Sandes Soldier's & Airmen's Centres

Sandes Soldier's & Airmen's Centres

Charity information

Sandes Soldier's & Airmen's Centres

This Mission was started by a young woman, Elise Sandes in 1869. Her heart was gripped for the welfare and salvation of soldiers as she saw the temptations and trials they faced when away from home. She started inviting soldiers to meetings in her mother’s home and from this went on to establish Sandes Homes so soldiers could experience this same practical care and Christian witness, wherever they served. Eventually, her homes were opened all over the world and as a consequence she became known as ‘Mother of the British Army’. She coined the phrase ‘A Home from Home’ which summarised her radical vision at that time. Sandes became a sanctuary in the midst of the challenging military environment where soldiers, regardless of background, could find that special Sandes care and attention. Wherever they found a Sandes they knew they would be welcome and with people who had a genuine concern for their well being. The hope was that the unconditional love and care experienced in Sandes would be a practical witness of that far greater love found in Christ. Elise died in old age after spending her life caring for soldiers. Following the pomp of a full military funeral, she was given a simple headstone which reads ‘For 66 Years The Friend of Soldiers’. Today, Sandes still remains faithful to that vision of Elise Sandes to care for and be Godly witnesses to those in the military community.

Founded 1869

  • Mission statement

    Mission Statement:
    Sandes will promote the Christian faith and ethos within friendly and welcoming Centres where we will demonstrate the love of Christ by unconditionally caring for, helping and befriending members of our Armed Forces.
    Our Aims:
    To offer friendship in the warmth of a Christian Home.
    To lead Service personnel and their families to trust in Christ for salvation.
    To build up believers to Christian maturity.

  • Aims

    Sandes Soldier's & Airmen's Centres aims to:

    • To offer friendship to those in the military within the warmth of a Christian Home.
    • To lead Service personnel and their families to trust in Christ for salvation.
    • To build up believers to Christian maturity.
  • Overview

    Established: August 1869

    Registered Charity Number: 250718

    Board members: 9

    Full time staff: 15

    Part time staff: 12

    Volunteers: 10

    Phone number: 02890500250

    Address: Unit 7 30 island Street Belfast BT4 1DH

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