Bedfordshire Open Door
Who we are
Bedfordshire Open Door offers an accessible, confidential and free professional counselling service to young people aged between 13 and 25 living in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. Our aim is to enable young people to manage their own lives with confidence and safety. Fully trained, professional counsellors deliver the service.
Established in 1995, Bedford Open Door is a registered charity based in Bedford. Local people including GPs, Social Workers, Youth Workers, parents and those working within the education system recognised the need for a counselling service for young people. A board of local, experienced Trustees oversee the strategic direction of the service. The service delivery team is formed from a mix of experienced and qualified volunteer and paid counsellors. whose work is supervised by a team of clinical supervisors. The delivery, development and funding of the service is co-ordinated by the Operations Manager and Clinical Manager and supported by a number of admin receptionists, all working part time.
In 2008 we purchased a 5 bedroom residential property, 120 Tavistock Street, Bedford. In 2009 the building was transformed into a purpose built community counselling facility. In October 2011 the organistion gained British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy accreditation. The BACP service accreditation offers a kitemark standard that emphasises safe, competent and efficient service provision. Every year Bedfordshire Open Door has had to provide robust evidence of service quality and professionalism.
Here are a few comments from clients on the impact counselling has made in their lives. "As a client at BOD I was able to confront my issues head on. I received great care and compassion from my counsellor” "I felt like it really helped me and people said they noticed a difference in me since I started going” "I feel my life has changed so much thanks to my counsellor and the work we have done. I would like to thank her very much."
Our small, local charity needs additional funding to continue with this vital work.