A move away from laissez faire. The response initially involved private charity rather than public welfare. Self help. Samuel Smiles warned against the government helping people too much People believed poverty could be beaten by hard work and a positive attitude. What self-help was there?.
The response initially involved private charity rather than public welfare
‘Don’t give him a fish to feed him today- teach him how to fish so he can feed himself and his family every day’
George Williams, born on a farm in 1821. He and a group of fellow drapers organized the first YMCA to substitute Bible study and prayer for life on the streets. By 1851 there were 24 Ys in Great Britain, with a combined membership of 2,700.YMCA (1844)
100 homes for 100,000 orphans by 1900