The Salvation Army UK's Victory Programme

The Salvation Army UK’s Victory Programme is based on the Second World War ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign that encouraged people to turn spare land into allotments to supplement food rations with home-grown vegetables.

The programme reimagines valuable teaching from the wartime period with a modern twist and relevance.

There are three main elements:

Dig for Victory: provision of tools, seeds and information to grow fresh vegetables.

Eat for Victory: hands-on sessions making nutritious, cost-effective meals with participants’ produce or carefully budgeted items from local shops. Participants learn to make the most of every food item they have then receive all they need to recreate and enjoy the recipes at home. They also take away what they make in the sessions for free.

Budget for Victory: budgeting sessions for all incomes, including valuable tips to make every penny count.

More about this project

  • Celebrating first six Victory Programme graduates

    April 24, 2019

    Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear celebrates achievements of first Southwick ‘Victory Programme’ graduates

  • A new start with The Victory Programme

    January 17, 2019

    Since autumn 2017, the free fun Second World War-themed social experience has been making a real difference to people in Blaydon, UK, run by The Salvation Army and supported by the Kavli Trust. Kerry, 40, is one of those who have benefitted from taking part in the course.

  • New agreement with The Salvation Army UK

    September 21, 2018

    With support from the Kavli Trust, The Salvation Army UK is expanding The Victory Programme to Southwick, Sunderland, to bring more people together in a free fun social experience based on the community spirit and resourcefulness of the Second World War.

  • A life changing programme

    March 28, 2018

    “The Victory Programme has been life changing, I have been able to half my weekly shop and make sure my kids are well fed. It’s life skills no one ever taught me” said Melanie, one of the first graduates from the Vicory Programme.