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Support, counselling and coaching for sexual violence victims in Bedfordshire

The Hope Programme is a registered CIO, 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 services 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.”


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

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

If you are interested in this vital and exciting role  please email: for an informal discussion and/or application form.