‘By ourselves, for ourselves’ – unofficial information, self-help and charities

Barbara Hately-Broad

in War and Welfare

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780719078545
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702352 | DOI:
‘By ourselves, for ourselves’ – unofficial information, self-help and charities

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This chapter discusses the information and support provided by charitable and ‘self-help’ agencies such as the Soldiers', Sailors' and Air Force Families Association and local committees. The lack of coherent policy and the competition for superiority between charitable organisations increased and mirrored the confusion caused by the lack of an overall policy between government departments, and motivated the desire to establish their own action groups, whereas the lack of coherent policy regarding the dissemination of information did not explain the rapid proliferation of local prisoner-of-war committees and support groups. The chapter raises the question of possible tensions between various charitable organisations, each of which laid claim to being the organisation primarily concerned with the welfare of prisoner of war families. It reflects upon the difference between two types of support agencies for prisoner-of-war families, namely, local prisoner-of-war committees and national charities.

Keywords: charitable agencies; self-help agencies; coherent policy; local prisoner; national charities

Chapter.  15685 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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