Each service aims to bring people of different backgrounds, skills and experiences together to build long-term, supportive relationships that help to create new opportunities for those involved.
According to government reports, some of our local neighbourhoods are still among the 10% most deprived in the country, with over 44% of children growing up in poverty. We work hard to reach those who need our support the most. Bede’s flexible “local and personalised” approach is very effective in helping people overcome hardships and achieve their potential as active citizens in the community. Bede achieves so much, it is hard to tell the full story. However, all of what we do contributes to these four great aims of Bede House Association:
- Alleviating the Effects of Poverty and Increasing Education and Employment Prospects
- Reducing Isolation and Finding Fresh Purpose in Life
- Improving Health and Well-Being
- Caring for our Environment
Bede is on the threshold of an exciting new future. The Abbeyfield Estate, where we are based, is being redeveloped and our existing Bede Centre will be demolished. However, Southwark Council has planning permission to build us a brand new, purpose designed Centre on the same estate. Work has already started, and it is hoped that the new Centre will be ready in 2022.
It is a wonderful opportunity but, like in 1938, we’re going to need the help of others to raise the £1.2million needed to buy the 125 year lease, equip the building and cover the costs of the move.