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This charity aims to affirm human dignity and restore self-esteem to the women held at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre near Bedford. It supports more than 200 women each year with regular visits, offering emotional and practical help. Through a team of trained volunteers, it provides friendship, a listening ear, vital contact with the outside world and help with accessing specialist or legal support.

Allen Lane Foundation’s funding of £9,920 is split equally over two years, and covers core costs of the organisation including office rental and administration. The first instalment of the grant was made in October 2015.

www.ywbefrienders.org