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 120 countries worldwide.
As a church and registered charity, we demonstrate our Christian principles through social welfare provision. Worldwide there are over 1.6million members, with programmes including homeless centres, drug rehabilitation centres, schools, hospitals and medical centres, as well as nearly 16, 000 church and community centres. The work of The Salvation Army is funded through donations from its members, the general public and, where appropriate, local authority and government grants.
In the UK and Republic of Ireland, The Salvation Army has approximately: 50, 000 members (adult, junior and adherent members), 4, 000 employees, 1, 500 Salvation Army officers (full-time ministers), It provides a range of programmes and support, including: 3, 000, 000 meals served every year at community and residential centres, 79, 000 prisoners visited each year in 134 prisons, 3, 500 homeless people helped with purpose and relationship as well as housing support every night in 83 LifeHouse centres, 709 local church and community centres, 636 elderly people accommodated every night in 17 residential centres, 300 youth clubs providing a caring environment for young people, 120 drop-in centres offering support and help for people in need, 70 day centres for elderly and disabled people, 50 nurseries and playgroups, 30 Red Shield support centres for military personnel in the UK, Germany and the Falkland Islands, 10 people reunited every working day with their families through the Family Tracing Service
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