Southwark Council approved the plans for the new Bede Centre on February 7, 2018. This is a major milestone for the project and the plans now go to the Greater London Authority for final approval. Meanwhile, work is well underway to clear the site prior to construction.
The new Bede Centre is expected to open in 2021. It is a wonderful opportunity to ensure Bede’s work will continue for future generations. With a 125 year lease at peppercorn rent we’ll be able to keep future running costs as low as possible.
You too can be a part of this moment in our history
In 1938, the local community raised £400 (a huge sum for its time!) to buy Bede House and convert it from an old bakery. By 2020, as well as raising our annual revenue budget of around £1.1 million, we will need to raise an additional £1.2 million to complete our move to the new Bede Centre. Local and central government funding continues to be squeezed very hard, so we rely even more on the charitable support of trusts, businesses and individuals in the community. We hope that those who have benefitted from Bede in the past, perhaps as a youth club member, or as a former client of the Starfish Project, will help us pass Bede on to the next generation.
Our new Centre will acknowledge those who help us achieve our appeal target of £1.2million. Members of the community who donate at least £1,000 (excluding Gift Aid) will have their names, or those of a loved one, recorded in a specially commissioned piece of artwork.
Major donors can dedicate an entire room and discrete plaques will be placed to acknowledge their gift. Room dedication opportunities will start at £50,000, with larger multi-purpose spaces valued at up to £150,000.
If you would like to support us with a donation or a regular standing order, please contact our Central Office on 020 7 237 3881.