Up and away we go as we get to work supporting our 2017/2018 Charity of the Year – education charity, Red Balloon. We will be working alongside the charity over the next year to offer the team pro-bono public relations, marketing and design support, in a bid to raise the profile of the life-changing work the charity undertakes.

The charity supports young people who self-exclude from school, due to past experiences such as being subjected to bullying or other traumas. Originally set up in 1996, the charity opened its first centre in Cambridge. Now in its 21st year, the charity hosts five centres in Cambridge, Norwich, Harrow, and Reading. Red Balloon has also set up an online ‘centre’ – Red Balloon of the Air – in order to expand the charity’s provision to meet a growing need, combining online teaching and therapy with in person mentoring to achieve the same results as are seen in the physical Red Balloon centres.

We have been truly inspired by the work of the Red Balloon team. Our hope is that our support will help the charity to grow, and offer even more young people – who are not only missing out on their right to an education but also on important opportunities to socialise and share experiences of growing up alongside their peers – a chance to re-engage and cherish their school-days.

We are very much looking forward to working alongside the charity over the next year, and hope to make a real difference with local impact.

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