St. Vincent de paul
The St Vincent de Paul Society (England & Wales) is part of an international Christian voluntary network dedicated to tackling poverty in all its forms by providing practical assistance to people in need. Founded in Britain in 1844, we foster diverse and inclusive connections, as a Society that is welcoming of people of all faiths and none. We joyfully extend our hand in the care and personal service of individuals and families who need support.
Our 10,000 members, motivated by faith, visit vulnerable or isolated people across England and Wales and offer them friendship and practical support. The essence of our work is person-to-person contact and spending time with people is our greatest gift.
What does an SVP group do?
Every group, or ‘Conference’, meets regularly to discuss how to help people in their area. Each group has its own particular specialisms reflecting local need, this may include:
- Visiting and befriending older or lonely people
- Running a soup run or food bank
- Supporting homeless people
- Aiding refugees and asylum seekers
- Supporting vulnerable families and children
- Visiting prisoners and their families
By joining the SVP, you can make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people in our parish. As a member, you’ll join a strong network of like-minded volunteers and staff across the country and gain access to a wealth of resources and training. If you already do some community outreach in your area, you can continue your great work with additional support from the SVP National Office team.