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War and WelfareBritish POW Families, 1939–45$
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Barbara Hately-Broad

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719078545

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078545.001.0001

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‘By ourselves, for ourselves’ – unofficial information, self-help and charities

‘By ourselves, for ourselves’ – unofficial information, self-help and charities

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War and Welfare

Barbara Hately-Broad

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the information and support provided by charitable and ‘self-help’ agencies such as the Soldiers', Sailors' and Air Force Families Association and local committees. The lack of coherent policy and the competition for superiority between charitable organisations increased and mirrored the confusion caused by the lack of an overall policy between government departments, and motivated the desire to establish their own action groups, whereas the lack of coherent policy regarding the dissemination of information did not explain the rapid proliferation of local prisoner-of-war committees and support groups. The chapter raises the question of possible tensions between various charitable organisations, each of which laid claim to being the organisation primarily concerned with the welfare of prisoner of war families. It reflects upon the difference between two types of support agencies for prisoner-of-war families, namely, local prisoner-of-war committees and national charities.

Keywords:   charitable agencies, self-help agencies, coherent policy, local prisoner, national charities

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