We help people over 10 years of age to cope and recover from the aftermath and trauma of sexual violence.

The Hope Programme offers a telephone support line, information, counselling and coaching to people over 10 years of age in Bedfordshire who have suffered rape and sexual violence at any point in their lives.



Racial Diversity Principles

In order to create stronger, more resilient charities we are supporting the following leadership principles to address the diversity deficit in charity leadership. These principles are part of the Racial Diversity in the Charity Sector report, done in collaboration with the Institute of Fundraising.

As a leader of the Hope Programme Bedfordshire I will:

  • Acknowledge that there is a problem with racial diversity in the charity sector and commit to working to change that.
  • Recognise the important role leaders have in creating change by modelling positive behaviour and taking action.
  • Learn about racial bias and how it impacts leadership decisions.
  • Commit to setting permanent and minimum targets for diversity that reflects the participants, donors, beneficiaries and the population of the area that my charity operates in.
  • Commit to action and invest resources, where necessary, in order to improve racial diversity in my charity.
  • View staff as the sum of many parts rather than a single entity and recruit to build a diverse group of talented people collectively working towards a shared vision.
  • Recruit for potential, not perfection.
  • Value lived experience, the ability to draw from one’s lived experience and to bring insights to an organisation that can develop its work.


The Hope Programme and our Bedfordshire partners understand that  COVID-19 may cause anxiety and concern for many, not least people dealing with trauma and living with the impacts of sexual violence.

We are keeping up to date with and following Government guidance around infection control. Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers and survivors we support is our number one priority.

At the same time, we’re doing all we can to ensure we continue to provide much-needed services.

Our helpline on 0300 365 1045  will continue to operate.  Telephone services – counselling, therapy and emotional support will be offered rather than by face to face in person.   There are also a range of self-help resources available on our website. We will continue to keep existing service users and the general public informed as the situation evolves.

Whatever happens, we want you to know that we are still here

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