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.
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.