The Besom in Woking

The Besom in Woking started in 2006 as a result of a small group of people feeling that they were being prompted to address the needs in their local community and, as Christians, to be seen to be making a positive difference.

What we do

The Besom is a bridge between those who want to give and those in need in our community. We work with many Woking churches, including Christchurch, The Coign, St Mary of Bethany, St Paul’s, The Woking Vineyard, St. Andrew’s Goldsworth Park, Holy Trinity Knaphill, The Salvation Army and the Church of the Good Shepherd at Pyrford.
We have found that many people are willing to help others but don’t know how, or where the need is. Besom aims to make those first steps easy and fun. Woking Besom is well networked with local organisations, including Social Services, Our Sanctuary, The Terence Higgins Trust, The Exchange, Citizens Advice Bureau and Local Housing Associations.

Prayer Support

You can become part of our prayer support, and pray for the Besom, the churches it serves and the recipients and social workers we work with.


1.Giving time

Individually – come out on the van with us for collections and deliveries and see how Besom works. Or help sort in the warehouse, to prepare things for sending out.
Our van days are Wednesdays, Fridays, and the occasional Saturday morning.
As a group
Decorating, cleaning or gardening – just tell us what you would like to do, how many you are, when you would like to do it, and we will arrange a project for you.

2.Giving Things

You can give anything, from sofas and beds to kettles, to vacuum cleaners; anything that goes in a home.
We only accept things that are excellent condition, because we want to give the very best to those who have no choice.

3.Giving Money

We have been given a van BUT it needs maintenance,tyres etc - we pay rent for a warehouse and we need to buy materials for decorating etc …...all this takes money! Or you can donate for a specific purpose e.g. to buy a cooker or some mattress covers (we give a new mattress cover with each bed we deliver to really bless our recipients). 

“I can’t believe the work you have done – thank you so, so, much! The bedroom carpet looks gorgeous and I like the way the room is! Thank you so much! Please thank your friend for the photos they are great! Its all wonderful and my spotlights – fantastic. Thank you so very much”


"As a Small Group we worked together on a decorating project for a single mum with three children. It was great fun getting stuck in together, and helped to build relationships within our Group outside of the normal church environment. Perhaps more importantly, the project is helping to transform the house and, thanks to the grace of God and the hard work of the Besom team in Woking, the lives of the people living it, who have recently come to our church for the first time.”

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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