The poor received money, time and expertise from charitable people and organisations to help them deal with poverty.

Most of these charities believed in the theory of self-help and that the poor should be ‘educated’ to live better lives and improve themselves.

The charities would provide this ‘education’. Many of them were linked to religion and charitable individuals often saw themselves ‘doing God’s work’ in helping the poor.

Provider of charityHelp provided
Thomas BarnardoProvision of homes for orphaned children
Octavia HillProperty owner who provided a good standard of housing
RSPCCProvided help for children and orphans
Salvation ArmyWork colonies set up to help the poor to learn new work and life skills