The Salvation Army is one of the largest, most diverse providers of social services in the UK after the Government. Founded in East London in 1865, we are now working in 111 countries worldwide. As a church and registered charity, we demonstrate our Christian principles through social welfare provision. The Salvation Army is always on the front line, providing relief and helping people who are experiencing difficulties. Every day we work with various groups of the community; older people; families; young people; those suffering from addiction issues and the homeless. We are committed to changing their circumstance and improving their situations for the better through expanding and developing our services’ in new and pioneering ways.
The provision of community services to help people improve their lives is at the heart of The Salvation Army’s mission. Many of our 800 churches throughout the UK provide a sense of community and social support to local people. We believe that is vitally important to keep a sense of community as more people are living isolated lives. A larger number of older people have no one to care for them. In the more deprived communities, parents struggle to earn a living and bring up their children without support. Children and young people from broken homes are denied the opportunities they should have to develop their abilities and realise their full potential. Our services are aimed at helping communities to come together, so that people can work to improve their own lives.
This is the role of our many community centres; they provide a home for services such as luncheon clubs, youth clubs, parenting classes, drop-in centres, and support for homeless people – services that are run by Salvation Army Officers and staff, but are actively helped and supported by local people. The services at our centres are a direct response to the needs of individual communities and created through a detailed knowledge of the local area.
A lot of work is also carried out within our social service centres, we run a number of centres all over the UK, including 18 residential homes for older people; six specialist detox centre as well as 62 centres for homeless men, women and families. Our centres work with issues ranging from addiction, families, homelessness and care of the elderly.
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