Support our New Centre

Bede is building an exciting future as we create a New Bede Centre to serve those in need and bring our community together for generations to come.

Construction work begins in late 2019 on spacious, modern premises comprising:
• a hall for meetings and sports
• youth club rooms
• a community café beside Southwark Park, run by our Learning Disabilities group
• private rooms for confidential advice and counselling for our clients recovering from domestic abuse
• a music studio for young people
• a bicycle repair workshop

This welcoming space, scheduled to open in 2021, will be adjacent to our existing Bede Centre, which will be demolished shortly after our move. The New Bede Centre will be at ground level in Maydew House (a block of flats currently under redevelopment) giving it exceptional visibility and accessibility. It has been specially designed to meet the needs of our independent charity and enable us to expand our services over the coming years.

The new multi-use hall

Part of the redevelopment of the Abbeyfield Estate, the New Bede Centre is being built by Southwark Council and underlines the council’s commitment to our work and offers greater efficiency, suitability and sustainability for Bede’s future.

To secure the 125-year lease, furnish and equip the new building and meet the costs of the move, we need to raise £1.2 million by 2021. By buying the lease, we will be exempt from expensive annual rental charges and keep future running costs low.

Since planning permission was granted in June 2018 our generous supporters have already helped us raise over £525,000.

This is a wonderful opportunity to ensure Bede’s work will continue for future generations. In 1938, local people raised a substantial sum to buy our original Bede House and make it a focus for serving the local community. Now, you can help turn our successful past into a bright future by supporting the New Bede Centre.

We invite you to make a donation or standing order. Significant donations will be recognised through the dedication of rooms (£50,000 upwards) or acknowledgement on a specially commissioned artwork (£1,000 upwards). To find out more, please contact our office on 020 7237 3881 or email our director, Nick Dunne,

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

Architect’s site plan, with Southwark Park accessible via gates to the left of the plan

Bede Now and Tomorrow

Bede Now and Tomorrow, a short video by Chris Haydon, explores Bede’s planned move to the new Bede Centre in 2021. This key moment in Bede’s history will bring all our services together under one roof for the first time.