Reference HO 207/389
Title REGION No 5 (LONDON): Shelter Welfare Advisory Committee and shelter welfare work
Former Department Reference O/LR 15/13
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence, Domestic Life
Subthemes Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Health and welfare, Air raid shelters, Entertainment and culture
Document Types Meeting Minutes, Memoranda, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London
Locations London
Organisations British Broadcasting Corporation, County Councils, Entertainment and Instruction Committee, Local Education Authorities, Shelter Welfare Sub-Committee, Women's Voluntary Service


A file of documents relating to the work of the Welfare Advisory Committee on shelter welfare in the London region. Subjects discussed in the file include the establishment of a welfare sub-committee, which is concerned with provisions for the arts, music, education, social services, and youth organisations in the shelters; the membership of the Entertainment and Instruction Committee; and the membership of the Welfare Advisory Committee, including the need to reduce numbers and recruit members from voluntary organisations. These members include representatives from the London County Council; government departments; educational organisations; arts organisations; youth organisations; child and maternity organisations; the B.B.C.; and major voluntary organisations. Other subjects discussed include requests for assistance from voluntary organisations; the provision of women inspectors; welfare provisions for social centres for evacuated women; the issue of poor mental health inside the shelters; and a request for films from the Workers' Film Society.


administration, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, ambulances, childcare, children, clothing, committee members, communal feeding, conferences, culture, education, entertainment, evacuation, evacuees, family, female labour, film, first aid, food supplies, government committees, government departments, healthcare, infants, laundry, local authorities, maternity, meals, mental health, mothers, music, nurses, parents, public health, public morale, recreation, schools, social class, social services, theatre, voluntary organisations, volunteers, welfare, youths

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