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Big Lottery Grant Success !!!  


All the hard work of the team has paid off and the Big Lottery, Reaching Communities fund, has awarded us a grant for three years.

The money is for expansion of the service, reaching more young people, especially those who don’t normally seek us out. It will enable us to extend our opening hours and place counsellors in outposts.


This extension of service will begin in September.

We owe a big thank you to the determination of our Fund Raiser Karen and to Gerry for taking the lead in this.

Our present work continues as before and continues to rely on the usual sources of funding. This includes your invaluable donations funding counselling for young people suffering emotional distress.

The next item will make it clear yet again how vital our service is to the young people of Bedfordshire and how important the plan to extend the work.


High Demand for Counselling


Last year we reported an increase in requests for counselling around January. We were waiting for the same this year and it didn’t come. It has hit now, and the waiting list has shot up. There are many factors contributing to the increase. The service is respected by GPs and other professionals and referrals are coming in from all over Bedfordshire. There are sadly too few counselling services for young people across the area.

The press continues to highlight the growing need for support for young people. Almost weekly there is an article presenting the worrying facts regarding the increased levels of low mood amongst young people across the country. A World Health Organisation report showed 15 year olds in England, Scotland and Wales are amongst the most stressed compared with other countries. Researches have been struck by the decline in life satisfaction among young people of 11-15 years.


‘Health behaviours and social habits and attitudes acquired in the critical second decade of a young person’s life can carry on into adulthood and affect the entire life course.’

Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO European regional director March 2016



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The St George’s Day Charity Fund


7for7in7 Race


Bedford Open Door is one of seven charities taking place in this joint fundraising event. There is £2000 of matched funding available for each charity provide by 7 local benefactors.


Nick Kier, partner at local estate agents Lane and Holmes is asking members of the public to join him in his fundraising event in October.


At the launch of the event for the St George’s Day Charity Fund Nick said “this is about raising money, of course, but it is also about raising awareness and getting people involved”.



BOD Charity Fund

Nick Kier (centre) with representatives from all seven Bedfordshire charities

The seven charities involved alongside Bedford Open Door are – Road Victim’s Trust, Carers in Bedfordshire, Keech Hospice Care, NSPCC Bedfordshire, Beds Garden Carers and Bedford and District Handicapped Riders’ Association


Please help Bedford Open Door to reach their target!


Enter yourself, sponsor someone else or donate to Bedford Open Door through the race website


Run, jog or walk over a half marathon course on October 26th.


For further details go to the website