New partnership enables Yarls Wood Befrienders charity to reward volunteers

YWB Brenda Betts & chair of trustees Barbara Conridge
YWB volunteer of the year Brenda Betts & chair of trustees Barbara Conridge

Bedford-based charity Yarls Wood Befrienders (YWB) has been awarded two nominations a year by a charity providing free hotel breaks to reward volunteers.

Room to Reward (R2R), a charity created to say thank you’ to inspirational volunteers, wants to recognise YWB volunteers who go the extra mile in their their work while visiting and supporting women in immigration detention at Yarls Wood.

R2R partner with hotels who donate their unsold rooms to provide short breaks for volunteers. 

The first YWB volunteer to receive a short break will be Benda Betts, who was YWB’s toVolunteer of the Year 2018.

 Katy Hamer, Outreach and Development Officer from Room to Reward said, It was amazing to read about the difference Brenda makes to Yarls Wood Befrienders and it’s our pleasure to help her enjoy a stay in one of our partner hotels.

 Rachel Mitchell, Interim Director at YWB said, Brenda volunteers not only for one to one visits with women in detention but also at our regular drop-in’ event at the centre, she also   manages a clothing scheme, providing free clothing to women who arrive with nothing.

 Women detained at Yarls Wood have no idea when, or if, they will be released.  Brenda and others like her help to reduce the feelings of isolation these women feel increasing their connectedness with the outside world and improving their emotional wellbeing.