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

The Hope Programme has 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.  We work from  safe and accessible counselling rooms across Bedfordshire.

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:

  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 AND

  We have 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 strengthen victims services in Bedfordshire and link to the Signpost Hub – 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.”

NHS Talking Therapies

We are excited and delighted to work with EmbraceCVOC a national charity supporting children, young people and families who are victims of serious crime and the Bedfordshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre, to offer early access to specialist counselling in the first year, after disclosure. The aims are to support stabilisation, safety and recovery.


We wish to recruit a service delivery manager, support worker and qualified counsellors.  We also are seeking trustees to broaden our Board’s skills and experience.  If you are a special person, dynamic and motivated to improve services for survivors of sexual violence then please get in touch.

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

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