Our volunteers are the backbone of our entire organisation and, without them, we would never be able to achieve what we do.  

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Provide office support 

As with any other charity, we have limited resources and rely on the support of volunteers to provide their skills and their time. We have a spare desk in our office and welcome volunteers to work regularly alongside our staff.


To let us know how you can help, please get in touch.

Information sessions

Would you like to know more about us and Yarl's Wood IRC before you volunteer to help our vulnerable and lonely detainees? If so, we would love you to join us at one of our information session. 

These friendly and commitment-free sessions, held both during the day and in the evening, last about an hour and a half, and introduce you to befriending and the huge value it provides to the people we visit.


Join us at 43 Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2AA for our next information session.

If you live further away but are keen to visit people in detention, you might like to refer to the AVID (Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees) website to see if there is an Immigration Removal Centre nearer to you.

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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