Southwark Council are redeveloping the Abbeyfield estate, beside Southwark Park in SE16. It’s an exciting opportunity to create a new Bede Centre just a few yards away from where we are now. Southwark Council are building it for us to replace our existing premises which will be demolished in 2021. The new Bede Centre will be just over 1,000 sq metres – bigger than the buildings we have now. It will include a multi-use hall, Youth Club rooms, a community café run by trainees of our Learning Disabilities project, a music studio, bike repair workshop, one-to-one and small group spaces where our Starfish clients can meet, plus offices for all Bede’s staff, including our central administration.
Our new space has been specially designed to meet our purposes and will enable us to do even more in the years to come. We’ll still be overlooking Southwark Park and there will be a new gate right beside us to make it easier for our groups to use it.
The new Bede Centre is expected to open in 2020. 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.
However, to secure this lease, furnish and equip the new building and meet the revenue costs of such a major project, we need to raise a total of £1,200,000 by 2020. We’re asking all of our supporters to help us raise this money.
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.