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Support, counselling and coaching for sexual violence victims in Bedfordshire.

The Hope Programme Bedfordshire provides a helpline and support services for people aged over 10 years who have suffered sexual violence, including childhood sexual abuse and exploitation.    Our free services are also available to non offending family members, partners and carers in safe, comfortable and accessible rooms.

Very Good Funding News

We are immensely appreciative and pleased that Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway has awarded Hope funding for two ground breaking projects to improve local services  for victims.

First – a support worker to ensure that your first contact with us or others like the Police enables you to get the best help possible to ease the emotional pain and find other services such as health and housing.

  We have also formed a new partnership with Families first Bedfordshire for much needed services for men and boys who have experienced sexual and/or domestic violence.  This will link our 1-1 counselling and coaching with their group support.  See their website –

These services will much strengthen victims services in Bedfordshire and link to the Signpost to Support Bedfordshire – supporting those affected by crime in Bedfordshire.

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.