Yeldall Manor is a residential rehabilitation centre, set in 38 acres of Berkshire countryside near Reading.
For nearly 40 years, we have been helping men to overcome serious drug or alcohol addictions and return to society to live new lives, drug, alcohol and crime free. We offer two consecutive programmes for men, lasting up to eleven months in total, followed by on-going aftercare in the community. The programmes combine work and training in the house and grounds, therapeutic groups and one-to-one counselling.
We are a Christian organisation and all our staff and volunteers have a Christian faith. We believe that the best means of achieving true freedom is through a relationship with Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. However, we will never impose our viewpoint upon anyone, recognising freedom of choice in faith, as in other areas.
who are we?
As a charity and company limited by guarantee, we are governed by a board of charity trustees, who are also our company directors. The Chair of the Board of Trustees is Alan Tower, who is the International Team Leader for Latin Link; an international agency with around 200 members in Latin America.
Our Chief Executive is Treflyn Lloyd-Roberts, who is also General Secretary of the International Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition (ISAAC).
The day-to-day running of the organisation is the responsibility of the CEO and Senior Leadership Team comprising the Programme Leader, Senior Counsellor, Work Programme Manager and Administration and Supporter Relations Manager, all of whom have many years’ experience within the organisation.
The clinical team, headed by the Programme Leader, comprises clinical staff including qualified counsellors and dedicated a team of Second-Stage and Aftercare staff.
The Work Programme Manager heads up a team of programme support staff, responsible for the therapeutic work element of the programme as well as the practicalities of running the house and grounds.
A team of administrative staff, including the Administration and Supporter Relations Manager, are responsible for all the administrative needs of the organisation including finance, fund-raising, admissions and other administrative tasks.
Several members of our staff team are themselves in long-term recovery (we have a minimum clean-time requirement of two years) and we are privileged to have an amazing team of full-and part-time volunteers, who invest throughout the organisation to the benefit of our residents.
Yeldall Manor was founded after a ‘chance’ encounter on a tube train led to an American couple, Bill and Joanie Yoder, inviting young addicts into their home and, miraculously, being able to purchase Yeldall Manor in 1977. Initially, this was under an organisation called ‘Operation Concern’ and, later, ‘Yeldall Christian Centres’, which is still the legal name of the charity.
Prior to that, Yeldall Manor, which was built in late-Victorian times, was initially a private house. In 1938 it became the Convent of the Good Shepherd, where the nuns cared for elderly ladies. When the nuns grew older and fewer in number themselves, in 1973, the house was rented to a different Anglican community, the charismatic ‘Community of Celebration’ and their worship team known as ‘the Fisherfolk’. Since Yeldall Manor changed to its current use in 1977, the programme and teaching has evolved and the work has grown from a handful of residents and staff to one of the most renowned rehabilitation centres in the country.