The poor received money, time and expertise from charitable Victorian people and organisations to help them deal with poverty.
Most of these charities believed in the theory of self-help and did not think the Government should intervene.
Many also believed that the poor should be ‘educated’ to live better lives and improve themselves, and that they would provide this ‘education’.
Others linked to religion and charitable individuals often saw themselves as ‘doing God’s work’ in helping the poor.
A number of these charities were not organised on a national level. This limited their effectiveness for several reasons:
|Provider of charity||Help provided|
|Thomas Barnardo||Provision of homes for orphaned children, he began work in London in 1867|
|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|