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St. Vincent de Paul Society

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 has been 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.

One of our primary functions is to visit the sick and the elderly in our parish. Our core values operate in different ways, such as visiting and befriending the lonely, assisting at our local Food Bank, and supporting work overseas by twinning with a village in the Kerala region of India. We visit care homes and hospitals and we also visit people in their own homes for a chat and a cup of tea. Some of the people we visit are housebound and have very little contact with other people. One of our other functions is to help people/families who have fallen on hard times.

To find out more please contact Conference President, Dagoberto Rojas, or Conference Secretary: Barrie Meloy.

You can reach your local conference on a dedicated SVP phone number: 07874 942840

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