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Pilgrim Homes

Care homes for older Christians.

This charity is an unincorporated charitable trust. Registered Charity number: 242266. It was set up by young Christians in 1807. The terms of its founding require residents to be Protestant Christians.

Pilgrim Havens

Christian Care homes for everyone.

This charity is registered in the UK as a company limited by guarantee (number 03027071) and a registered charity number 1045920. It was set up in order to extend the high quality of Christian care offered by PFS to people of all faiths and none.

The Society was established in 1807 (then known as the Aged Pilgrim’s Friend Society) by a group of Christians who were concerned about “the aged and infirm Christian poor”. The Society has developed from these early days and now reaches out to Christian and non-Christian older people.

In those early days William Wilberforce was our Vice President and Lord Shaftesbury was a “committed friend” making the work of APFS better known wherever he went.

The early 19th century was a time before electricity; before mains drainage; before pavements; and long before the Welfare State. The agricultural society was giving way to the industrial revolution and children who had once had worked with their families in the fields were going to work in factories.


Night Shelter

Queueing for admission to a night shelter


Our history is immensely significant and we respect it by remaining committed to the guiding Christian principles of our predecessors who provided the foundation for our charitable work. We want these principles to be at the heart of every trustee’s and employee’s attitude to their work for the Society.