Bede House has been helping local people for over 80 years to improve life for themselves, their families and the community in the London Borough of Southwark.

Starfish: Support for people affected by Domestic Violence

Bede Starfish Domestic Abuse Project

Domestic Violence Caseworker/IDVA

Full time, permanent contract £26,452 to £30,540 (depending on qualifications and experience), plus contributory pension

Bede is an established, multi-purpose local charity based in Bermondsey, London SE16. Our Starfish Project provides services for clients who have experienced domestic abuse and who have complex needs. Our small team works with over 150 individuals each year using a flexible, creative casework approach and facilitates peer support through the Freedom Programme and Survivors’ Groups.

This is an exciting, demanding role for a person who has the potential to develop their casework skills and facilitate reflective support groups. You will have at least six months’ experience in casework with vulnerable individuals in crisis who are at risk of physical and emotional harm. If you do not already have a Safer Lives qualification (or equivalent) or a qualification to run the Freedom Programme there are excellent training opportunities for the successful candidate to develop their potential. Starting salary will reflect qualifications and experience. For an informal discussion about the role, please contact the project manager, Ahlam Laabori, on 020 7237 9162.

To apply, download an application pack:

  1. Applicant covering letter
  2. DV Caseworker/IDVA job description
  3. Application Form
  4. Application form guidance
  5. Information about Bede

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday July 1, 2019.
Interviews: Wednesday July 10, 2019

Project Support Worker

£23,095 per annum (pro-rata) plus contributory pension, 26-week contract, 35 hours a week, Monday to Friday

This is an exciting, demanding role providing first point of contact client assessment and office based support to the team. It is an excellent opportunity to train in Bede’s successful holistic approach to achieving long term safety for clients and their children. Candidates will have excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills, an ability to learn quickly and manage competing priorities in a fast paced setting.

To apply, download an application pack:

  1. Applicant covering letter
  2. DV Support Worker job description
  3. Application Form
  4. Application form guidance
  5. Information about Bede

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday July 8, 2019.
Interviews: Wednesday July 17, 2019


Bede is an Equal Opportunities employer, registered charity 303199

Volunteering Vacancies

Bede Starfish Domestic Abuse Project

 Volunteer Counsellor Placement

We are currently offering counselling placements for counselling/psychotherapy trainees wanting to specialise in Domestic Abuse, within an innovative service which works from a Holistic approach. It is essential that you have a qualification or be working towards a qualification in counselling / psychotherapy and be in the 2nd year of a diploma with a BACP/ UKCP framework. An understanding of working with trauma and excellent communication skills are essential. Ideally we would want the candidate to commit to a placement of at least 6 months.

About Bede Starfish Project
The Bede Starfish Project works with people affected by Domestic Violence. Our aim is to help build communities where everyone can be free from fear of violence, no matter who they are or where they come from. We offer advice and support to help female and male clients take action and rebuild their lives. Based in Southwark, we work across the whole borough to help people from all backgrounds build their confidence and be free from abuse.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of the application please call 0207237 9162 or email:

Role Spec:
• At Bede we follow the ethical framework of the BACP. The counsellor should follow these guidelines

• At Bede we work within a Person-centred therapeutic approach

• Each client has a caseworker attached to them and the role of counsellor and caseworker is clearly defined.

• To ensure the safety of clients and the integrity of our work, it is vital that the counsellor and caseworker role is not blurred.

• The counsellor will be expected to help clients manage their emotional wellbeing. Any practical matters that arise should be directed to the allocated worker.

• The counsellor should be able to build a therapeutic relationship with clients and set aims within 6-12 week blocks of one hour counselling sessions

• The counsellor should keep clear records of clients’ attendance and relevant case notes of the sessions

• The counsellor should raise any safeguarding concerns to the onsite supervisor and the Bede Starfish manager

Qualifications and Skills
• Qualified or working towards a qualification in counselling/psychotherapy with at least 150 supervised client hours within the BACP/ UKCP framework
• Knowledge of working with trauma
• Knowledge of Domestic Abuse
• Excellent communication skills
• Excellent listening skills
• To be non-judgemental and impartial
•To be honest, reliable and committed

Practical Considerations
• 2 client hours per week (this is negotiable)
• Fortnightly 1 hr clinical supervision
• Weekly supervision with project manager
• Induction to Bede
• Training on essential procedures and safeguarding

Contact: Ahlam Laabori on 020 7237 9162

Learning Disabilities Project

We are looking for volunteers to help with our allotment, wildlife and art groups. Mondays – Fridays between 9.30 and 3.30pm.

You can choose your day(s) and whether you do a morning or afternoon session.

We can offer supervision and the opportunity to attend training courses. We will reimburse your fares and you can have a free lunch if you volunteer all day.

Contact: Theresa Jones on 020 7237 8930 –

Youth Adventure Project

Sharing skills with young people e.g. IT, media, sports, music etc. Most evenings 6pm-9pm.

Contact: Fokrul Meah on 020 7231 6027


Occasional volunteering for various projects e.g. to co-ordinate an archive of old photos, to help with community events, e.g Fun days, London Marathon and various small jobs

Contact: Gwen Green on 020 7237 3881