Out and about with Boaz Trust

Over the past few months, Boaz has been out and about sharing about our work with several churches and organisations. From Schools to conferences, we have been able to engage with several audiences ranging from small groups to several hundreds, participating in varying activities from leading church services to taking part in Q&A sessions on the work of Boaz Trust.

In the summer, our team had the opportunity to visit New Wine England and were able to speak directly to various delegates and supporters face to face at our stand in the Marketplace, New Wine’s exhibition area. We are grateful for the opportunity to interact with people, as this provides us with good opportunities for us to offer further information on the asylum seeker and refugee process, including answering questions on why people flee their countries in the first place and the different ways in which Boaz in Manchester is responding to people who find themselves in need of our assistance.

In the last year, we were delighted to have visited several churches across Greater Manchester. Our thanks to St. James & Emmanuel Didsbury, St. Cuthbert’s Cheadle, St Clements Davyhulme, Sale Moor Methodist Church, Stockport Baptist Church and others for hosting us and allowing us to come and speak to your congregations. It is great to see the response that follows our visits and we have seen people’s generosity in various ways from donating to our free shop to volunteering for our Night Shelters. Some have offered a helping hand with some DIY in our client houses, while others have started groups geared to helping refugees and asylum seekers in their communities.

Part of our vision at Boaz is to connect and support churches, organisations and individuals who are keen to serve asylum seekers and refugees, both locally and nationally. In respond to an increasing number of queries from churches across the UK over the last couple of years, our founder, Dave Smith, has been working hard behind the scenes with Jubilee+ to develop a new online resource centre, specifically for churches who want to support asylum seekers and refugees in their community. The Churches Refugee Resource Centre (R2C2) is now live and we hope it will be a really useful source of up to date information as well as practical ideas. We also have our own myth-busting leaflets and our general Boaz flyers that we can send out to any groups who are interested in our work, as well as prayer leaflets which provide more specific pointers to help people pray for the work we are involved here in Manchester, along with the wider context and situations faced by refugees not just in the UK but also across the world.

If you  are interested in any of the above or you would like to know how your church can partner with us with us in the work that we do, please click here for more information. Similarly, if you would like us to come and speak at your church or organisation, please contact our Community Engagement manager on engage@boaztrust.org.uk.

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