November 7, 2019

As it's Trustee Week we'd like to say a big *thank you* to our Trustees, who do such fantastic work.

We are currently looking for a new Treasurer to join our Board, if you think that could be you, drop us a line on

October 21, 2019

We've organised our annual smartphone quiz at The White Horse, on Thurday 28th November 2019.

Join us at 8pm and bring a smatphone or tablet to play. Entry is £3 per person, and you can download the quiz app when you get there.

October 10, 2019

We are looking for a CEO to join our small charity, to find out more about the role, please click here

October 8, 2019

Indefinite Immigration Detention Puts Mental Health at Risk.

Indefinite immigration detention places significant stress on women’s mental health, worsening existing conditions and creating new issues, says Bedford befriending charity.

Befrienders visit women in immigrati...

August 12, 2019

Shining a Light on State Sanctioned Torture through Story, Song and Poem. Lasting 65 minutes in total, Feeding the Darkness takes its title from the words of James Naylor and is presented as a series of ‘miniseries’ (monologues, duologues and poems) written from extens...

June 6, 2019

Our wonderful ‘Volunteer Of The Year’, Brenda, was interviewed as part of Volunteers' Week on Bedford Radio about befriending people in YWIRC. She did a wonderful job at getting across what it is like to be a Befriender, the challenges you face, and how it is different...

May 15, 2019

Bezna Theatre
20th May at 7:30pm

The Place Theatre

"I would like to ask the British what visa they had when they ruled us for 150 years?

Britain colonised 25% of the Earths land surface, subjugated 500 million people and justified the mass violence...

May 15, 2019

We've launched two more information sessions this year, if you're interested in finding out what Befrienders do, you can register here.

At the information session you will find out more about Yarl's Wood IRC, and about the Befrienders, and the role of befriending.

The se...

March 22, 2019

Lou has been with us for a few weeks now and has kindly written about her first week as a volunteer co-ordinator.

First days at Yarls Wood Befrienders

Wow, what a week it’s been so far!  A wonderfully warm and welcoming first few days from the team at Yarls Wood Befriend...

February 27, 2019

We are delighted to announce that Rachel Mitchell, currently employed as Finance and Fundraising Officer, has been appointed as Interim Director from 1st March. Rachel has been with the organisation for almost 10 years, having started doing a couple of hours a week adm...

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