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 charity||Help provided|
|Thomas Barnardo||Provision of homes for orphaned children|
|Octavia Hill||Property owner who provided a good standard of housing|
|RSPCC||Provided help for children and orphans|
|Salvation Army||Work colonies set up to help the poor to learn new work and life skills|