Join us for our Annual meeting and film showing of Human Flow by Ai Weiwei

Human Flow - jpegJoin us on 18th June at The Quarry Theatre for a screening of Artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow, a breath-taking epic film journey capturing the global refugee crisis.

The film will follow our Annual Meeting. Everyone is welcome.

Tickets are available from the Quarry Theatre £8/£6 conc.

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Major funding news!

PrintAfter working hard on our application since mid-2016, we are very pleased to tell you that we have been awarded a Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Grant.

This gives us the financial security to plan the next three years, and to recruit another paid member of staff for the office.

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Our Annual Meeting a great success

IMG_1447We’d like to say a big Thank You to all who attended our Annual meeting yesterday, 18th June at the Quarry Theatre. We had a record turnout of 61 who attended, and more who arrived for the film showing of Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow.

We would especially like to thank our Chair, Barbara and Trustee Jo for speaking. And a thank you to Bedford Film Festival for arranging the screening of the film.

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IMB release Yarl’s Wood Annual Report

Yarl’s Wood IMB reports on the dramatic increase in the number of detainees being sectioned and calls for indeterminate and unnecessary detention to be ended.

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for Yarl’s Wood IRC publishes its annual report for 2017 today.

The IMB’s main concern is the increase in the number of detainees being sectioned during the year which rose from 2 in 2016 to 14 in 2017.  It recommends the imposition of a time-limit for immigration detention and calls on the Minister to ensure that the initial decision to detain is more robust, to avoid lengthy and apparently unnecessary periods of detention, and to assess more effectively the effect of detention on the mental health of potential detainees.
The full report is published on www.imb.org.uk/reports/

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Two releases from Yarl’s Wood

yvonne-mother-1We are pleased too see these two women released from Yarl’s Wood this week following an article in the London Economic. Click on the picture to read the full article.;

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Save the date!

Put 18th June 2018 in your diary for our Annual Meeting. We’re currently finalising details so check back soon.

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High Sherrif’s Citizenship Award

Hi Sheriff 004On 21st February, we attended this year’s High Sheriff’s Citizenship Awards which recognise achievement and honour the positive work of local volunteers, charities and community groups.

We are pleased (and a little surprised) to let you know that we received the Award for North Bedfordshire from Vinod Tailor, High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, “In recognition of Great and Valuable services to the Community”.

Recent recipients include Bedford Street Angels, Canine Partners and Bedfordshire Games – illustrious company indeed.

We are very grateful to the High Sheriff for this Award.

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A Valentine’s Thank You

Valentine card 002Valentine card 001 AWe are happy to share with you this lovely handmade card presented to us by a current detainee to tell us how they feel. It’s good to see how much they appreciate what we do and how amazing it is that people can still be kind in adversity.

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… 998… 999 …

1000 A 002We are celebrating our 1000th visitor to the Thursday drop-in – quite an achievement in a little over 10 months. This has far exceeded our expectations and we are looking forward to adding a second session in the future.

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Xmas event at YMB

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