A Christmas puzzle to raise funds

Do you like doing a crossword puzzle? Well why not do one that will help raise much-needed funds for Yarl's Wood Befrienders? Everyone who enters this seasonal puzzle will be entered into a draw to win one of five prizes, each of £10. In addition, a prize of £30 will be awarded to each of the four highest scorers (if there are more than four potential winners there will be a draw). And YWB will receive a donation for every entrant to the puzzle (and to three other charities). Why not give it a go for us this year? Christmas Puzzle No rush... it's not available until 8th December... plenty of time to sharpen your pencils! Good luck.

Medical Justice wins important case

The High Court rules that the Government redefinition of torture in immigration detention policy is unlawful. A group of unlawfully detained torture victims have been successful in their legal challenge. The ruling found that the Home Office narrowing the definition of torture in its flag-ship policy lacked “rational or evidence base”, and is being forced to change how it treats thousands of torture victims in detention. Here's the Press Release Download the full judgement here

“There are many vulnerable women in Yarl’s Wood – we are still here.”

The latest report by Women for Refugee Women follows on from their previous reports, Detained and I Am Human. The report is based on responses from 26 women between May-September 2017 who have claimed asylum and been detained since the Adults at Risk policy came in. Their research shows that the new Adults at Risk approach – to safeguard and protect women who are vulnerable, and prevent them from being detained – is not working. Read the full report here.

Xmas 2017 plans

Important dates for your diaries: On the 20th of December we will be hosting our annual Christmas Party at Yarl's Wood. We will issue further details shortly but hope some of you can come along to help us spread some Christmas cheer. This will be preceded by an event given by The Women's Institute on 16st December. Again, details to follow...

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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