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Support and counselling for rape and sexual violence victims and survivors in Bedfordshire

The Hope Programme is a registered charity, with a helpline and support services for people aged over 10 years who have suffered rape and other forms of sexual violence, including childhood sexual abuse.  Our services are 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.”


The Hope Programme is the leading service in Bedfordshire for those who have suffered sexual violence.

We are already excellent but clients have asked for more so we have a new and exciting coaching service.

We are currently recruiting a service delivery manager, coaches, counsellors and trustees.

The service delivery manager will liaise with partners across Bedfordshire, manage a team of counsellors and ensure clients receive the services that they want, when they want.

The role will provide management and support to our team on the impact and trauma of sexual violence and how clients can be offered choices to cope and recover.

The new and exciting role  will include monitoring and measuring outcomes, research, training and relationship management with key partners inc police, the health & criminal justice sectors and community groups.

We are also seeking  counsellors for 1-1 counselling with our clients in safe settings.  You will have the opportunity to train as a coach and support Hope clients in practical and purposeful ways which are different but complimentary to therapy.

You will gain high quality support and development opportunities, specialist professional experience, free training and insight into an innovative charity.

We wish to recruit Trustees to broaden the Board’s skills and experience.  If you are a special person, dynamic and motivated to support victims 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 any of these vital and exciting roles  please contact us by email: for an informal discussion and/or application form.

The closing date is 5pm on Monday 30 October 2017 with interviews the following week.