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You can now buy your tickets for The Asylum Monologues.The ticket price is £5 (£4 concessions).
The performance will be at 7:30pm on Thursday, 15th June 2017 at The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s, 26 St Peters Street, Bedford. MK40 2NN
‘This waiting for the Home Office to decide … it is a diplomatic form of torture.’
ice&fire theatre explores human rights stories through performance. Through active engagement with human rights themes they create high-quality work which responds to defining issues affecting our society and the world beyond. Since 2006, their Actors for Human Rights project has been collecting and disseminating first-hand accounts of asylum seekers and refugees living in the UK, working with more than 700 volunteer actors around the country to present verbatim testimonies from people who have experienced human rights abuses. They perform to thousands of people every year across the UK, telling stories from refugees and asylum seekers, people in poverty, undocumented migrants, women in Afghanistan and more.
We thank both The Quarry Theatre and ice&fire theatre for putting on this performance. There will be a collection for us on the evening of the performance.
Buy your tickets for The Scar Test. The ticket price is £10 (£8.50 concessions).
The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford. MK40 3DE
We have now finalised details for this year’s Annual Meeting:
7pm, Wednesday, 5th July
The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford. MK40 3DE
This will be followed immediately (8pm) by a performance of The Bundle, an asylum seeker’s story by the Journeymen Theatre.
There will be a cash bar and we will gratefully receive a donation for the performance.
Just to remind you what a fun time we had, here are some photos of last year’s Christmas party, with apologies that it took us so long…
Following a tense few weeks, the Gardening at Yarl’s Wood Crowd funding campaign reached it’s all-or-nothing target amidst great excitement just before Easter. In total it raised start-up funding of £5,658 donated by 138 supporters. In particular Bedfordia Group Ltd, based in Milton Ernest, have generously sponsored one of the raised flower beds.
Thyme 2 Grow now hopes to start therapeutic gardening sessions in June. Already plants are growing and more are on order so that a splash of colour can be introduced this summer together with some edible crops.
to everyone who contributed.
Best wishes, Emma
Find out more about the Scheme at: www.thyme2grow.org.uk
What a difference a week makes – from apprehension to having fun!:
Drop-In Session 1 – 30/03/17
We (Caroline & Jess) were both feeling a little apprehensive as we arrived at Yarl’s Wood as we really didn’t know what to expect from the first drop-in session.
The aim of the session was to find out what the detainees would like to get from the morning, and to meet new people who would like a befriender. We also hoped that we would meet those ‘harder to reach’ detainees – which we did!
Of the 36 women that YWB currently visit, 14 attended the session, 13 new people came and spent some time with us and 7 initial visit forms were filled out. We met lots of young women from Iraq and Iran, and two young Eritrean girls.
As part of our monitoring and evaluation work, we managed to get 6 people to fill out a quick survey about the session, and all of them said that it made them feel happier; they felt supported; less stressed; it was a safe space to talk and would recommend another resident to visit us at future sessions.
Drop-In Session 2 – 06/04/17
What fun we (Caroline & Jess) had at the (second) drop-in session! We had been given permission from Serco Management to take in some games for the sessions, and so we played Uno, coloured in postcards, and borrowed a music CD from the library. The feedback we received once again was extremely positive, and it had a very relaxed atmosphere.
26 people came to say hello and spend some time with us and we completed 6 initial visit forms. There were a few people that came along who feel that the drop in service will be enough for them for the moment, and therefore are not in need of a weekly visit from a befriender.
We are pleased to tell you that from 30th March Caroline and Jess will be hosting a weekly Drop-In Session in YWIRC. These sessions will run every Thursday 10am–12pm in the office opposite Welfare for any female detainee. Tea, coffee & biscuits will be available to help provide a relaxed atmosphere for chat, playing games, general socialising. Over time we expect the sessions to evolve to address the needs and preferences of those who come along.
The aim of these sessions is not only to provide another opportunity to check in with those we support already but also to meet those who may be especially isolated or lonely to see if they are interested in having a Befriender. Please encourage those you visit to come along.
- Provide a healthy distraction from daily worries
- Teach new skills and interests
- Improve the outdoor environment for all to enjoy
You can help get it off the ground by:
- Supporting the Crowdfunding campaign which goes live on 2nd March 2017 at 6:00pm
- Attending the Crowdfunding launch event on 3rd March 2017, 6:00–8:00pm at The Chapter House, St Peter’s Church, De Pary’s Avenue, Bedford, MK40 2TX. Jess is going to be singing, Nina (one of our trustees) will be speaking, and there will be a quiz, as well as cake!
- Book free tickets to the event at: https://thyme2growcrowdfundinglaunch.eventbrite.co.uk/
- Find out more about the Scheme and Crowdfunding campaign at: www.thyme2grow.org.uk