currently being
housed by GP.

Project Overview
The Boaz Trust is a Christian charity working to relieve the suffering of destitute asylum seekers in Greater Manchester. The Boaz Trust was founded in 2004 by Dave Smith, in response to the growing problem of destitution amongst asylum seekers which he witnessed during his work with a local homelessness charity. Since then we have seen much growth and now have a dedicated team of volunteers and eight paid staff.

In December 2012, Boaz was selected from a pool of 1000 charities to become a winner of The Guardian Charity Awards 2012. Caroline Diehl, Chief Executive of the Media Trust and a judge on the Award panel said “The Boaz Trust is a fantastic charity which has had a direct impact in the local community, turning around the lives of destitute asylum seekers.” A short film featuring staff and clients at the Boaz was made in connection to the award – you can view it here.

Boaz has 10 houses and a network of local host families accommodating over 50 asylum seekers and 5 refugees in Greater Manchester. We also run a winter night shelter which rotates around local churches. Check out the Accommodation page for more details.

Basic Needs
We provide weekly food parcels to our residents along with toiletries and other essentials. If you want to contribute to this, please email us or pop into the office.

Advocacy and Support
We help our residents to access healthcare and we also employ a solicitor for 2 days per week to work on behalf of our clients and help progress their asylum claims. Boaz volunteers also help our clients find fresh evidence so they can move on with their asylum claim. See the Advocacy and Support page for more details.

Meaningful Lives
We provide a programme of ’Meaningful Lives’ activities and classes to prevent days from becoming empty and meaningless, and to help our clients to integrate into the community. These include English and sewing classes, arts and crafts, gardening, volunteering and training opportunities, and occasional day trips and holidays. Go to the Meaningful Lives page for more on this.

The Boaz Trust is also actively involved in awareness-raising and campaigning for changes in the asylum system. Without this, nothing will ever change. We partner with others in national campaigns, and take our roadshow to churches and other groups. We also seek to get true representations of asylum seekers in the press. Go to the Get Involved section for more on how you can do your bit!

110 Oldham Road, Manchester, UK, M4 6AG

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