Saltbox began in 1983 with a founding vision to provide Christian support and encouragement for local faith groups to help them grow and develop. Initial support focused on providing lists of services provided by individual Christians. In the 1990s and 2000s, Saltbox established itself as the organiser of city-wide and regional Christian and faith events including large celebrations, training courses and united prayer initiatives.
Since 2001, Saltbox has developed a range of caring community initiatives for vulnerable adults across the city. Equally importantly, it has become an exemplar for wider partnership working and has pioneered the use of Faith Action Audits to highlight the community contribution of faith groups. Saltbox has become a model of good practice to encourage the faith sector to work more collaboratively with the wider voluntary, public and private sectors.