A third of Boaz accommodation for asylum seekers is provided by hosts. These are local families and individuals in Manchester who have a spare room to offer to an asylum seeker on a temporary basis. This may be a week, a month or longer.
We are looking to increase the number of hosts in Greater Manchester. If you would like to know more about the scheme and come and meet us please get in touch. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 202 1056.
Ideally hosts would live within the M60 or Oldham, so asylum seekers can access support at the Boaz office in Ancoats, Manchester.
The hosting scheme is flexible to fit in with different living arrangements.
Mark Cloherty, Boaz Chief Executive, will be speaking at the Urbis Research Forum’s next event on Thursday 28 February at 6pm. There will be talks from researchers and academics on the topic of refuge. All are welcome and entrance is free.
Cities of Refuge
6pm, Thursday, 28 February 2013
113-115, Portland Street
Asylum and refuge are highly contested and often politicised topics. Successive UK governments have promised to “get tough” on immigration which often leads to the targeting of a precarious population of asylum seekers and refugees who are unable to return to their country of nationality. Negative rhetoric, including the term “bogus asylum seeker”, and tactics such as the dispersal and detention of asylum seekers are deployed as a result. This session of the Urbis Research Forum intends to explore these topics from an alternative angle, looking at how activist and faith based organisations respond to the problems faced by asylum seekers and refugees. Bringing together a panel of academics, researchers and activists this session also explores the experience and links between asylum and the city, including Manchester.
Jonathan Darling (University of Manchester)
Mark Cloherty (Boaz Trust)
Mark Rainey (Goldsmiths / Queen Mary)
Yes, that time has come round again- the monthly Free Shop for Boaz residents to collect clothes, food and toiletries is happening on Wednesday 30th May!
We’re delighted that so many people have contributed to this initiative since we launched it last February, and would like to particularly thank those volunteers who attend each month to sort through donations and assist our clients, and those who generously donate each month as well!
If you would like to contribute, don’t worry, there is still time! We can take donations next week on Mon-Tues before the Free Shop on the Wednesday. Just drop stuff off at the office, 110 Oldham Road, Ancoats, M4 6AG.
We are in particular need of clothes for younger men and women, in sizes 6-8, 10, 12, and 16+. If you have donations but aren’t sure if they’re what we want, or if you want to donate but can’t bring your items in, please contact us (0161 2021056) and we’ll gladly chat to you about it!