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B.O.A.T.

BLACKFRIARS OVERSEAS AID TRUST (B.O.A.T)

Reg Charity 288585

 

WHO WE ARE

Welcome to BOAT!   Our charity was founded in 1984 by a group from the 9.30 Family Mass at Blackfriars in Oxford, who wanted to reach out to communities across the world. 

We have two charitable aims – the relief of poverty and the advancement of education, in Asia, Africa and South and Central America.  In practice that translates into support for a range of projects (15 or 16 at any one time) mainly in the areas of health, community development or education. 

 

WHAT WE DO

We want our funding really to “make a difference”.  So we support small scale or grass-roots projects with regular grants (currently around £2100 a year).  Occasionally we make a one-off  grant ( for things like water tanks or grinding mills).  More often a project will be funded for three years and then considered for renewal on a rolling basis.

We always look for projects with some link to the congregation or the Dominican order.  Though many have Catholic links, that is not a condition, and we don’t fund any form of evangelisation.  We aim to help communities find long term solutions to their needs, rather than short term fixes, although from time to time, we do give money to help with emergencies.  

 

SOME OF OUR PROJECTS

  • In Uganda – helping a parish in Northern Uganda build and equip a primary school
  • In Peru – supporting a township project to reduce childhood malnutrition and domestic violence
  • In Tanzania – helping a local group set up and run a pig farming business
  • In Nicaragua and Grenada – providing better nutrition for schoolchildren, to improve their educational attainment
  • In India – supporting a school for the children of rag pickers in a slum outside Delhi.

Information about the different projects supported by BOAT is contained in the Annual Report, which is available online by clicking here. 

You can find out more about BOAT from the overview on the Charity Commission website by clicking here here

 

WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL

In 2014, we raised around £49,000 and gave grants of around £48,000 in total.  We spent under £450 on administration (bank costs and producing our annual report).

We also have a personal link with all of our projects.  Each of our Trustees keeps in touch throughout the year with one or two projects and gets to understand the challenges and achievements of the people we are working with.   That’s often a very humbling experience and is a wonderful insight into the wider world for them and for the congregation as a whole.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We are very lucky in the generosity of  the congregation at Blackfriars and a wider group of supporters.  We hold regular fund raising events (cafes, concerts, recycled card and produce sales).  But we rely on the income we get from our regular donors to be sure we can commit to longer term funding. If you would like to part of the project, please print out the banker's order form and send it to BOAT, Porter’s Lodge, Blackfriars, St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LY.

The banker's order form may be found at the bottom of this page. A Word version of the banker's order can also be downloaded by scrolling up this page and clicking on the file on the right hand side of the screen.  

 

Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust (BOAT)

Registered Charity No. 288585

A Banker’s Order for regular donations, which can be cancelled by you at any time, greatly helps BOAT. We need more people to give regularly so that we can predict over a year how much money we can send to our projects overseas.

BANKER’S ORDER

To: The Manager .................................................................................................................... (Name of your Bank) Address of your Bank: ............................................................................................................................................... .............................................................................................................................Postcode: .............................. Account Number: ...............................................................................................Sort Code: ..................................... Account Name: ..........................................................................................................................................................

Please pay the monthly/quarterly/annual sum (delete as appropriate) of £ ........................... from the account number above, commencing on ...................................... (date of first payment), until further notice, to Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust, Account Number 00087533, Lloyds Bank plc, 1 High Street, Oxford OX1 4AA (Sort Code 30-96-35). This instruction cancels any previous order made by me in favour of Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust.

Signature ............................................................................... Date ........................

Please return to: The Gift Aid Treasurer, Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust (BOAT), c/o Porter’s Lodge, Blackfriars, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LY (NOT to your own Bank). --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

GIFT AID DECLARATION

Boost your donation to BOAT by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate, at no extra cost to you. Just tick this box Yes! I would like to Gift Aid this donation and any other donations I

make in the future or have made in the past 4 years to BOAT.

I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.

PLEASE USE BLOCK CAPITALS

Title: .............. First name(s): .................................. Surname: ................................................................................ Home Address: .......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... Postcode: ......................................... Please notify BOAT if you:

  •   wish to cancel this declaration

  •   change your name or home address

  •   no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains

    If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.

    Signature ............................................................................... Date ........................

    Please return to: The Gift Aid Treasurer, Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust (BOAT), c/o Porter’s Lodge, Blackfriars, St. Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LY. 

 


News & Events

2nd May
Job Opportunity - Senior Tutor

Blackfriars Hall wishes to appoint a part-time Senior Tutor.

24th Apr
'Did the Saviour See the Father?'

Fr. Simon Gaine's book, now out in paperback.

4th Mar
Br Joseph's Solemn Vows

Please pray for our brother, Joseph Bailham, OP, who made Solemn Profession last Friday here in Oxford.

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Email:Contact UsPhone:(01865) 278400Address:Blackfriars, St Giles
OXFORD,
OX1 3LY
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