Charity Organisation Society (COS) and the appointment of almoners to hospitals, 1890-1909
The Charity Organisation Society was established in 1869. It's aim was " to direct into the most effectual channels, the large amount of belvolent force at work..." It's stress was on social reform rather than individual relief and the ultimate goal was to restore as much self-sufficiency and responsibility as an individual could manage. It produced an annual Charities Register and Digest and was run through a network of District Committees.
COS was renamed the Family Welfare Association in 1946 and still operates today as Family Action, a registered family support charity. The archives of COS/FWA are held at the London Metropolitan Archives.
The archives of COS/FWA are held at the London Metropolitan Archives.
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