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Support, counselling and coaching for sexual violence victims in Bedfordshire

The Hope Programme is a registered charity, with a helpline and support services for people aged over 10 years who have suffered sexual violence, including childhood sexual abuse and exploitation.  Our free at point of delivery vservices are also available to non offending family members, partners and carers.

The Hope Programme have been awarded  Big Lottery  funding for 2017 -2020.

Margaret Barker, the CEO said. ” Thanks to the Big Lottery we will be able to ensure that victims and survivors of sexual violence in Bedfordshire receive the help they want, when they want it.  We anticipate more than 400 people over three years will be supported to cope, recover and move on, as far as possible to better lives.  We will be able to look at new services, such as coaching and build on our strengths.

Thank you very much to the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Team for acknowledging our work and the critical role of rape and sexual violence support centres, this funding will make a BIG difference.”


The Hope Programme is the leading service in Bedfordshire for those who have suffered sexual violence.

We are already excellent but clients have asked for more so we have a new and exciting coaching service.

We are currently recruiting life coaches, counsellors and trustees.


Counsellors and coaches  are required for 1-1 counselling with our clients in safe  and accessible settings

You will gain high quality support and development opportunities, specialist professional experience, free training and insight into an innovative charity.

We wish to recruit Trustees to broaden our Board’s skills and experience.  If you are a special person, dynamic and motivated to support victims of sexual violence, then please get in touch. We are particularly interested if you have a management, financial or legal background and are committed to improving services for underserved victims.

More information on these posts and how to apply is on our vacancies page.

If you are interested in any of these vital and exciting roles  please email: for an informal discussion and/or application form.