhere in the UK. Thank you Jason ❤ #peersupportsince2017 #runandrant #walkandtalk #wellbeing #mentalhealthmatters #mental #physical #teamredballoons #volunteerarmy
Jason was also interviewed by Radio Guernsey
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
A massive thank you to the Arnold Clark Community Fund. This funding will support our recruitment of new Volunteers and support our work
Find out more about our story, our mission and our future plan
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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?