Supporter FAQs

Are you considering supporting the Boaz Trust’s work with asylum seekers and refugees?

We have set out the information below with the aim of being open about who we are, the people we support, and how your donation will be used.

If you have any questions we would like to hear from you. Call 0161 202 1056 or email engage@boaztrust.org.uk.

Are you regulated?

The Boaz Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales no.1110344 and is due to be registered with the Fundraising Regulator early in 2017. The Fundraising Regulator is the independent regulator of charitable fundraising.

Are you religious?

We are motivated by Christian values and work alongside people of all faiths and no faith.

Who does my donation help?

The majority of donations go to supporting destitute refused asylum seekers. These are individuals who have been refused asylum and subsequent appeals have been unsuccessful.  They are usually not eligible for government funded housing or benefits and do not have permission to work. As many refused asylum seekers are too fearful to return home, they are caught in a downward cycle of destitution and despair. There are problems with the asylum system and many of our clients go on to receive ‘Leave to Remain’ despite earlier refusals.  A smaller percentage of donations help destitute refugees who have recently been granted Leave to Remain and are at risk of becoming homeless.

What does my donation pay for?

We will use your donation where the need is the greatest unless you specify otherwise.  We provide accommodation, basic living essentials, practical and emotional support, legal advice and representation, and a programme of wellbeing activities. This holistic approach aims to restore the wellbeing of asylum seeker and refugee clients, and assist them moving on into alternative accommodation.

Your donation may go towards the annual running costs of a house for asylum seekers or refugees; an emergency grant for a newly accommodated client to purchase essential food and toiletries; to pay our Client Support Worker providing practical and emotional support to asylum seekers; or office rent and administrative support allowing us to deliver support effectively.

Are you a national charity?

Our service is limited to asylum seekers and refugees in Greater Manchester.

We are members of the No Accommodation Network (NACCOM) linking charities and projects across the UK who provide accommodation for destitute asylum seekers and migrants.

How much is spent on fundraising?

In 2015/16 we invested £23,290 in raising funds to sustain our charitable work. Our total expenditure in 2015/16 was £421,005.  These figures are unlikely to change significantly in the coming years.

Where does your funding come from?

The majority of our funding is received from Trusts and Foundations. We have a growing number of individual regular supporters. Refugee tenants are usually able to start paying a basic rent to Boaz once they are in receipt of housing allowance.  In 2016/17 we received £1,000 from Manchester City Council towards food provision. We do not receive any further government funding.

Do you employ staff?

All staff are paid above the living wage and our top salary does not exceed £30,000. We currently employ two part time fundraisers. We have 77 active volunteers supporting our charitable work with a further 250 volunteers specifically supporting the Winter Night Shelter. Our host families providing temporary accommodation to destitute asylum seekers are not paid.

Do you own property?

We do not own any property. Our office space is rented and houses for clients are leased from generous supporters at little or no cost.

Does my entire donation reach Boaz?

If you give online via give.net and Stewardship they will take a small administration fee of 3% to cover their service costs. To avoid third party charges you can donate in the follow ways:

  • Set up a standing order or make a one off donation via your online banking service. Please let us you have done this by emailing engage@boaztrust.org.uk so we can check your gift aid eligibility and say thank you. Our bank details are available here
  • Send a cheque to Boaz Trust, First Floor, 110 Oldham Road, Manchester M4 6AG
  • Text BOAZ44 £5 to70070

Where can I read more about your work?

Please take a look at our annual reports and sign up for our monthly newsletters.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions on 0161 202 1056 or engage@boaztrust.org.uk