The history of the Swiss Benevolent Society London can be traced back to 1703 when the Société des Suisses was formed. Over the subsequent three centuries, it went through a number of transformations, but its objectives have always remained the same: to render mutual aid to its members in case of illness, during convalescence and in old age.
The Society has always adapted to socioeconomic changes of the times. For example, in the 19th century, there were periods of considerable immigration from the poorest regions of Switzerland with new arrivals seeking employment, the economic downturn in the UK in the early 20th century and an influx of au pairs in the 1960s.
Today, with increased life expectancy, assistance is frequently sought by our older compatriots. In addition to our traditional forms of financial support, the Society now also arranges an annual Tea Party for Swiss compatriots celebrating their 80th, 85th, 90th, etc. birthdays.
A more detailed history of the Swiss Benevolent Society London can be seen here.