What is your success rate?
Obviously long-term abstinence is the goal, but ‘success’ is far more than that. Even people who stay with us for a very short time experience something of how different life can be, of life in a Christian environment, crime- and substance-free. Many guys who we would not consider ‘successes’ at the time, contact us years later and say what an impact their time at Yeldall had upon them. However, evidence shows that (as of November 2016) of those who have completed both the First- and Second-Stage programmes between six and 27 months ago:
- Over 85% were currently drug and alcohol free
- 78% were in employment, voluntary work or training
This is encouraging, particularly given that the men who come to us tend to come with very high levels of need (experience of homelessness, time in prison, mental health problems, and long-term addictions).
How long are your programmes?
The First-Stage programme lasts 12-24 weeks and the Second-Stage programme lasts 18-24 weeks.
Do you offer a stand-alone detox?
No. We are only able to offer a detoxification service for men who want to join the First-Stage Programme.
What does it mean that you are a Christian programme?
We are a programme with a Christian ethos. However, we accept men of all faiths and none and we never impose our viewpoint upon anyone, recognising freedom of choice in faith, as in other areas. We attend a variety of churches in the area so residents will be able to experience a range of different services. For the first 12 weeks a resident will need to attend church once on a Sunday. However if after that, he decides he does not wish to continue with this then he is able to do so. He would still need to attend the other two Christian activities during the week, an ‘Exploring Faith’ group and an informal ‘Fellowship’ group. No-one is under any pressure to take part if they do not want to, but everyone has to respect these times and others taking part in them.
Is it a 12-step programme?
All the 12-step material is covered. However, we cover much more than just the 12 steps within our integrative and comprehensive interactive group teaching programme.
What does a typical day on the programme involve?
The programme consists of a blend of work-therapy, interactive groups and one-to-one counselling. No two days are ever the same but, over the course of a working week, these elements will be included, along with recreation and exercise, leisure time and a shopping trip.
How are residents referred to you?
The initial contact can come in all sorts of ways – families, solicitors, prisons, probation, GPs, the men themselves – but the most common way is through their local drug or alcohol service.
How are you funded?
Residents’ places have to be funded. Normally this is through the drug or alcohol team in their area. Occasionally, it can be through probation or mental health services. In addition, we accept people who are privately funded, through themselves, their family or their church. For people who cannot obtain funding through any of these routes, our Good Samaritan Bursary Fund is able to fund the places of a small number of men, giving them a chance that they would not otherwise have. These fees cover about two-thirds of our running costs, the remainder is funded through the kind support of many churches and individuals, without whom we simply would not be able to function as we do.
How much does the programme cost?
Our standard weekly fees (which are ‘topped-up’ through the generous
giving of our supporters) are:
- Detox – £850 per week
- First-Stage – £658 per week
- Second-Stage – Normally funded through Housing Benefit
- Third-Stage – No charge
How long will it take for me to get a place at yeldall manor?
This can vary enormously, depending on your situation. As long as there are available places on the programme and you having funding place, then it is possible to arrive in a very short time. However, realistically, it tends to take a number of weeks before all the references have been received and funding has been confirmed etc.
What happens to the residents when they leave?
When residents complete the First-Stage programme, they often feel like their rehabilitation is over. In fact, the hard work is only just beginning. To help them with this transition, the Second-Stage programme reintroduces them to independent living, where they have to shop, cook and clean for themselves and manage their own time. They go out to voluntary work in the community two days a week, engage in therapy groups and one-to-one counselling, and are encouraged to build relationships within local churches and AA/NA groups. Following this, residents can continue to our Third-Stage supported employment and/or Aftercare accommodation. Even if they don’t take this up, we will help and support them as they look for accommodation and paid employment or training and continue to support them through regular key-working sessions from our Aftercare team, if they want this.
How many residents can you take?
We can take up to 24 men on the main programme and 10 on the Lodge Resettlement Programme, although that would be our absolute maximum – comfortable levels are slightly below this.
Do you take women?
We don’t take women, because needy women in the same place as needy men is not a good combination. Unhealthy, co-dependent relationships would form far too often. There are various Christian centres that do take women (e.g. Hebron House, Kenward Trust) see Yeldall Resource Sheet