The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian church and registered charity, working in 124 countries, demonstrating Christian principles through practical support; offering unconditional friendship, and very practical help to people of all ages, backgrounds and needs.
Founded in East London by William Booth in 1865, The Salvation Army is one of the largest, most diverse providers of social services in the UK after the Government. A visionary social reformer ahead of his time, William Booth believed that charity demeaned the individual and people should be offered a ‘hand up' and not ‘hand outs' to get them back on their feet.
Today, The Salvation Army extends a helping hand to those who are homeless, friendless and in need. We passionately believe that no one is beyond hope, however great their problems. That disadvantaged people are given respect and access to the practical, social and spiritual support they need to realise their God-given potential and recover their personal dignity.
Local Salvation Army churches - or corps as we call them - and community centres offer a range of activities and services within their local communities. People can get involved in all sorts of ways, through volunteering with fundraising initiatives, attending church services and helping with local activities.
In the UK and Ireland, The Salvation Army has approximately:
1,500 Salvation Army officers (full-time ministers)