The Besom in Dorking started in January 2007 and serves the town of Dorking and the surrounding villages of Mole Valley. From small beginnings, our vision is for it to grow and to involve members from many churches in the area. We want to enable Christians to reach out and make a difference in their own community.
As in every town, if you look around and develop contacts within the social services, you find there are people in real need of resources that we can give; be it our time, our skills, things or money.
Since we started we have delivered a cooker, fridges, wardrobes, chest of drawers, desks and all sorts of good quality household items. Small groups from Church have got involved in decorating projects and garden clearance for those in need.

We have been blessed with the gift of a van and more recently of warehouse space that we can start to use as a base for the storage, sorting and distribution of things. As yet we do not have regular days for collection of things or a van run, but watch this space!

A core team meets approximately three times a month to pray for the work of The Besom.

How you can become involved:

Whether you are a group or an individual who would like to work with others, there are many ways you can get involved:

  • Giving good quality things (new or as new)
  • Decorating, cleaning or gardening as a group (just tell us what you would like to do, how many you are and we will arrange a project for you).
  • Helping on the van, collections and deliveries (let us know when you are available and we will arrange it!)
  • Sorting, washing and ironing clothes
  • Sorting toys and household items
  • Making up starter packs
  • Offering DIY skills
  • Helping with the operations of The Besom in Dorking
  • Prayer

Please contact The Besom in Dorking on mobile no. 07765 598 854 or by e-mail at We can use what you have to offer.

“The team were very flexible and listened to what the family needed and worked around the family. They let the family join in and helped them to feel part of it. The team were terrifically helpful and very light-hearted, and no one minded about the mess! The family were inspired to carry on and do things for themselves after the team had left”

Social Worker

“I was a little apprehensive when undertaking my first Besom project but the experience was amazing. I did it with my small group and working together has made us much closer. We did some decorating for a local family. They could not believe that we were willing to give up a Saturday to help them, and without being paid! Nothing is done at less than we would accept in our own homes and all the furniture supplied is of a very good standard. I’d like to think that we made a difference for that family”.

Time Giver

Ways to give

  • Give your time
  • Give your money
  • Give your skills
  • Give your things

Annual Besom Conference

We hold an annual conference for all those thinking about starting their own or who are interested in our work.  watch this space for details of our 2018 event!

Simplicity, Love & Justice

Simplicity, Love & Justice
- a ten week discussion course
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