Beginning as a cross-church initiative in 2002, Guildford Besom serves members and groups from churches in Guildford, Godalming, Farnham, Ash and the villages around Guildford.
To most of us Guildford may seem like an affluent town but there are many who are vulnerable and in need through situations such as isolation, poverty, ill health, homelessness and domestic violence.
Guildford Besom enables people to make a difference through practical work such as gardening,decorating and DIY and through giving good quality items, such as furniture, white goods, clothes, kitchen equipment and other household items.
Each week the Guildford Besom Van goes out picking up and delivering good quality items, and people come to sort clothes, crockery, toys, bedding and curtains.
Items that have been given include clothes, wardrobes, chest of drawers, beds, bedding, washing machines, microwaves, cookers, fridges, freezers, cuddly toys, TVs, dining tables, sofas and starter packs consisting of crockery, cutlery, kettles, and toasters.
Groups of people also get involved in decorating and gardening for the elderly, disabled and single parent families. Homes and gardens have been transformed in a day making a real difference to the quality of people's lives.
At Christmas time, hampers are prepared and delivered to homes that have been helped over the year.
Guildford Besom is in touch with social workers, health visitors, hostel workers and community workers who provide the referrals for those in need.
How you can be involved
There are many ways to get involved through:
· Giving good quality things (new or nearly 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.
· Sorting, washing and ironing clothes
· Sorting toys and household items
· Offering DIY skills
· Helping with the operations of Guildford Besom to plan and prepare activities.
We’d love to hear from you. Please call Guildford Besom on 07929 037101 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org