"Love your neighbour as yourself".
Debt, domestic violence, homelessness, isolation, ill health - Guildford may seem like an affluent town but there are those who are really struggling.
Many of us long to do something to help, to “love our neighbour”, but we don’t always know where to start.
Guildford Besom began in 2002 to help members of local churches to make a real difference – and to make it easy to do so.
People can help through
- practical work (e.g. gardening, decorating and DIY)
- giving good quality items (e.g. furniture, white goods, clothes, kitchen equipment or food)
- giving money (e.g. to buy food or essential items)
and everyone can be involved.
We work closely with Social Services, Hostels, Charities and many other groups and constantly hear about people living on the edge.
We are then able to match up what is being offered with the needs we hear about.
And those giving are able to know or see first hand the effect their giving has.
Why are we called
The name 'Besom' derives from a broom made of twigs – helping people to sweep away suffering..
About The Besom
The Besom was founded by James Odgers in 1987.
James left the practice of law in London to go to Hong Kong where he served in a Christian ministry involved with heroin addicts. What particularly affected him there was not so much the absolute levels of human degradation and poverty that he encountered, but the ever widening gap that exists between those of us who have and can give and those who are in need.
On the plane leaving Hong Kong, James wrote the original mission statement for Besom - that it should provide a bridge between those who want to give money, time, skills or things, and those who are in need.