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. Our latest monitoring shows that, of those who have completed Phases 1-3 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 Phase 1 & 2 programmes last 12-24 weeks and the Phase 3 Lodge programme lasts 18-24 weeks.

Do you offer a detox?

This is not available at the current time. Please contact us and we can help point you in the direction of services that can assist.

What does it mean that you are a Christian programme?

We are a programme with a Christian ethos. We accept men of all faiths and none, recognising freedom of choice in faith, as in other areas. We offer the option to attend a variety of churches in the area so residents will be able to experience a range of different services. There are two other Christian activities during the week: an ‘Exploring Faith’ group and an informal ‘Fellowship’ meeting. No-one is under any pressure to take an active part if they do not want to, but everyone is asked 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, one-to-one counselling and personal development time. 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 residents’ places funded?

Some residents’ places are still funded through the ‘traditional’ route of the drug or alcohol team in their area. In addition, we accept people who are privately funded, by themselves, their family or their church. For the increasing number of men who cannot obtain funding through any of these routes, our Good Samaritan Fund is able to sponsor the places of a number of men, giving them a chance that they would not otherwise have. In all cases, we expect our residents to contribute financially to their own recovery, normally through a proportion of their Universal Credit. In addition, we support residents in claiming Housing Benefit to cover the accommodation element of our costs.

About 50% of our total costs, including the entirety of the Good Samaritan Fund are funded through the kind support of many churches, trust funds 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:

  • Phase One, Manor Programme – £770 per week
  • Phase Two, Manor Programme – £630 per week
  • Phase Three – Funded through Housing Benefit; if not eligible, £475 per month
  • Phase Four – Funded through Housing Benefit or rent

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 in 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 Phases 1 and 2, they often feel like their rehabilitation is over. In fact, the hard work is only just beginning. To help them with this transition, the Phase 3 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 Phase 4 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.

Do you take women?

We only take men, but there are various Christian and non-Christian centres that do take women (e.g. Hebron House, Kenward Trust) see  Choices Rehabs or the Yeldall Resource Sheet for more options. We have just launched Esthertime for women – a helpline in the first instance, to be followed by short-term support groups. Contact Mandy on 07828 478 470 for more information.