The Besom in Esher

The Besom in Esher emerged in 2010 when a small number of people began praying. After a year of faithful prayer the initiative grew to include a core team of volunteers across 4 churches with many supporters from the wider area. Full operation commenced in March 2012 across the Borough of Elmbridge, Surrey as well as Chessington and has steadily increased since then.

What we do

The Besom is a bridge between those who want to give and those in need in our community. We believe the first steps to helping are often the hardest because we don’t know how to or where the need is. The Besom aims to make those first steps possible and enjoyable.

How to get involved

Giving Time as a Group

Groups, from churches, can get involved by giving time and skills to painting, decorating, cleaning and gardening projects. They are a great way to serve others, offer help and get to know people better. If you are interested, please contact us and let us know what you would like to do and we will find something that suits your group. You don’t need to be highly skilled, just enthusiastic. For more details click here.

Giving Time as an Individual

There are also lots of ways to give time as an individual, such as helping on a Besom van run collecting and delivering items, helping to sort items donated or supporting the operation of the Besom in a variety of ways. You may also have some specific skills that you would like to use to help people through the Besom in Esher, for more details click here

Prayer Support

Prayer is at the heart of The Besom vision and you could become part of our prayer network and pray for The Besom in Esher, the churches it serves and the recipients and social workers we work with. To receive regular prayer requests please click here.

Giving Things

We do not currently have any storage facility so can only take small items. We ask those who have larger items to give, such as furniture, to store them for us until we can match donors and recipients. We only accept the highest quality furniture, household items and clothing, as we want to build up those who receive what is given. We only pass on the best quality to those who have little or no choice. For more details click here.

Give Money

You can also give money through The Besom in Esher. Please specify what you want the money spent on and we will make sure 100% of your donation goes to where you have requested. For more details click here.

Operating Hours

The Besom in Esher is operated by volunteers, so we do not operate every day. We have an ‘administration day’ every Monday when we respond to all new enquiries received by phone or email.

If you would like to contact us about giving or if you work with those who would benefit from our help, we would love to hear from you. You can leave a message on 07780 918129, or send us an email at You can also visit our website for further details.

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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