Posted by Admin on 29 January 2006, 12:00 am

Royal President: HRH The Duchess of Gloucester
Presidents: The Archbishops of Canterbury and York

The Society was started in 1881 by Edward Rudolf and was known as ‘The Waifs and Strays Society’.

In Victorian Britain it was up to the Church and Voluntary Organisations to take the lead in social welfare and sheer poverty in many families lead to the opening of Children’s Homes. By 1918 the Society had looked after 22,500 children.

Over the years the focus of the Society has changed from caring for children in Homes to working with children and families in the Community. They are currently concentrating on children at risk on the streets – over 270 Members of Parliament have supported their Safe and Sound Campaign to provide safe places for runaway children. They are also involved with children in trouble with the law, young refugees and disabled children.

The Children’s Society has always sought to ensure that whatever problem a child faces, they still have a real chance in life.

This year, the Children's Society celebrates its 125th anniversary.

Locally we support the Society through various fund-raising events including sales, sponsored walks, carol singing, and many supporters have boxes in their homes.

Please contact me if anyone would like one!

Tel: 01983 298700

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