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Help, support and counselling for rape and sexual violence victims and survivors in Bedfordshire

The Hope Programme is an independent registered charity, with a telephone helpline and counselling for people aged over 10 years who have suffered rape and sexual violence, including child sexual abuse.  Our services are also available to non offending family members, partners and carers.

The Hope Programme have been awarded  Big Lottery  funding for 2017 -2020.  The grant will fully fund a new service delivery manager and a new administrator/volunteer co-ordinator, plus general running costs.  We have also secured funding for front line delivery work  from the central government Rape Support Fund.

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

The funding is a testimony to the dedication and professionalism of our counsellors, volunteers and trustees who have freely given their time and expert skills and importantly stayed with Hope, a relatively small but ambitious charity, through hard and better times.  It also recognises those over the years who have bravely asked for help against all odds and shaped our service.

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 are seeking a part time  administrator/volunteer co-ordinator, trustees and session counsellors.  Details are on the vacancies page.