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Cruse Bereavement Care was founded in 1959 and is a national charity providing free advice, information and support to adults, young people and children who are struggling to cope with grief arising from bereavement, whenever or however the death occurred.

Devon Area Cruse - Support

17.03.2020 UPDATE

Due to government guidelines around coronavirus Cruse Devon will only be able to offer telephone or online support for the foreseeable future.  There will be no face-to-face support or groups of any kind. We will be able to take new referrals via email. Please email for support. Our Devon helpline will be open, but this service will be limited. More information to follow on times.
Please call the national helpline for support - freephone 0808 808 1677

We have been operating in the area for over 40 years and we cover the whole of Devon including Plymouth and Torbay.  If you do not live in this county, please search for your local Cruse Area Office.

Devon Area Cruse services normally include:

  • Face-to-face support sessions, either in your own home or at one of our counselling rooms in Exeter, Barnstaple, South Devon or Plymouth (days and times vary).
  • Telephone support sessions
  • Online support
  • Information about the many aspects of bereavement as well as practical help and advice and signposting to a wide range of other support options.
  • Special support for children and young people, either at home, school or a designated meeting room.
  • Friendship Groups – we have two Friendship groups, one in Exeter and one in Bideford

Devon Area Cruse is supported by over 75 trained volunteers each giving their time to support people bereaved by death.

Our goal is to provide somewhere to turn when somebody dies.  Please contact us if we can help in any way.

Volunteering vacancy - Cruse Devon Treasurer

We are currently looking for an Honorary Treasurer.  This could be someone who has retired or semi-retired from an accounting background who would be interested in looking after the Devon Area accounts or who would be able to oversee and support Admin staff in ensuring the accounts are kept to a professional standard.  If you are intersted and would like further information, please email Laraine at

Volunteering with Cruse Devon - Bereavement Support Volunteers

Bereavement Support Volunteers - we are in need of Helpline Volunteers.  Those who would be interested in attending specialised training to support people who call in seeking advice, information and support.  This work can be done from your own home, or by coming into the Area Office in Exeter.  For more information please email

We also need volunteers to work with Children and Young People.  If you have previous work experience (100+ hours paid or unpaid) and would be interested in training to help support bereaved youngsters in the North Devon and Exeter areas, please email

We also have vacancies for Bereavement Support Volunteers to work with adults in Torbay and Exeter areas.  For more information, please click on the Training link above.

We are always looking for Fundraising Volunteers.  If you would like to organise a fundraising event, or help at an event others' have organised, please do email us