August update from Boaz!
Welcome to our August update!
Free Shop- thank you!
Last time we shared feedback from some of our clients about our monthly Free Shop and asked whether you could consider donating food, toiletries or money to help us restock our shop.
As always- you were amazing and we were so encouraged to receive several donations including the one in the picture here which was sent anonymously!
Don’t forget you can always donate money to our Free Shop fund which enables us to buy fresh fruit and vegetables every month for delivery on Free Shop day. We don’t have the storage space to keep stocks of fresh food, so it’s great to have the funds available so that we can arrange a fresh food delivery for our clients each month.
Team Boaz out and about…
At the very end of July, some of our team headed down to Shepton Mallet for 2 weeks to take part in New Wine, a Christian summer conference attended by over 20,000 people each year.
Our exhibition stand was very busy over the two weeks and we’re especially thankful to our arty friends at Just Love in Manchester who helped us create our striking myth busting banners (see pic above). These proved to be a catalyst for so many interesting conversations with conference-goers about the myths vs. reality of immigration and asylum issues in the UK.
During the second week, we co-led a seminar with our friends from Home for Good where we talked about the current context and issues facing refugees around the world and highlighted new and existing initiatives to support refugees and asylum seekers around the UK.
If you’d like to talk to us about team Boaz coming to do a talk, seminar, workshop etc. at your community group, church, or school over the next few months, please do get in touch! We’ve already been booked in for a couple of events towards Christmas which is wonderful news. Please drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to make it happen!
Coming up this autumn…
We can’t take credit for this stunning autumnal picture (thank you internet…!) but here in Hulme the trees outside our office are definitely starting to change colour, heralding the arrival of the new season.
We’re really looking forward to everything that’s in store for Boaz this autumn. So far, our expected highlights include:
- A new term of Boaz Life activities including English and cooking
- Our informal AGM and family night (likely to be in November)
- Our final (for now!) new team member, Lydia, joining us to provide support for our refugee clients (you’ll hopefully get to meet our newest team members in our next update)
- Opening the doors on our two new Boaz shared houses
- Launching our pilot Women’s Night Shelter with 7 new church partners (and of course running our men’s night shelter for the 10th year!)
Check your doormat…!
Our fundraiser Tim (along with various helpers) has been busy sending a special thank you mailing out to all those who have given to us financially over the last year or so (and who have given us their contact details and permission to stay in touch!).
We’ll soon have our formal Trustees Annual Report and Accounts available online (on our own website as well as via the Charity Commission) but in the meantime, we wanted to share our achievements over the last year with those who’ve helped us to make it all happen.
If you don’t receive this mailing over the next week but would like a copy of our new report for supporters, please drop Tim an email on email@example.com and he’d love to pop one in the post to you (while stocks last). You’ll find out exactly how many nights accommodation we’ve provided this year and which 30+ countries our clients have come from, as well as hearing directly from two of our clients who have shared their stories and experiences of their time with Boaz.
And if you don’t currently give financially to us on a regular basis, but would like to stand with us in this way, you can sign up right now to give regularly by clicking here:
-Your regular gift of £5 each month could pay for a one day bus ticket for a client to come to our monthly Free Shop or to attend a vital legal or medical appointment.
-Your regular gift of £10 a month could contribute towards the weekly food allowance we give to clients who are not eligible to receive any other financial support
-Your regular gift of £25 a month could buy new bedding for new clients moving from the streets into a Boaz house
If you have any questions about giving to Boaz (whether regularly or as a one-off), or would like to chat to us about how you can support us in different ways please drop Tim a line on 0161 202 1056, or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org) There’s more information about our fundraising commitment to our supporters on our website along with some supporter FAQs
Thank you so much for standing with us as we work together to end destitution amongst people seeking sanctuary in the UK. We couldn’t do this without you.