Red Balloons

Red Balloons was developed in 2017, adapted from a blog from our founder  Claire and her lived experience of ill mental health. Supported through her work as a volunteer for Mind and Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, Red Balloons first came onto  social media, to promote how exercise can help you manage your physical and mental health, before becoming a Peer Support group, meeting on Tuesday evenings. These meetings offered a safe space for people to voice their stories  and their issues getting help and support, while receiving ideas and hints on how to improve their health, as well as motivation, encouragement and a sense of understanding.

Red Balloons became a registered charity in 2021 and have gone on to develop projects based around Peer Support including Walk and Talk Group Sessions and Wellbeing Buddy which supports people affected by Covid to get back out into society.  All our Peer Supporters have lived experience of mental ill health so offer a safe space for people to talk about how they feel while encouraging the use of physical activity to improve wellbeing.

Our Mission

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. 

Opening Hours


7am - 6pm


7am - 6pm


7am - 6pm


7am - 6pm


7am - 6pm