The Besom was founded by James Odgers in 1987. Early in that year, James left the practice of law in London to go to Hong Kong where he served in a Christian ministry involved with heroin addicts. What particularly affected him there was not so much the absolute levels of human degradation and poverty that he encountered but the ever widening gap that exists between those of us who have and can give and those who are in need. On the plane leaving Hong Kong in September 1987, James wrote the original mission statement for Besom - that it should provide a bridge between those who want to give money, time, skills or things, and those who are in need. It ensures that what is given is used effectively. The Besom began in the spare bedroom of James' basement flat in Shepherds Bush in London and now, some 26 years later, there are over 30 different Besoms scattered around the UK, all following the same principles and vision. One of these is Besom In Thurrock which operates every Tuesday out of TCF Corringham.
The purpose of Besom In Thurrock is to help Christians respond to God’s heart for the poor and the needy in our society. Besom can act as a bridge between the Christian who wants to give (either money, things, time or skills) and the person who is in need. Sometimes Christians want to make a difference but they don’t know how to go about it. Besom works in close partnership with many agencies in Thurrock and takes referrals from these agencies. We are kept informed of people’s current needs, whether for furniture, white goods, help with decorating or gardening.
Besom in Thurrock is also a facilitator; it enables every Christian in the Borough to be part of God’s response to the poor and needy. Besom provides the opportunity to engage in projects (gardening and decorating). We aim to keep people closely informed about the recipients of their gifts so that they know that their gift has really made a difference to someone else. Besom allows people to give to specific projects (eg. Single mothers, victims of domestic violence, decorating projects, etc.) All money donated is 100% devoted to the project.