Assist families in need

Balloons in Exeter assists #familiesinneed

There is nothing which impacts upon a child's or young person's life quite like the death of a loved one. Left alone to cope with traumatic loss can leave families struggling at the very time they are at their most vulnerable. Sadly children and young people do not always receive the support they need. This can have a profoundly negative impact on children and unresolved grief can lead to a wide range of problems later in life, such as poorer health and educational outcomes, depression, self-harm and suicide.

Balloons is the only group in the local area that offers bereavement support to children and young people after the death of someone significant
in their lives, helping them to understand their feelings and come to terms with their loss.

"I missed my Mummy and I was afraid because she was gone. My Balloons lady let me talk about Mummy when no one else could."

Comic Relief

Devon Community Foundation has been working in partnership with Comic Relief for over 10 years, distributing both small and large grants across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. During this time Comic Relief has channelled over £700,000 through the Foundation to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. 

“UK Community Foundations use their local expertise and networks to help us ensure our smaller grants make the maximum impact in communities all over the UK.”



of Devon children live in low-income families


invested in community groups by DCF in 2016 to assist families in need


families in need supported