Salvation Army Facts

Following on from yesterday’s blog post, Language and Uniform, I realised that talked about the Salvation Army as if all of you know a lot about it – this was very remise of me, so to put it right I thought today I’d share some facts with you about the Salvation Army:
  • The Salvation Army came into existence in 1878 – This was when the then Christian Mission changed its name to The Salvation Army.
  • The founder of the Salvation Army was William Booth who was born in Nottingham in 1829.
  • The Salvation Army is a registered charity
  • Many of the terms used in the Salvation Army have army associations:
  • Our ministers are called Officers (Captain, Major, …, General etc)
  • Our local churches are called Corps
  • Many corps have junior and senior bands and/or choirs
    • Junior band is known as the Young People’s Band or YP Band
    • Junior choir is known as the Singing Company
    • Senior choir is known as the Songsters
    • Senior band is known as….the Senior Band!
  • Within the UK, there are currently approximately:
    • 50,000 members (adult, junior and adherent members)
    • 4,000 employees
    • 1,500 Salvation Army officers (full-time ministers)
  • And within the UK the Salvation Army provides a range of services, including:
    • 3,000,000 meals served every year at community and residential centres
    • 79,000 prisoners visited each year in 134 prisons
    • 3,200 homeless people given food and shelter every night in 57 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
    • 6 residential centres for victims of alcohol and drug abuse
    • 6 centres for families and one community home for children
    • 2 centres for people with special needs
    • 2 employment training centres
    • 1 centre for women escaping from domestic violence

So there you go, I hope you’ve learned something from this information about the Salvation Army. You can find out more about the Salvation Army and it’s work in the UK at
The statistics used above were taken from the Salvation Army’s UK website:

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