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 and decided to do something about it. We now do a range of activities including “van runs”, where we deliver furniture that has been bought or donated to those who need it, and painting days, when we send a team to decorate a room in the home of somebody who would struggle to do it themselves.
Those who come into contact with us regularly — whether social workers, or volunteers — will have noticed that things have gone a bit quiet of late. In 2016 a signiﬁcant number of volunteers moved away, and we took the difficult decision to pause our practical activities so that we could ensure our sustainability in the long term.
We have spent some time seeking God in prayer, and have been struck by how much we are blessed as volunteers when we reach out through Besom.
“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 58:10-11
If we are to continue to meet signiﬁcant needs in our community, we must ﬁnd more Christians to work alongside us. We are enthusiastic about Besom because we know that as people respond to the call to help, their lives will be greatly enriched.
Could you become part of our team, giving some of your time to help the least well off in our borough?
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?
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 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.
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 you have decorated their bedroom is something you will never forget. Motivate Groups of 5 or 6 people are the ideal size to go out on a decorating project with an experienced Besom leader — what about your home group or Bible study group?
Come and meet us in January!
You are invited to come and meet the team, ﬁnd out more, and enjoy drinks and refreshments:
Saturday 14th January, 3pm
The Birchwood Centre
171 Fortis Green Road
London N10 3BG
firstname.lastname@example.org or 07725 185180 if you’d like to get in touch, get involved or join our prayer/mailing list.