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17.03.2020 - Coronavirus update. For the foreseeable future there will be no training running in the devon area.  Please check back for updates.



To become a volunteer supporting bereaved clients, everyone must first complete the Bereavement Support Foundation (BSF) course followed by one elective and Safeguarding training.  The BSF is a 3 day course and will offer you initial training to support someone who has been bereaved.  Then, depending on which area you would like to volunteer in, you would need to complete further training in either: Face to face support, Children and Young People's support, Telephone/Helpline support or Group support.  These electives vary from 2 to 4 day training.  A one day Safeguarding trainng day must also be attended.  The fee for the training will depend on funding, but there will be some cost involved.

If you are intersted in joining our amazing team of bereavement volunteers, please read the Course Information and if you would like to apply, please complete the Application Form and email to or post to Cruse Devon, 3 Palace Gate, Exeter, EX1 1JA.

For counselling students wishing to apply to volunteer for a placement, please read the additional information - Students on placement.

As of 8th January 2020, we do not have training dates for the upcoming year, once we do we will post them on this page.

Cruse Devon are currently looking to recruit and train volunteers to support Children and Young People (CYP) in the Exeter and North Devon areas (previous experience working with/supporting children essential).  We are also looking for volunteers to work on our Area Helpline (from home or in the Area office based in Exeter), answering initial calls from bereaved people and offering immediate telephone support, advice and information and taking referrals.

We are also hoping to train volunteers who would be interested in helping to set up and run bereavement Friendship Groups in all areas of Devon.