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.

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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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Update from Thyme2Grow

logo_thyme2growFollowing 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.

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to everyone who contributed.

Best wishes, Emma





Find out more about the Scheme at: www.thyme2grow.org.uk

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Tickets now available for The Asylum Monologues – 15th June

You can now buy your tickets for The Asylum Monologues.The ticket price is £5 (£4 concessions).

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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


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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.

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Tickets also available for The Scar Test – 21st June

Buy your tickets for The Scar Test. The ticket price is £10 (£8.50 concessions).

Map to The Place, BedfordThe Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford.   MK40 3DE

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