Grosevnor supports Bede for its 4th year running

Grosvenor’s Summer Fete will be returning to the Biscuit Factory on Sunday 2nd September from 12-6pm. This event – which is in its fourth year – will continue to raise money for us to support our fundraising for the New Bede Centre (last year  more than £1,000 was raised for us by Grosvenor)

This year, entertainment will include the Carragher Academy for Irish Dancers, 6-piece band Decks and Quartz, live theatre performance by The Bard Buskers and Dervla & Nils, an acoustic duo from Kent! There will be plenty of activities for kids including Victorian fairground games, facepainting, balloons and Surrey Docks Farm Petting Zoo. There will also be stalls from Bells & Sons, tea and coffee from Big Local Works, drinks from Partizan Brewery and Shortwave Café, and a vegan BBQ.

We hope to see you there!


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Bede Trustee takes on the ‘Tough Mudder Challenge’ for Starfish

One of our Trustees, Wendy Cookson is taking on the ‘Tough Mudder Challenge’ this year on Saturday 29th September for the Bede Association Starfish domestic violence project.

She is joining the team of Metropolitan police officers, who work closely with Bede Independent Domestic Violence Advisors to tackle Domestic Abuse in Southwark.

For more information and if you would like to help Wendy and Southwark police raise donations for us, please visit:

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Bede success at Lambeth Palace Garden – again!

Bede had another successful day – its second year running – at Lambeth Palace garden on 3rd August. A winning combination of great weather, lots of people, food, fun and music in glorious surroundings, helped Bede to raise £4133 from 476 visitors.  Food & drink was served by staff, clients and volunteers from our Learning Disabilities project and visitors were entertained by saxophonist Megumi Mesaku a.k.a Miss Megoo!

Thanks again to everyone that came to Lambeth Palace Garden to support us or help to us including: Lambeth Palace staff and volunteers, our Trustees and Bede staff and volunteers there on the day.



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Lambeth Palace Garden: Thank you

Thank you to everyone that came to Lambeth Palace Garden on Friday to support us. Great weather, lots of people, music, fun and food in fantastic surroundings. Thanks also to Bede Trustees, staff, clients and volunteers for their help and support.

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Bede: The Bermondsey Bake Off

An article appeared on page 15 of 2nd August edition of Southwark News, highlighting Bede’s Annual Baking Day. Food correspondent and former Bede Youth Club member from the 1960s Michael Holland, judged our Learning Disabilities Project’s  event last week and he was left impressed not only by the quality of the items baked e.g. French bread, cheesey scones and cup cakes, but also by the dedication of the carers and staff that made it all happen.  Michael found the experience humbling and inspiring.

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Reminder: Bede House back at Lambeth Palace Garden, Friday August 3rd

This year we were fortunate to be invited back to host the event we did for the first time last September at Lambeth Palace Gardens. Details are as follows:

  • 12-3pm, Friday 3rd August, Lambeth Palace, SE1 7JU – Pay on the door: Adults £5, Children Free

Please see poster for details We hope we see you on the day and please mention it to anyone you think might be interested!




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Summer Fun Day is coming again!

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SummerFun @ Bede returns

Bede Youth project presents SummerFun 2018. Now in its 11th year it returns with fun, challenging and positive activities for young people living in Southwark, aged 8-19, to do during the Summer Holidays.

Thorpe Park and Brighton Beach are just two highlights.  Please see the poster for details on these and other activities.

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Bede’s Youth project winners of the 2018 Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards

Congratulations to Ronnie Palladino, Ellie Wales, Lilly-Mae Weston and Harry McGrath Bede Youth Club members, for each being presented with a Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement award during a ceremony held on Monday 9th June.

Established in 1999, the Jack Petchey Foundation makes grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25.

The Foundation exists to raise the aspirations of young people, to help them take advantage of opportunities and play a full part in society.

Well done to Fokrul and his team for helping Ronnie, Ellie, Lilly-Mae and Harry reach their achievements.

Jack Petchey Winners left to right: Ronnie, Ellie, Lilly-Mae and Harry with Bede Youth staff: Yusuf Karga, Sydney Frape Donna Wallace and Bobbi Mace.

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After nearly 17 years of running our Youth club members around, our Blue Ford Minibus says enough is enough and wants to retire from service!

Bought new in 2001, it has done nearly 150,000 miles mainly in Southwark for home pick-ups and drop offs ,  taking our members aged 8 – 19 on week-long camps to the Brecon Beacons, Forest of Treago and New Forest, as well as Surfing in Newquay and the Isle of Wight plus many more trips.

The minibus is also used by our Learning Disability project for vulnerable adults aged 18 – 65.  The bus helps them to travel to Millwall Football sessions and gives them the freedom to travel safety to and from events.

The Bede Youth Project Holiday Club with The Mayor’s Fund for London.

Bede would appreciate it if you can give your support by helping us to raise the money for a replacement bus.  You could run an event or do a sponsored activity.   The parent of one of our club members, Julie Weston, has kindly set up a JustGiving page, which you can donate to as an alternative to doing an event:

If you make a donation using Julie’s page, you may be able to Gift Aid it (where Bede claims back from the Government an additional 25p for each £1 donated) or you can hand good old fashioned cash (not too old fashioned though!) into the Bede office at 351 Southwark Park Road.

Please spread the word: tell your friends, tell your work colleagues!

Thank you all very much on behalf of Bede House / Bede Youth Staff Team all Bede Members young and old.

Fokrul Meah, Youth Project Manager

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