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Project information

balloons Garden Memorial Project

To enable young people from the age of 12 to 18 years to create a permanent memorial for the use of balloons families and other families and individuals who have had a death in their lives. The memorial will be in a local public National Trust garden (waiting for confirmation of location).

June 2011 - July 2011

Charity information: balloons

  • Need


    Funding for the support and teaching of an outdoor artist who will work with the young people to create the memorial. Also funding for transporting young people and volunteers to and from the venue.


    We will be submitting a few funding bids over the next couple of months.

    If we were able to find an experienced outside artist to help us for expenses only, that would be wonderful.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a beautiful permanent memorial where families who have experienced bereavement can come.


    » The young people will be supported to create the memorial using natural resources and their own creativity.

    What success will look like

    Success will be having a natural sculpture in the Gardens which is a quiet and peaceful place to visit, providing a chance for reflection and remembering.

    Aim 2

    To enable young people who have been bereaved to meet and to talk to others who feel similar.


    » Over the 5 days of the project the young people will have leisure moments in lovely surroundings, when they will be able to have fun and chat.

    What success will look like

    Success will be seeing these young people get to know each other and make friendships.

    Aim 3

    To increase the self esteem of the young people who may be feeling very low.


    » Creating a memorial that everyone will enjoy will make them feel very good about themselves. Working creatively can be very therapeutic.

    What success will look like

    Success will be giving the chance for young people to be in the outdoors, having some exercise and having pride in what they create.

    Aim 4

    To encourage team work.


    » All young people should develop a sense of the importance of team work - designing and creating the memorial together will be a great experience.

    What success will look like

    Success will be encouraging the different ages and personalities work together for a common purpose.

  • Impact


    This memorial will be permanent and a focus for bereaved families for years to come. We hope that relationships made over the project will continue. The project will give the young people an appreciation of the outdoors, fresh air and gardens which will continue.


    Risks might be lack of interest from the young people, but the young people will be involved from the bidding process onwards. Health and Safety may be an issue, but the memorial will be created in the gardens of a National Trust House with regulations, policies and procedures already in place - in addition, we will do a risk assessment. We will need a very experienced artist used to working outdoors, and we think we have found the perfect person, who has already worked many hours in the garden.


    I am very experienced at report writing and compiling statistics. I will be very happy to report to donors in any way they wish.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,545

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,100 Outside Artist To work with young people over 5 days
      £200 Refreshments For 10+ young people over 5 days
      £400 Travel expenses Travel costs for 10+ yp over 5 days
      £200 Travel expenses Travel costs for volunteers over 5 days
      £300 Extra resources Extra resources needed for the sculpture
      £345 Admin/Man Admin/Management of the project
  • Background


    Exeter area.


    Everyone who visits the National Trust Garden.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the local organisation providing pre- and post- bereavement support to children and young people in the Exeter and Mid/East Devon areas. We are a new charity, very keen to raise awareness of the services we offer, as well as commited to working with the young people already involved with us. A memorial dedicated to lost loved ones will be very valued by the families we support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Deborah Butler

    Family Worker/Trainer for balloons. Deborah works directly with the young people and families, and will be a familiar face while the project is runnin

    Jen Pheby

    Jen is the Project Manager for balloons, and has responsibility for the development of the charity, including individual projects and consultation.

    Julia Hammond

    Chair of balloons Trustees. Julia is a SENCO at a local Primary School and is a very experienced teacher, so she will be very skilled in organising.

    Outside Artist

    This individual will lead the practical part of the project, producing the sculpture.