Read an article in The Conversation by trustee Jo Vincett

file-20180720-142411-o690cgIt’s been two years since a coalition of lobbying groups in the UK successfully challenged Home Office policy on the immigration detention of pregnant women…read more

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OU year of #Mygration video featuring Befrienders

PipkaTo mark their Year of #Mygration, the Open University have produced a short video highlighting some key issues they have been raising awareness of, including the detention of migrants. The video includes Befrienders Jo Vincett, and Sara De Jong. You can watch the video and read more about #Mygration here

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72 hours too many…

Our Trustee Jo Vincett has co-written a blog post for No Walls, 72 hours too many- how pregnant women are let down in immigration centres. Read it here.

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All fun and games at Equality & Diversity Day

Equality and Diversity Day was marked at Yarl’s Wood IRC on Friday 29th June, and
Ali, Shirley and Befriender, Sidney proudly staffed our tombola stall on the day.

The prizes offered, including quiz books, colouring books and notebooks (all staples at our Drop in sessions at the centre!) proved a popular attraction and we had a steady flow of visitors to our stall. We ‘competed’ well with the nail-painting and hand-painting offered by other stalls! Naomi, the Welfare Officer organising the day had arranged a variety of food from samosas to spring rolls and welcome ice-creams as temperatures soared in the Sports Hall.

Entertainment included a troupe of Bollywood dancers that Sidney felt had been classically trained as their posture was exquisite and would be good enough to impress ‘Strictly’ judges!

Ali, Sidney and Shirley had time to mingle with other ‘stall-holders’ including: Pastor Lonnie, UKGLIG (UK Gay, Lesbian, Immigration Group) the ‘Voices’ project at the Higgins Bedford, British Red Cross (who are keen to promote their International Family Tracing project), Hibiscus and Kaleidoscope, the latter two being charities permanently located at the Centre.

We’re looking forward to the Yarl’s Wood IRC Summer Fete on 27th July!

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Can you speak another language…? We need you!

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We’re looking for volunteers to befriend in other languages. If you can speak another language, please get in touch at info@ywbefrienders.org.

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A friend in need. . . who are volunteer befrienders and how to become one?

p23_detention-centre-rtraxocThanks to Trustee and Befriender, Jo Vincett, for contributing to this excellent piece in the Church Times.

Volunteer befrienders at immigration-removal centres provide a service to detainees. Jemima Thackray finds out what it takes to become one

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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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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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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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