Sharing stories is incredibly powerful, but for people who are have experienced trauma and persecution, as well as destitution here in the UK, it can be frightening and difficult, especially if they have concerns about the safety of family members back home. 

All the stories on this page have been shared with full permission. We usually change peoples' names at their request, as well as other details such as specific locations or organisations. The photos we use have also been taken with full consent to use on our website but don't necessarily relate to the individuals in the story. We want to thank everyone who has been willing to share their stories with us over the years.


Amie shared her experience of destitution with over 100 people from local councils and voluntary sector organisations from across Greater Manchester.


Boutros stayed in our night shelter before moving into a Boaz house. He has now moved into Home Office accommodation and is hopeful about the future.


David travelled to the UK after suffering persecution in his home country, but found himself homeless and seriously ill after arriving.


Before Boaz, Jacob used to have to spend his nights on the streets of Manchester. Here he reflects on how his life has changed.


Kate reflects on how Boaz helped her with accommodation, and supported her to grow in confidence.


Mariam is a former Boaz client who gave a key note speech on destitution at a national conference in 2018.


Mary is 60 years old and fled to the UK after experiencing violence in her home country.


Victoria comes from a country in West Africa and shared her story with us as part of the Passion Art Be Welcome exhibition.
The Boaz Trust is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1110344 at Kath Locke Centre, 123 Moss Lane East, Manchester M15 5DD. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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