Salvation Army responds to concerns about discrimination

published on 1 Feb 2021

Earlier today (Monday 1 February) The Salvation Army became aware of questions on social media about the support we provide to vulnerable people and so wishes to reemphasise our policy of inclusiveness.

Secretary for Communications, Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant explains:

“Following a series of social media messages, it is clear there is some confusion and misinformation circulating about The Salvation Army discriminating against people in the provision of services. I restate our firm position that The Salvation Army sees the person and their needs first and foremost.  Not only do we want to reassure people of our focus, which is to help the most vulnerable people in society regardless of who they are, but we also want to stop misinformation from preventing someone coming forward to us for help.

“As an inclusive church and charity The Salvation Army stands against homophobia and transphobia which everyone should find as an open, hospitable and inclusive place.

“The Salvation Army is made up of thousands of people who worship, work, volunteer, donate and serve together every week. This includes many people who are LGBT+. We welcome and serve people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, race, religion or ethnicity. Anyone who comes through our doors will be welcomed, respected and assisted, based on their need and our capacity to provide. The Salvation Army must always be an open, hospitable and inclusive place for everyone.

“We are immensely grateful to all those who donate to keep our vital support services running including the emergency response vehicles like those used in the flooding in Skewen, food parcels for struggling families, hot meals for rough sleepers and doorstep friendship during the pandemic for older isolated people.”

Read our inclusion policy for more information.