Volunteering with Boaz

We are so grateful for hundreds of volunteers over the years who have been involved in our work in so many ways: leading activities, maintaining our houses, hosting clients, helping out with office work, coordinating and supporting our night shelters, helping us raise funds and awareness of our work… and many more activities too!

We recruit specifically for volunteering opportunities as they arise and we will list any current opportunities below. If you would like to apply to volunteer for one of these positions then please complete our Volunteer Application Form, being sure to include the role you are applying for and completing the referees section. Forms should be sent to volunteer@boaztrust.org.uk.

The best way to be kept up to date with opportunities at Boaz is by following us on Twitter or Facebook, or checking this page regularly.

Unfortunately we don’t currently have any opportunities for volunteering at the present time.

We would recommend you contact some of these other great Manchester based organisations that may need your help:

City of Sanctuary
Rainbow Haven
Refugee Action

Please scroll down for specific information on hosting.

Thank you.


Hosting with Boaz

Boaz began life as a hosting organisation back in 2004, and since then we’ve offered over 280 hosting placements across Greater Manchester. In 2016, we hosted 22 men and women through our network of hosting volunteers.

Boaz gave me somewhere to live and supported me. I was living with hosts who were really nice people, and welcomed me and helped me to feel at home in their house even though I was a stranger.”
(F, Cameroon)

Hosting is an essential part of what we do and who we are as an organisation. Hosting is a very practical way that we can offer welcome, hospitality, friendship and kindness to people who are seeking sanctuary here.

Update July 2017: Please note, at the current time we are not registering any new hosts. We realise this is frustrating for people who so generously offer their spare rooms to us and we do apologise for this.

The main reason we are not taking on new hosts at the moment is because we have so few spaces coming available in our shared houses, where people generally move to after being hosted. A second reason is that we provide more than just accommodation to our clients. Unfortunately we have limited capacity (and funds) to provide the emotional, financial and practical support needed to the number of individuals we could potentially be hosting.  We felt that by taking on more and more new hosts, we would raise host expectations unfairly, as we just aren’t able to offer enough hosting placements to keep up with the number of potential hosts.

If you would still like to learn more about our hosting programme and how it works, please read our Boaz Trust Hosting FAQs 2017. If after reading this document you have any additional questions, please email us on hosting@boaztrust.org.uk

If you are from outside Manchester and would like to find about similar projects in your area, please visit www.naccom.org.uk, a national network of organisations providing accommodation for destitute asylum seekers and other migrants. In July 2017, NACCOM published a hosting toolkit using case studies from member organisations across the UK which makes a fantastic read for anyone interested in this type of work!

Thank you so much.