The Salvation Army`s been given the Freedom of Peterborough at a special ceremony.
The honour`s the highest recognition the city can give to an individual or organisatio and follows councillors backing a motion to bestow the award at a council meeting in March.
The Salvation Army is primarily a church and is well-known for its charity work. The Army arrived in Peterborough in 1881 and this month the wider charity marks 150 years of service and ministry.
Officials say, in Peterborough the organisation works to help those in need. Their community centre delivers a range of services, including showering, laundry facilities and food parcels. Twice a week they hold a lunch club for the elderly as well as playing host to many community groups ranging from a dementia café to ante-natal classes.
They offer a debt advice service and operate a good neighbours scheme that supports the most vulnerable, visiting them at home and providing a listening ear as well as help in the garden and with their shopping.
The Army also arranges transport for victims of human trafficking, moving them to safe houses and offering them support and counselling.