Exciting Job Opportunity at YWB!

We are currently recruiting for the role of Coordinator, to cover maternity leave for up to 14 months. The closing date for applications is Friday 22nd September and interviews will take place on Tuesday 3rd October at our offices in Bedford.

More information can be found here.

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2017 Pub Quiz

Pub Quiz Flyer 2017

Thursday 5th October – 7.30 for 8pm

Here we are again – another chance to involve your family and friends and maybe win a small prize. There will also be a raffle.

We want teams of up to 6 people prepared to embrace the fabulous new smart phone/tablet format. All for just £3 per head.

whitehorse

If you can’t assemble a whole team, don’t worry as we can put teams together on the night. 

All proceeds go to Yarl’s Wood Befrienders.

The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford, MK41 9PX

No need to book – just come along on the night. Thanks and see you there.

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Photos from Annual Meeting 2017

As promised, here is a gallery of photos from the Annual Meeting – including some of the Bedford Music in Detention choir and the performance of The Bundle, an asylum seeker’s story, by the Journeymen Theatre.

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It’s nice to get…

Appreciation Card… heartfelt appreciation once in a while. One of our Befrienders recently received a card from one of the detainees expressing the following sentiments which we’d like to share with you:

I really appreciated knowing you and may God richly bless you and give you more life. Thanks for all the support you gave to me.

God bless you, you are surely one of the Divine helper God bless me with.

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Successful Annual Meeting

We are pleased to tell you that we had a very successful Annual Meeting on the 5th July – 44 people attended. Thank you all for coming along.

It was great to be able to tell you all how far we have come in the last 12 months, what we have achieved and, more importantly, what we are planning for the future.

The-Bundle-smallThank you to Bedford Music in Detention for providing a thought-provoking musical interlude prior to the excellent performance of The Bundle, an asylum seeker’s story, by the Journeymen Theatre.

We hope to be publishing some photos from the evening in the near future.

logo Bedford MiD final

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Sessions cancelled

Due to a sudden over-abundance of Befrienders at the moment (a lovely problem to be having), we have decided to cancel the training and selection day that was due to take place in October. Also, we are running just one more information session this year on 11th October.

We are reviewing your training needs at the moment, and will set up some sessions in the new year. Please watch this space for details nearer the time.

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2017 Annual Report

YWB Ann Rpt 2017 front coverIf you have not read it yet, we have our Annual Report available. It is good to remind ourselves of all we have achieved in the last 12 months.

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IMB 2016 Annual Report on YWIRC

IMB Rpt 2016 front coverThe Independent Monitoring Board’s latest Annual Report on Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre is now available (published 26 June 2017). It covers the changes they have noted since last year, together with a new set of recommendations moving forward. They acknowledge our work within Yarl’s Wood and the successful social events we have organised there (§5.2).

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Christmas Party 2016 photos

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…

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Fundraising Choir Event – 17th June

2017-03-CommChoir-poster For a fun, song-filled evening, please support this event in Rushden. Thank you. All details are on the lovely poster.

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