Monday, June 15, 1998 Published at 05:46 GMT 06:46 UK
Wanted: New image for the Sally Army
Army members wear a military-style uniform
The Salvation Army is considering a revamp of its image which is considered by some to be "old fashioned".
But the Christian organisation has pledged not to shed its famous uniforms and brass bands.
The decision for an image re-think is the result of a major survey commissioned by the group to find out how the public perceives it.
There was good and bad news. While an overwhelming majority (95%) had heard of the "Sally Army" and most (82%) knew of its dual religious and charitable roles, few appreciated the full range of its work.
Apart from the everyday images of helping the homeless and brass bands, few people knew of its work with the unemployed, battered women and its role in disaster relief.
The Army wants to become more active in getting its message across, especially to younger people.
Head of the Salvation Army in the UK, Commissioner John Gowans, said the organisation was planning to bridge the gap between perception and reality.
"Overall we are greatly encouraged by the goodwill demonstrated time and again in this research," he said.
Head of external affairs Captain Bill Cochrane added: "We do have great numbers of young people, and last year the number joining showed an increase."
But although some Army Corps organised more modern musical activities for young soldiers, uniformed brass bands would still be seen on the streets in the future, he said
'Uniforms not negotiable'
Captain Cochrane added: "They are the most visible aspect of the Salvation Army. Uniforms are not negotiable, they are here to stay.
"Brass bands are very popular across the country, and they are also here to stay."
Founded in 1865, the Salvation Army has become a global institution famed for its combination of Christianity and charity.