Rainbow Living was founded in 2000 by a group of parents of young people with varying disabilities, who came together through their connection with Belmont Chapel in Exeter. They set up the Rainbow teaching group, which provided an opportunity for the parents to share experiences whilst giving their disabled and learning disabled children a place to come together to enjoy activities appropriate to their individual and unique needs.


As the children became young adults, the parents began to talk about the future.

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This led to the idea that some of the young members of the group could live together in supported living within the local community. The idea gathered speed and in September 2006, after much research and planning, they filed an application to become a registered charity – Rainbow Living.

Within six months Rainbow Living had received the offer of a loan large enough to buy the first Rainbow House and the parents started turning their ideas into reality. A team of volunteers and professionals worked hard to transform the chosen property into Rainbow Living's first Rainbow House, specially adapted to suit the tenants varying needs, and in 2008 five tenants moved in to the Exeter Rainbow House, supported by staff from Christian group Prospects. That same group of young people still all live there together today.

In 2010, Rainbow Living identified a need for another Rainbow House in the Torbay area. It took two years to get the funding in place and in 2012 another group of young disabled adults moved out of their family home and into the Torquay Rainbow House.

Following the success of the Rainbow Houses in Exeter and Torquay, we were approached to provide a third Rainbow House in Exeter, to provide supported living accommodation for a group of young learning disabled adults. Following four years of fundraising, planning and renovation, we are delighted that our newest tenants have now officially moved in to the Third Rainbow House.

If you would like to read more about our charity you can buy the book Rainbow Living: A Journey Begins

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Calling all (first timers and experienced!) marathon runners - could you take on the Exeter Marathon to raise funds for Rainbow Living? The Exeter Marathon, taking place on Sunday 20th May 2018, is now open for entries. The course is ideal for those competing for the first time as well as experienced runners; most of it is along the footpaths and cycle tracks of the River Exe and Ship Canal so you'll have beautiful views along the way! If you are interested in taking part please visit the website for further information or do get in touch with us if you would like to have a chat about it first. We would be very grateful to anyone who can take on this marathon challenge - we will support you in promoting your involvement and fundraising, and every penny you raise will go straight back into our work!


You can now sell your own items on eBay and donate a percentage of your sales to Rainbow Living. Through eBay for Charity you can choose to donate between 10 and 100 per cent of the final sale price to us when you sell through eBay. All your donations through eBay for Charity are paid to PayPal Giving Fund, which passes on 100% of the donation, including any Gift Aid. Click here for further information and how to!