The St Vincent de Paul Society (or as it is often known – the SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender. The Society is a lay organisation initially formed in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and his companions, and active in England & Wales since 1844. Placed under the Patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and works. It seeks, in the spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form.
Our parish SVP group meets every Tuesday evening and is always looking for new members. As well as the Tuesday meetings, members dedicate a little time each week by visiting some of the sick and housebound of the parish and helping them in their needs.
Between April 2014 and March 2015, our parish SVP group made 358 home visits to the elderly of the local area. Furthermore, they made 1,850 visits to the sick and elderly in a residential or nursing home setting. The SVP have taken their ministry to the hospital too, making an additional 81 hospital visits.
The SVP have also provided transport for those who have needed it, and have recorded 188 instances of transport provision.
For more information please contact:
Donald Phillips, President, on 01437 763711 or
Mary Daniels, Secretary, on 01437 779525
The National Website for the SVP can be found here.