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St John’s Hospice, Moggerhanger provides specialist care and support for people with life-limiting conditions living in Bedfordshire and bordering parts of Cambridgeshire. Find out more about St John’s here
 

Book Aid International
Book Aid International sends selected new books (in English) to libraries and schools in Africa and refugee camps in Lebanon via a network of partners. Over 97% of the books are donated by the publishers. Click here for more information
 


Impact supports schools in the Bedford area in empowering children to achieve their full potential. Activities include RE lessons on the Christian faith, Christian Storytelling, 1:1 Mentoring, and support for Christian Unions, clubs and Prayer Spaces. Click here for more information
 

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USPG works with Church partners affiliated to the Anglican Communion round the world. It is encouraging the Anglican Communion to deepen its engagement with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. While the churches have long been committed to tackling poverty, the UN and other development institutions are recognising that significant change is only possible if we recognise the central role that faith and spirituality play in people’s lives. Find out more here
 

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African Pastors Fellowship is enabling effective ministry in eastern Africa in three ways:

  • Pastoring of Pastors through training workshops and provision of written resources on solar-powered tablets
  • Supporting projects to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development in the communities they serve
  • Hearing African Voices so as to share their stories and advocate on their behalf

Find out more here
 

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Christian Aid works with local partners and communities to fight injustice, respond to humanitarian emergencies, campaign for change, and help people claim the services and rights they are entitled to. Find out more here

 

SchhoolReaders Schoolreaders is a charity that improves childhood literacy by providing volunteers who listen to children reading in schools on a one-to-one basis. The children benefit from the individual attention of an adult and their self-esteem increases as they gain more confidence in their reading. Find out more here

 

ACCM ACCM works mainly in the Cauldwell Ward of Bedford, where there is a lot of deprivation and a high concentration of ethnic minority communities. It promotes women’s confidence and communication skills by supporting the Cauldwell Women’s Group, and it acts as a bridge between the community and the NHS, also working closely with Prostate Cancer UK and the Terence Higgins Trust. Find out more here

 

SMART Prebend Centre
The Prebend Centre is now run by SMART!, which has particular expertise in helping with drug and alcohol addiction. The Center is open every day from 8.30am to 1pm and provides a cereal breakfast and hot lunch. Visitors can also have showers, get their washing done, and seek help from the recovery workers, who provide advice, advocacy and signposting. Find out more here

 

Compass Children's Charity
This raises funds to support street children in Central America through street outreach, provision of a safe place to live, vocational training and legal support for survivors of human trafficking. It also campaigns to raise awareness of the issues in the UK. Find out more here

 

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Befrienders visit women detained at Yarl’s Wood Immigration and Removal Centre, a few miles from Bedford. If a detainee asks for a visitor, the Befrienders arrange for a volunteer to visit her once a week. Befrienders are sometimes the only person a detainee meets from outside the Centre. Find out more here

 
 

friends for life
Friends for Life trains volunteers in Bedford to befriend people in Nursing and Residential Homes, especially those who have no family and friends to visit them. Find out more here

 
 

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Umeed Partnership brings educational opportunities to girls and women in Pakistan who would otherwise be trapped in desperate poverty, exclusion and deprivation. These opportunities are normally particularly limited for the minority Christian and Hindu communities. Find out more here

 
 

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Tibbs Dementia Foundation helps people to live better with dementia in Bedford and the surrounding areas by providing a complete range of services both for people living with dementia and also for their family carers and supporters. Click here for more information

 

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Practical Action works in partnership with some of the most remote communities worldwide to find practical solutions to the poverty they face. You can see an example of this, a programme assisting the installation of smoke hoods in homes where women cooking over open fires are causing respiratory problems for themselves and their families, in this video

 

Angel Tree LogoBedford Prison Fellowship is a prayer group whose Angel Tree Project helps maintain family contacts by buying Christmas gifts for the children of men in Bedford prison, then wrapping and posting them. Messages written by the fathers are included in the gifts.

Click here for more information about Prison Fellowship