How Can I Give?

The Besom exists to help Christians and churches in York to give to those in need within their local communities.

Here are some of the ways in which you can do this: 


Particularly popular at Christmas, we help people give hampers to people in need. Different types of hampers givers have made previously have included: Kitchen Packs, Baby hampers for Bundles of Joy, Toy Hampers, Food Parcels, Dining Packs and Seasonal Hampers. Hampers are a great way to bless individuals and families in need by giving them gifts of small everyday things that many people take for granted or treats and presents that they might otherwise never receive.


Many of the people we meet through the Besom have very little or nothing at all. One way you can bless people in need is by giving items. It can be anything from a spoon to a sofa, but we want to bless people with the best, so we only accept good quality items. It’s about showing people they are loved and valued by blessing them with things that we would want ourselves.


Time - Group.

Yet another way to give time with the Besom, is through giving time as a team to do a group project. Groups of people from churches and other Christian groups give time decorating, gardening, clearing, cleaning, or doing other jobs for those in need in their local area. This is also a great way for people with various practical skills to use these skills to help other. Giving time to do a project in a group is a great opportunity for church groups to meet people in their area who are in need and to support them and build a relationship with them.



 People sometimes choose to give money to the Besom. This can be regular or one-off gifts of money and it’s all about what the giver wants the money to be used for. Some givers want their gift of money to be spent on things for recipients in a specific area of the city. Others give money to buy equipment or paint for projects, or for the general running costs of the Besom. If you would like to give by cheque, please make them payable to “The Besom in York”. You can also give online here


Time - Individual.

One way you can give time as an individual is by going on the van. Van runs take place a couple of times a week, usually in the day-time, with the occasional evening run. Individual time givers can drive the van or help with the loading and unloading of things that have been given. This is a great way to make a difference in the lives of the recipients who we meet.

Another way to give time is by doing assessments for the people who are referred to us. This involves meeting the recipient, and their referrer, at their home and assessing their needs and how we can help them. This is about getting to know the recipient and their needs, and building a relationship with them. Training is provided for people wanting to give in this way.

You can also commit to pray with us or help in the office with admin or sorting donations.


Out of the box.

The Besom is here to help you give, in whatever way you feel called to. If you have something you want to give that doesn’t fit in the categories above, we would love to hear from you! In the past we have had people give a princess party, knit baby clothes, offer paintings and even offer to pick up dog poo! 


Please note

All time givers are subject to a church based referencing system and where appropriate, an enhanced DBS check.