The Besom in Haringey

Have you ever looked around Haringey and been frustrated that there are people in desperate need of basic things, and others who have things they don’t need, which they’d love to give away, but they don’t know who to give them to?

Besom in Haringey exists to “make the link” — to be the means by which people can donate, not just their things but their time, to people in Haringey who go without. We think of ourselves as a bridge between those who have and those in need.

Besom in Haringey has existed since April 2011, when a group of local Christians looked at the diversity between the richest and the poorest in the borough.

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“If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed… you will be like a well watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail...” Isaiah 58 v10, 11,12


This is a promise we can all testify to! Continually amazed at God’s perfect matching of the needs with the donations, the whole team has experienced the blessings of being involved with Besom.

We rely completely on a volunteer team to put God’s plans into action. We are excited about what God has in store for us and are praying for more people to get involved in our work in this diverse and challenging borough.



Get Involved

Could you become part of our team, giving some of your time to help the least well off in our borough?


Support us in Prayer

We notice that when people pray regularly for Besom, the furniture we need is miraculously matched by the donations we receive; we make better, friendlier, more human connections with the clients we meet; we find there are enough people for the van runs; we get parking spaces in impossible streets. Besom runs on prayer — can you spare a little time on a regular basis to be part of the Besom engine room?


Organise Collections and Deliveries

Without doubt the greatest current need in the Besom team. This role involves phoning social workers, checking the needs against the donations, matching them up, finding out when donor and donee will be home, and creating a schedule for the van run team. This is a midweek job and can be done from home; it takes two or three hours for every van run.


Join the Van Run Team

Because we want to help those in the greatest need, all of our clients are referred to us by social workers. The smile on a child’s face when they have a proper bed and a parent’s delight at having a dining table to sit around as a family are moments you never forget. Join a van run to collect spare furniture and deliver it to someone who needs it — usually Saturday mornings, but the van is available all through the week.


Support With Financial Gifting

Whilst we keep our running costs to a minimum, we need to run and maintain our delivery van. In addition, financial gifting enables us to support families desperately in need by buying specific items of furniture – for example, beds and bunk beds for children. If you would like to offer regular financial support, please get in touch with us at


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“Our client received his washing machine today and rang to tell me how grateful he was. He said the Besom is a great charity and the two gentlemen who delivered the item were so nice. Fantastic work and thank you for helping our client”.


I had a bit of free time and God pointed me to Besom. I've got so much from being involved in the operational side - matching up 'offers' and 'needs' is so satisfying and the amount of praying and believing that "God will supply" has stretched & grown my faith.

Ruth Guthrie, St James Church, Operations team

Ways to give

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

Annual Besom Conference

29th June 2019 Ashington Parish Church, Church Lane, Ashington,
Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 3JX.
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Simplicity, Love & Justice

Simplicity, Love & Justice
- a ten week discussion course
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