The friend of soldiers
Providing friendship and pastoral support
A Christian Mission embedded within the military community
Sandes: The Soldier’s Friend
Providing friendship and support for the military community as a witness and practical expression of the Christian faith.
Founded in 1869 Sandes serves the military community working with soldiers in centres located on military bases across the UK. These neutral, non-military spaces provide a home from home for soldiers and their families who can face incredible pressures and stressful working lives.
Our Centres are designed to be sanctuaries where soldiers can find a welcoming space on camp, free from rank and the pressure of military duties.
WELFARE AND FAMILY SUPPORT
Providing support for soldiers, new recruits who face incredible pressures as they serve their country. Sandes also looks after families of soldiers through play clibs, support sessions and toddler groups.
A permanent Christian presence in military bases distributing Scriptures, offering pastoral support, Bible study, prayer meetings, children’s Bible Clubs etc.
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
Who we are
We’ve been supporting soldiers since 1869. Find out more about our founder, Elise Sandes and read how out minitry has developed over the years
We are a charity and receive no public funding. There have been occasional grants from trusts for capital projects but we depend on supporters to provide the core funding essential in keeping the work going.
It is a challenging job requiring special commitment and we are grateful to our forty staff and colunteers who run the organisation and man our Centres around the UK.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Sandes is a Christian mission. Read about our motivation and the values and principles that guide our work with the UK military.
Without Sandes I really don’t think I could of passed out. The superintendent listened in a quiet manner that calmed the most distressed of recruits. Sandes itself was a fantastic service. It was a place where recruits could go without feeling the pressure of ranks or eyes upon them. It was the single place on camp that I saw people completely relax.
On taking over as Senior Chaplain at Pirbright I saw firsthand the enormous worth that Sandes has within the military. I was extremely impressed by the dedication of the staff in providing such an excellent service for the recruits. Many told me that without Sandes, they would not have gone the distance and passed their 12 week phase one course.
I am writing as a recruit at ATC Pirbright, to express my gratitude for the excellent facility provided by the Sandes Centre here on camp. My fellow recruits and I have found it a wonderful haven of warmth and friendship in which to relax, purchase helpful items, and feel welcome, at a time when some of us have felt alone, or simply stressed out. The staff are universally polite, friendly and caring. They go out of their way to make us feel welcome and noticed, and by their presence reassure us that there is a friendly face, and someone to talk to should we need it.
Do you feel you could help us in our mission to serve the young men and women of HM forces? There are many things you could do to help us both outside and inside the wire. Get in touch for more details.
Statement of faith
SANDES SOLDIERS’ & AIRMEN’S CENTRES
To offer friendship in the warmth of a Christian Home
To lead service personnel and their families to trust in Christ for salvation
To build up believers to Christian maturity
Statement of faith
Each member of the Association and each prospective member of staff shall subscribe to his belief in and acceptance of the following rules of faith and doctrine:
(a) The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead; (b) the sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement; (c) the divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture, as originally given and its supreme authority in all matters of faith of conduct; (d) the universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the fall, rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation; (e) redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death (as our representative and substitute) of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God and the justification of the sinner by faith; (f) the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead; (g) the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective to the individual sinner, granting him repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; (h) the indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer; (i) the one Holy Universal Church, which is the body of Christ and to which all true believers belong; (j) the expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
DATA PRIVACY NOTICE
SANDES Soldier’s and Airmens’ Centres
Purpose of this Privacy NoticeThis Privacy Notice covers Sandes which is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (NIC250718). Sandes recognises the importance of your privacy and this Notice sets out the way in which we will use, disclose and protect your personal information.
Your personal data – what is it?Personal data is any information relating to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).
Who are we?Sandes is the data controller (contact details at the end of this notice). This means that we decide how your personal data is processed and for what purposes. Sandes may change this policy from time to time and any such changes will be published on our website. Notwithstanding any change to this policy, we will continue to process your personal data in accordance with your rights and our obligations in law.
How do we process your personal data?We collect data necessary for Sandes to pursue its stated charitable objective of the carrying on of religious evangelical work within HM Forces.
In furtherance of this we will use your personal data for one or more of the following purposes depending on the way in which you are connected to, engage with, or avail of services provided by Sandes:
To run the central administration of the Sandes including its centres;
To provide social and welfare care services;
To provide pastoral care;
To provide information about news, events, prayer request and activities within the Sandes including the distribution of publications, mailings and newsletters, etc.;
For administration and related purposes with regard to those who have subscribed to Sandes publications and social media;
To recruit and appoint staff to posts within Sandes;
To provide safeguarding services to Sandes and its centres;
For the purpose of conference/events management;
To enable people to participate in campaigns/allowing the administration of campaigns;
To manage properties owned or occupied by Sandes;
To manage recruitment processes and train, support, administer personnel procedures and provide a central payroll in respect of employees;
For the administration and support for users of IT resources;
To manage the central finances of Sandes including the payment of expenses/invoices, the payment of wages/salaries and the recoding of income including related gift aid administration.
Archiving for research and historical purposes;
For the fulfilment of contractual, regulatory compliance and legal obligations
To respond to general enquiries;
Data collected and processed may include, but not be limited to:
name and title;
contact information including email address;
demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests;
Sensitive data* may be collected where necessary for safeguarding purposes, or upon application to become an employee of Sandes, or for employment purposes, or where required by law.
* Article 9 GDPR defines sensitive data as information about an individual’s race, ethnic origin, politics, religion, trade union membership, genetics, biometrics (where used for ID purposes), health, sex life, or sexual orientation.
What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?Organisations are permitted to process data if they have a legal basis for doing so. Sandes processes data on the basis that:
Processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by Sandes or a third party except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data subject; and/or
Express and informed consent has been given by the person whose data is being processed; and/or
It is necessary in relation to a contract or agreement which the person has entered into or because the person has asked for something to be done so they can enter into a contract or agreement; and/or
There is a legal obligation on the Sandes to process data; and/or
Processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person.
Where we process special category sensitive data (under Article 9 of the GDPR) we process data on the basis that:
Explicit consent has been given by the person whose data is being processed; and/or
It is necessary for Sandes in carrying out its obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement; and/or
Processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of a data subject or another individual where the data subject is physically or legally incapable of giving consent; and/or
Sandes is a not-for-profit membership organisation with a religious aim and the processing relates only to members or former members or those who have regular contact with it in connection with its purposes, and no disclosure is made to a third party without consent of the person whose data is being processed; and/or
Processing is necessary for archiving purposes in the public interest, or scientific and historical research purposes or statistical purposes.
Data Integrity and SecurityWe comply with our obligations under data protection regulations by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.
Sharing your personal dataYour data will not be shared outside of Sandes, except where required to do so by law, or with trusted third parties (mailing, cloud storage, printing etc.), and only once satisfied that any such use of data will accord with this policy. Explicit, informed consent will be sought from individuals whenever and wherever required in accordance with data protection legislation.
How long do we keep your personal data?Sandes will only retain your personal data for as long as it is legitimately required to fulfil the purpose or purposes for which it is required. This will include compliance with statutory retention periods.
We will regularly review the data we hold and securely delete or destroy any personal data that is no longer necessary for processing.
Your rights and your personal dataUnless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: –
To run the central administration of Sandes including its Committees, Centres etc.;
The right to request a copy of your personal data which Sandes holds about you;
The right to request that Sandes correct any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for Sandes to retain such data;
The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
The right to request that Sandes provide you with your personal data and, where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller
The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
The right to object to the processing of personal data.
The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Further processingIf we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Privacy Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.
Contact DetailsTo exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact the Data Protection Coordinator at:
Sandes Unit 7, 30 Island Street
Sandes is a highly respected Christian charity working to support those who serve in Armed Services and their families. The charity was started in 1869 by a young woman, Elise Sandes. She was deeply concerned for the welfare of English soldiers in her home town of Tralee who were scorned by civilian society. Recognising the temptations and loneliness of these men serving away from home, she went against the prejudice of her time offering them friendship and inviting them to meetings in her mother’s home.
She inspired many others to catch her vision. Starting with a coffee room in Tralee the work quickly developed and Sandes Homes were opened throughout Ireland and England. Elise used the phrase a ‘Home from Home’ to summarise her radical vision. The social, emotional and spiritual needs of soldiers were paramount and this was appreciated by the military command who warmly invited Sandes into their establishments. The work followed the Army overseas to South Africa, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Iceland and France. Elise became known as the ‘Mother of the British Army’. Sandes was a sanctuary in the midst of the challenging military environment, where soldiers knew they would be welcome, regardless of rank, beliefs or background. Elise spent her life caring for soldiers and was given a full military funeral upon her death. The headstone on her grave reads ‘For 66 years The Friend of Soldiers’.
Sandes remains faithful to the same vision of providing friendship and support for the military community as a witness and practical expression of the Christian faith. With the changing face of the British Army and Royal Air Force all Sandes Centres are currently based in the UK, three in Northern Ireland (Lisburn, Ballykinler and Holywood) and two in England (Pirbright and Harrogate).
The Centres fulfil a distinctive role being seen as a neutral, non-military space within the army camps. They provide catering and recreational facilities along with quiet areas for people to unwind and relax in a homely atmosphere. Families and personnel of all ranks are welcome in Sandes. Staff offer friendship and a listening ear to soldiers, many of whom are facing incredible pressures. The support of wives and children is also a key focus of the charity.