About our work

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IMPACT is the working title of Bedford Area Schools Christian Support Trust (BASCST), an initiative offering support to schools in the Bedford area. Our primary aim is to help teachers, schoolchildren and young people learn more about the Christian faith.

What IMPACT does

IMPACT operates as a Local Ministry Partner of the national organisation Scripture Union. The work of IMPACT specifically focuses on supporting schools in learning and experiencing more about the Christian faith. We believe this supports schools when evaluating the Ofsted requirements in spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students and for church schools to help address the judgements in the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS).

Our Supporters

Our supporters are drawn from churches in the North and Central Bedfordshire and provide regular financial donations to resource the work. This enables the Trust to employ schools workers who are the main point of contact with a school.

Supporting the work of IMPACT is not only through financial means. Churches also offer:

  • Venues for events
  • Prayer groups
  • Hosting meetings
  • Publicity material
  • Office space
  • Employed Schools Workers

Our School’s Workers are the face of IMPACT. They will usually be the schools’ first point of contact and aim to build positive relationships with each school.

When a school wishes to explore working with IMPACT, our workers will be happy to come and discuss ideas. Working with you they can plan appropriate activities for your school.

Take a look at what we offer to get a taste of how we can work together.


Some of our activities are supported or run by volunteers. These are Christians from local churches who are able to give time and energy to deliver activities such as Open the Book and lunch clubs. Once the link has been made with our employed workers, a volunteer may be introduced to deliver the work. They will use pre-prepared resources that have been shared with the school and will be supported by the Schools Worker.

Occasionally, a local church may approach IMPACT to explore how they might engage with local schools. Here, IMPACT can facilitate appropriate links to enhance the relationship for learning.


IMPACT cares for the overall welfare of children and young people and operates a robust Safeguarding Policy. All trustees, employed workers and volunteers are required to work to this policy. Contact us if you would like a copy of IMPACTs Safeguarding Policy.