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Families First Bedfordshire is recruiting


Starting salary – £26,473 pa

About us

Families First Bedfordshire is delighted to announce that the Big Lottery has continued to fund their Horizons Service and we are now looking to recruit a qualified Play Therapist to join our dedicated and passionate Horizons team. Horizons is an innovative service for women and children living in Bedford Borough who have been exposed to Domestic Abuse, Substance Misuse and/or Mental Ill Health.

The Horizons Play Therapy team tackles the growing mental health problem among our children by providing 1:1 and/or group therapy on a needs led basis. We have delivered our well-regarded play therapy service in local partner schools for over 5 years.

The role involves 37 hours of therapy delivery per week to children and young people in schools or other community spaces across Bedford. Our Play Therapists liaise with the school, maintain a clinical caseload, supporting this with appropriate clinical administration (including outcome measures), meet with parents/carers, attend supervision, training and CPD, and adhere to Families First Bedfordshire’s policies, procedures and Practice Standards in order to ensure the most effective support of children and young people. A full driving licence is essential for travel.

What we are looking for

There is also scope within this role to deliver training and facilitate new projects. You will have a keen interest in the work we do at FfB tied with a ‘can-do’ attitude. Demonstrable experience in supporting vulnerable children within your professional capacity as a Play Therapist is essential.

What we can offer you

You will be well supported by the Horizons Team. We will provide a safe and secure environment for you to work in and all expenses such as travel and external supervision will be met by the Charity. We offer family friendly policies; including paid family days, and a strong commitment to your continued professional development. Ongoing support and mentoring will be provided to the successful candidate through monthly line management supervisions. This is a great opportunity to work within a team of equally committed professionals.

To apply

For further details and an application pack see www.familiesfirstbedfordshire.org.uk or contact HR:

Email: hr@familiesfirstbedfordshire.org.uk Telephone: 01234 341977 X2014

Visits to FfB are welcome. Contact HR to book an appointment.

Closing date: 9.00am Monday 7 October 2019. Please note, we will be assessing applications throughout the recruitment period and reserve the right to close vacancies early if suitable candidates are identified. It is therefore advisable to submit your application as soon as possible.

FfB follows safer recruiting guidelines and this role is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance, 2 references and proof of qualifications.


Stepping Stones is recruiting

Childcare Assistant 

Salary: Starting at £8.21 per hour

Permanent contract

18-22 hours per week

Are you passionate about working with children? Do you have the skills and experience to create a safe environment where children can learn, develop and have fun?

We have an exciting opportunity for you to be part of our Childcare Team in Luton.

Stepping Stones (Luton) is a charity working with vulnerable women with an onsite childcare facility to enable women to overcome childcare barriers to attending appointments.

The role will work within Stepping Stones’ Childcare in Luton requiring the individual to provide inclusive play and learning opportunities for all children attending Childcare. You will need to maintain a safe, stimulating and enjoyable environment and be alert to potential safeguarding concerns.

You will need to have at least a Level 2 early years education and childcare qualification, with the desire to work towards a Level 3 qualification.

This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of our diverse team, supporting the provision of services for vulnerable women.

The role is hugely rewarding, but busy and demanding so you’ll need to be able to manage your time well, be able to keep a calm head under pressure.

This post is classed as having a high degree of contact with children or vulnerable adults and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. An enhanced disclosure will be sought through the Disclosure and Barring Service as part of Stepping Stones’ employment checks and personal interviews will be required as part of the employment process.

To apply please visit our website www.steppingstonesluton.co.uk to download an application form and job description. CVs will not be accepted.

For more information please contact our Childcare Manager Linda Rogers for an informal chat on 01582 457114.

Closing date for applications: Friday 27th Sept 12 noon all applications should be returned to:


Click on the logo below to download the job description

The Hope Programme is recruiting


The Hope Programme is a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in Bedfordshire working with victims - survivors of sexual violence and abuse. We provide independent specialist support to people over the age of 10 years, in secure counselling facilities in Bedford, Luton and Central Bedfordshire.

There is a vacancy for an

Administrator - Volunteer Co-ordinator

The deadline for applications is Friday 20th September. The interviews will take place on the week commencing 23rd September.

Please click on the links below for more details

THP app form[1]

Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator JD and PS[1]

Details of where to send the completed applicaton form are at the begining of the form.



Being a Parent Programme

FREE 9-week Parenting Programme for Mum, Dads and carers of children aged up to 11.

There is always something new to learn as a parent. We all know being a parent isn’t always easy.The Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC) sessions help parents develop new skills. The programme is held in a trusting, non-judgemental environment, where parents are encouraged and supported to explore new ideas. This is done in a fun, informal way and delivered by parents who have first-hand experience of the challenges of parenthood.

Booking is essential; the Being a Parent Programme includes a free crèche, Tea/Coffee & Cakes!


  • Come along to exchange ideas and tips that help with parenting

  • Develop communication skills that are effective

  • Celebrate the joys and successes of parenting

  • Learning to make playtime fun

  • Deal with the challenges of being a parent

  • Identify your own needs and your child’s needs

  • Meet likeminded parents

Where and When?

Beehive Children’s Centre, Westfield Road, Dunstable, LU6 1DW

Monday afternoons 1.00-3.00pm during school term

Beginning 30th September 2019


For more information and bookings, please contact our EPEC Hub  Co-ordinator Colette Fletcher Tel No: 01582 660061

Email: office@home-startcentralbeds.org.uk

Alex Skeel Charity Gala Night in aid of Families First Bedfordshire & ManKind


Families First Bedfordshire is delighted to have been chosen as one of the charities Alex Skeel is supporting on the 28th September 2019 at the

Charity Gala Night

This amazing event will be held at

Bedford International Athletics Stadium

7.00 until late

To book your tickets call Lee Frost: 07701 052845, but be quick there are a limited number available.

All funds raised will go towards Families First Bedfordshire's dedicated, Male Victims support service; Talk:4M.

Get out your posh frock or dinner jacket & come along to support this great cause and have a ball.

Look forward to seeing you there.


Victim Support is recruiting

Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)

Victim Support is recruiting for an experienced Independent Domestic Abuse Advisor (IDVA) to be part of our dynamic Beds IDVA team based across Bedford, Borough and Central Beds.

                   County/Borough                 Bedfordshire

                   Office location                    Bedford
                   Full time/Part time              Full time
                   Hours per week                  37.5
                   Basic Salary                       (unqualified) £23,460 per annum (qualified) £25,000 per annum
                   Contract type                     Fixed Term
                   DBS required?                   Yes
                   End date                            (if fixed term) 31/03/2020 could be extended subject to funding
                   Police vetting required?    No
                   Closing Date                     28/08/2019
                   Ref No                               2290

If you would like to apply or for more information, please. click on the link below in the logo.

You will be redirected to the Victim Support page where you can download a full job description and apply for this post. Good Luck!

TALK:4M is Families First Bedfordshire’s service for MALE victims of Domestic Abuse

Families First Bedfordshire is offering a peer group programme aimed at empowering men to cope and recover from domestic abuse. The next group starts in September for 12 weeks.

Please contact Families First Bedfordshire for more information and a referral form.

Venue details will be shared upon request.

This is open to Bedfordshire residents


Email: safeguarding@familiesfirstbedfordshire.org.uk or call 01234 341977 to find out more

Previous attendees have benefited from the group:

"This programme helps you to shift and re-focus your thoughts and feelings and I am so thankful for what it has given me. After so many years of feeling lost and broken, it has given me my life back".


"The early feelings of shame, frustration and at times anger are slowly replaced by feelings of hope, clarity and acceptance. It is very easy to blame yourself for your life experiences and what happened to you, but htis is self-debilitating and stops you from being able to move forward".


"Most importantly of all, it has taken away the shame and the stigma of the domestic abuse I have experienced. For many years I failed to seek help as I was embarrassed and I thought I was alone in what I went through. Then when my life was falling apart and I finally sought help, it took me a long time to find a source of support as all I could find were support services for women".



Click on the link below to see the poster.

TALK4M Poster Aug 2019 with no date and time 

Emotional abuse: ‘My fiance seemed perfect – but he wanted to control me’

Click on the image to read one woman's experience of domestic abuse at the hands of an older man; the story is on the BBC website.

Anna, an actress, fell in love with an older and more successful actor who seemed like the perfect man. But quickly he began to change. Read how she experienced the changing behaviour, the manipulation and the blame. She could not believe that the fairytale romance had become an abusive relationship.

What it’s like going through a domestic abuse case

Click on the image above to view a five minute film that shows one woman's journey through the legal system; the film shows the frustration and trauma that she experiences during the 12 months of the process.


If you have been a victim of domestic abuse or know someone who is experiencing abuse; please look on the Get Help pages of this website.

Domestic abuse, stalking and harassment should be reported to the Police. If you are ever in immediate danger call 999.

For more information and support call the National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline 0808 2000 247

Freedom Project – Dogs Trust


Freedom Project

Dogs Trust’s Freedom Project is a dog fostering service for people who are fleeing domestic abuse; recently it has opened to women fleeing abuse in Bedfordshire.

Dog's Trust know owning a pet can often be a barrier to fleeing domestic abuse and accessing refuge/emergency accommodation, so they offer free dog fostering until pets and survivors can be reunited. The Freedom Project is a specialist, confidential service and we are a female only team. This service is free to access, Dogs Trust covers the cost of veterinary treatment, food and any equipment that the dog may need whilst they are in foster care. They are able to offer fostering placements for 6-9 months and hope that pets and their owners can be reunited within this time. Dogs are placed directly into volunteer foster homes with experienced volunteer foster carers, who provide them with lots of love and care until they can reunited with their owner. The project is kept completely confidential, so unfortunately owners aren’t able to visit their dogs, however we do send them monthly updates and pictures of how their pets are getting along.

 We are able to consider referrals from people accessing refuge or temporary accommodation in these areas in immediately.

For more information please click on the logo below to visit the website and to see how to you can access the service.

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