HOW WE HELP

We offer both emotional and practical support for the people detained in Yarl’s Wood IRC to help them cope with the challenges of detention. Our volunteer visitors are often the only familiar faces not connected to the Immigration Service which people see, so they are a vital source of reassurance, comfort and help.

Our volunteers undertake to visit one or more detainees regularly, listening and caring about what happens to them. Although we cannot affect the outcome of their case, we can help to:

  • reduce their feelings of isolation

  • increase their connectedness with the outside world

  • improve their emotional well-being.

 

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The main services/activities we provide are:

  • our one-to-one visiting scheme with dedicated Befrienders, often visiting women who have no visitors or whose family and friends live far away

  • regular large-scale social events open to all detainees such as our summer fête and Christmas party, organised in partnership with Serco (the Centre’s operator)

  • fun, relaxed weekly drop-in sessions open to all detainees inside the restricted area of the Centre

  • practical support in the form of clothing, underwear, footwear, etc. for the many people detained with few or no personal belongings

  • mobile phone credit to keep in touch with loved ones, Befrienders, charities and solicitors.

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If you or anyone you know is currently detained in Yarl's Wood IRC, please get in touch to find out how we can help.

If you have some time to spare and would like to help us, please click here to find out how.

We offer befriending support to people held in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, aiming to reduce their isolation, reinforce their self-esteem and affirm their human dignity.

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