About Us

Yellow Ribbon ::

Helping Change Lives

Established in 2013, Yellow Ribbon is a through-the-gate charity which works with ex-offenders, providing a vital bridge between prison and effective life back in the community.

Believing forgiveness and reconciliation are key to welcoming people out of prison and back into society we befriend, assist, challenge and change behaviour that may have lead to offending.

By offering accommodation, one to one mentoring, and helping ex-offenders address issues, we believe that lives can be turned around.

Open Door

Yellow Ribbon can provide housing for ex-offenders upon release from prison. We have properties in Telford, Shrewsbury and Walsall. With links to independent tenancies with landlords and housing associations.

Yellow Ribbon provides the critical through the gate support often needed by those who are being released from prison. -Support services include: Addiction support - Mental Health Support - Debt managment & Budget advice - Life Skills support - Support for Families

A key step in returning to a useful and productive life is securing employment / retraining. Yellow Ribbon has links to employers and opportunity to reterain / upskill and gain experience by volunteering in our projects

What our clients say

peter*

Yellow Ribbon has really saved my life. Before I came to Yellow Ribbon I was in and out of prison every couple of years, and doing drugs just to get through the days.  A couple of times I came close to dying from drugs or doing stupid stuff while on them. I didn't care. I felt my life had no value.

I don't think there was one single life-changing moment, but I guess over time I just began to accept that my life needed to change, but somehow I could never quite find the strength to do it. While inside there were detox programs sure, but there was so much mamba on the wing that nobody really stayed clean. And getting out really wasn’t that much of an improvement on being inside. A lot of previous places I ended up living at when out on release  were often well dodgy, drugs everywhere, and full of all the wrong sort of people. It’s no wonder I kept giving up and going back to my old ways

That was my life. For more years than I want to think about.

And then I somehow found my way to Yellow Ribbon when I was chucked out of prison… Oh man, has that saved me! I mean REALLY saved me. I’m sure that  I would have ended up dead one way or another.

Yellow Ribbon welcomed me in, gave me a place to live, like a really nice place too, not some grotty hostel place, we are talking about a nice house, clean and modern. My own room, big TV in downstairs lounge, broadband… nice kitchen. It's way  nicer than where I grew up.  

They sorted out my benefits, helped me solve a previous debt problem which caught up with me, and are now helping me to find a job, which is a first for me. I’ve never had a proper job before.

But the main thing is that the staff there helped me find the strength to stay off the drugs, to go to my rehab program, and to start respecting myself, and also those around me. I used to have some pretty screwed up ideas about how people  “dis-respect” me. It is only since being at Yellow Ribbon that I have really started to understand exactly what respect really means. 

They showed me that everyone has a value, and can make a place for themselves in society.  They really opened my eyes. 

I will never be able to thank everyone at YR enough for all they have done for me. They have given me a future.

Peter*

john*

I spent four years in prison. And over that time I've changed a lot, I really don't recognise the person that commited the crime all those years back. I don’t have any excuses for what I did. For a long time I looked around for someone, anyone, to blame - rather than looking to myself and seeing that the only person that could be blamed was me. I was an angry angry guy. I was an idiot. I ruined someone's life.

But, as I said - that's not who I am now, and Yellow Ribbon has been a big part of that change.

When it came to my release day, I was met at the gate by YR staff, who drove me to my first probation meeting, and then from there took me to the place I now call Home.

And Home is a really nice house in Telford. I have been sharing it for a while now with a couple of other guys who had also been released not long before me. I have my own room, which is really nice, and we share the lounge and kitchen. I get on really well with the other guys in the house.  They are in the same place in life that I am… I mean that they have accepted that its time to get their life in order, and are doing something positive about it.

And that's what YR has done, helped me get my life in order.

They have helped me sort out housing benefit and universal credit, so I had some money coming in. They helped me sign up with a doctor and a dentist. They helped me to collect some food from the local foodbank until my UC money started coming through. They even managed to get me some clothes, because I left prison with pretty much nothing.

Its all really helped. And since then I have made a lot more progress.

I’m much more confident now, and the probation service have commented on the huge progress in confidence and self reliance I have made. I have been volunteering on several of YRs projects, and have just been for a job interview which I am fairly sure I will get. Something I could never have done without all the help and support of YR.

And I have some plans now for the future too. I've seen first hand how important that all the work that YR do is. And how it can change, and even save lives. Some of the volunteers here were helped themselves by YR when they left prison, and now give up some of their time to help as Mentors and volunteers.  I hope soon to be able to give something back in the same way too.  Its a way to say thanks for all the help I have had, and to help others turn their life around the same way I have.

John*

*names and images changed for privacy – text condensed from interviews

Latest News

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Latest Coronavirus news from within the prison system.

A second death attributed to Coronavirus at HMP Littlehey confirms that prisons with an older population are at significant risk. The BBC news site today confirms a third prisoner death, with two of those three deaths at the same prison – HMP Littlehey in Cambridge. Although the deaths are indicated as being in older inmates – described as having underlying health problems, it is clear that with figures from several days back showing 65 inmates had tested positive, that coronavirus can find its way pretty much everywhere. Lawyer Simon Creighton, who has inmates among his clients, told BBC Newsnight that...

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You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.  Mind, the mental health charity has updated their guide to coping with the added stress of having to self-isolate and follow social distancing. It features a range of advice – much of which applies to us all, but with specific additional advice for those who suffer from anxiety or depression. As ever, Yellow Ribbon...

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Closed… But open

Due to the recent change in guidelines from the government around Coronavirus, Meeting Point House where our main office is located is closed. Yellow Ribbon is however still continuing to accept referrals, Currently we ask that referrals and information requests are sent to us via email ( info@yellow-ribbon.org ) or using the contact form from the front page of the site. We have put into place a series of contingency plans to ensure that ensure that we continue providing ongoing support to our clients with all of our usual services, and additionally are ready to assist those who may need...

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A prison gate shown in the open position

Early Release From Prison

Inmates could be freed to ease virus pressure on jails BBC news is reporting that “The government is considering releasing some offenders from prisons in England and Wales to ease pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.” BBC News – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52029581 And goes on to say : Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said the virus poses an “acute” risk in prisons, many of which are overcrowded. Some 3,500 prison staff – about 10% of the workforce – were off work on Tuesday because they were ill or self-isolating, a committee of MPs was told. Mr Buckland said releasing some inmates could help...

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Prison gate closing on wing with everyone behind their doors

Prisons in England and Wales on ‘immediate lockdown’

ITV news reports that Prisons in England and Wales on ‘immediate lockdown’ following latest coronavirus measures. The report comments : “Prisons in England and Wales have been put on “immediate lockdown” with all visits cancelled. The Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service said the measure was to “ensure the safe and secure functioning of our prisons, while enforcing social distancing.” It follows the Government’s strengthening of stay-at-home measures, announced in an address to the nation by the Prime Minister on Monday night. HMP Birmingham, HMP High Down, HMP Manchester, and HMP Oakwood all have one confirmed case...

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TACT - Telford after care team

Working closer with TACT

We have some exciting news about a new project working with our Partners at TACT in Wellington. We will be converting an old garage into an workshop and facilities room and operate all of our projects from there. We are excited to be working closer with TACT as we are both in the business to aid our service users in there recovery and can lean on each other to do just that. Telford After Care Team (TACT) C.I.C. was founded in 2012 by Robert Eyers who himself endured 20 years of addiction. During his recovery Rob became aware of the lack...

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Today Inside Time – the magazine for prisoners and their families reports that at present prisons will stick with normal regimes as long as possible. Inside Time published an article today which comments : “Jails will stick with normal regimes and visits “for as long as possible” in the face of the coronavirus epidemic, the Government has said. Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer QC MP said there was “a huge amount of work taking place” to plan for the impact of COVID-19. She said the top priority was the safety and wellbeing of staff, prisoners and visitors. The attempt to carry...

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Going Forward into Employment (GFiE) is a government wide scheme aimed at providing life chances people through the provision of opportunities in the civil service. A new gov.uk based blog site has started today, dedicated to increasing both awareness of the problems faced by ex-offenders upon release, and to help some of them into employment through civil service posts. The site gives a stark insight into just how few people go on to find employment : “Imagine leaving prison, determined to get a job and support yourself and your family, only to find that almost every job application asks about...

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No longer an “offender”

Inside Time the prison magazine today reports that people on probation are no longer to be called “offenders” In an article posted today on the Inside Time website, it is reported that : “Probation chiefs said they wanted to “reset the language” and use a term that would “resonate” with those under supervision. Instead of being known as an offender, anyone under supervision will be referred to as a “person subject to probation services”. The change reflects the fact that people on probation are expected to have stopped committing crimes. It will affect ex-prisoners on licence and people given community...

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Prison Healthcare

Latest Coronavirus news from within the prison system.

A second death attributed to Coronavirus at HMP Littlehey confirms that prisons with an older population are at significant risk. The BBC news site today confirms a third prisoner death, with two of those three deaths at the same prison – HMP Littlehey in Cambridge. Although the deaths are indicated as being in older inmates – described as having underlying health problems, it is clear that with figures from several days back showing 65 inmates had tested positive, that coronavirus can find its way pretty much everywhere. Lawyer Simon Creighton, who has inmates among his clients, told BBC Newsnight that...

Read More
Mind - for better mental health

Looking after your mental health while self isolating

You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.  Mind, the mental health charity has updated their guide to coping with the added stress of having to self-isolate and follow social distancing. It features a range of advice – much of which applies to us all, but with specific additional advice for those who suffer from anxiety or depression. As ever, Yellow Ribbon...

Read More
Closed sign

Closed… But open

Due to the recent change in guidelines from the government around Coronavirus, Meeting Point House where our main office is located is closed. Yellow Ribbon is however still continuing to accept referrals, Currently we ask that referrals and information requests are sent to us via email ( info@yellow-ribbon.org ) or using the contact form from the front page of the site. We have put into place a series of contingency plans to ensure that ensure that we continue providing ongoing support to our clients with all of our usual services, and additionally are ready to assist those who may need...

Read More
A prison gate shown in the open position

Early Release From Prison

Inmates could be freed to ease virus pressure on jails BBC news is reporting that “The government is considering releasing some offenders from prisons in England and Wales to ease pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.” BBC News – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52029581 And goes on to say : Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said the virus poses an “acute” risk in prisons, many of which are overcrowded. Some 3,500 prison staff – about 10% of the workforce – were off work on Tuesday because they were ill or self-isolating, a committee of MPs was told. Mr Buckland said releasing some inmates could help...

Read More
Prison gate closing on wing with everyone behind their doors

Prisons in England and Wales on ‘immediate lockdown’

ITV news reports that Prisons in England and Wales on ‘immediate lockdown’ following latest coronavirus measures. The report comments : “Prisons in England and Wales have been put on “immediate lockdown” with all visits cancelled. The Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service said the measure was to “ensure the safe and secure functioning of our prisons, while enforcing social distancing.” It follows the Government’s strengthening of stay-at-home measures, announced in an address to the nation by the Prime Minister on Monday night. HMP Birmingham, HMP High Down, HMP Manchester, and HMP Oakwood all have one confirmed case...

Read More
TACT - Telford after care team

Working closer with TACT

We have some exciting news about a new project working with our Partners at TACT in Wellington. We will be converting an old garage into an workshop and facilities room and operate all of our projects from there. We are excited to be working closer with TACT as we are both in the business to aid our service users in there recovery and can lean on each other to do just that. Telford After Care Team (TACT) C.I.C. was founded in 2012 by Robert Eyers who himself endured 20 years of addiction. During his recovery Rob became aware of the lack...

Read More

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    Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail. Isaiah 51:6, NIV Lord our God, in you we want to find our strength, in you we want to hold out even in these times. We rejoice that the end is coming, the end you are preparing, when your salvation and justice will come on earth according to your promises. Be with us and with the believing circle given to us through Jesus Christ. Make us alert and give us fresh courage again and again, however difficult life may be. We want to continue to live and find strength in the grace of Jesus Christ, holding on in joy without grumbling and complaining. Lord God, may your name be honored, your kingdom come, and your will be done in us according to your plan. Amen. Free ebook this week: The God Who Heals: Words of Hope for a Time of Sickness by Johann Christoph Blumhardt and Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt Download it here.

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Yellow Ribbon Community Chaplaincy

Meeting Point House,
Southwater Square,
Telford,
TF3 4HS
Telephone: 01952 878592
Registered Charity Number: 1168292

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