Covid Update 03/7/2020

Covid Update 03/7/2020

As some aspects of lockdown are relaxed – an update on our position at YR As of next week (06/07/2020) Meeting point house where our offices are based will be opening for some levels of access. At this time however it will not be possible to return to a fully normal regime as far as either office occupancy or non-staff access is concerned. Clients and those seeking an interview for consideration / induction will have access only by prior appointment, and we shall be operating a minimal staff presence in keeping with the guidelines as published on the .Gov website. Primary contact will remain via email – info@yellow-ribbon.org or using the contact form on the main page. Telephone calls will continue to go initially to voicemail, and we will contact you asap. For the purposes of staff returning to the office, and for clients / visitors, in keeping with government guidelines we have published the following Risk Assessment which describes our analysis of the risks and steps taken to reduce them which we have put in place to control Covid-19 transmission within our offices. Risk Assessment.pdf As the situation changes we will post further updates.

Yellow Ribbon and Covid-19

Yellow Ribbon and Covid-19

An interview with Andy Partridge – Head of Operations at Yellow Ribbon There can be no downplaying the impact that the Coronavirus has had on everyone the world over right now. The news is often filled with reports of how peoples lives, their businesses and ways of working have been massively impacted by the restrictions needed to help control spread of the pandemic. I asked have asked Andy Partridge, Head of operations here at Yellow Ribbon a few questions to give a little insight into the challenges and changes we have faced during this period. ‘From your perspective as Head of operations Andy, what has been the biggest challenge of Covid-19 for the charity?‘ “No eye contact with clients has been the biggest challenge. You get so much out of a conversation with eye contact and being able to read body language.” And from conversations with other team members and keyworkers this has been a point which has been echoed  frequently.  Our mentoring system involves working closely with the clients. Building trust and improving their levels of confidence in honest communication is a vital part of the recovery and support process. Although we have worked hard to remain in close […]

Criteria for ECTR defined

Criteria for ECTR defined

As we have mentioned in several news items, there are plans to release early some prisoners who are near to the end of their sentence to assist in reducing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the prison system. To date there has been a very limited number of prisoners who have actually been released under this scheme, and this is perhaps due to in part to the fairly complex criteria involved in assessing those eligible for release. Pact (the Prison Advice and Care Trust) – a charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families. has published a fairly comprehensive outline of the criteria for ECTR which answers the following questions: Are people in prison being released early? Who cannot be released early? Who can be released early? What about the release of children and young people? Is there anything else to consider? Who decides who might be suitable for release? If a prisoner meets all these standards, do they get automatically released? How will prisoners find out about their release? Is End of Custody Temporary Release (ECTR) the same across all prisons? What are the conditions of End of Custody Temporary Release (ECTR)? How will […]

Self-help book distributed free in prisons.

Self-help book distributed free in prisons.

Inside time the prison magazine reports : With prisoners across the UK locked up in their cells, a lot of books will be read. And one book, in particular, is proving popular – because prisons are bulk-buying it to hand out free on the wings. Unconscious Incarceration is a self-help book that encourages the reader to examine their selfish habits, make a change and turn their life around. inside time : https://insidetime.org/self-help-book-handed-out-in-jails/ The book itself is based on the Dickens book A Christmas Carol, and features a heroin addict who receives three visitors who force him to stop and re-examine his past life, and to look at building a new brighter future for himself. We are sure that there will be inmates who perhaps do take the message this book hold to heart, and will draw from it to start taking the positive steps needed to turn their lives around. We know this to be the case, because those are the people we help every single day here at YR. People who want to turn their lives around, people who understand how their lives have gone wrong and want to begin to do something positive.

Yellow Ribbon re-purposes old technology to help clients stay in touch.

Yellow Ribbon re-purposes old technology to help clients stay in touch.

The team here at Yellow Ribbon have been working hard to ensure that we maintain a high level of support for our clients during the Covid-19 Lockdown period. Our latest response to the challenge has been the re-purposing of donated out-dated IT equipment to bring high-quality video calling to our houses. Many of us have grown used to the idea of video calls and remote working as part of our daily lives now, and over the last few weeks the IT department here at YR have been working to roll out our own secure version of this technology to our client houses. We at Yellow Ribbon are very conscious of the effect we have on our world through over consumption and hate things going to waste. We believe very much in recycling, reuse and re-purposing of as many things as possible and IT equipment is no exception. We have been working on developing a method of using some of the older (obsolete windows 7 spec) laptops which we have had donated as a secure video conferencing platform which allows the team here to make frequent calls to the houses to ensure client wellbeing and to make sure that social distancing […]