About the St Vincent de Paul Society

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Befriending people in need is at the heart of what we do. Volunteer members, motivated by their Christian faith, seek and find those in need, and offer them sincere friendship. They visit them in their homes, in hospital and in care homes on a regular basis, sometimes for many years, and offer additional practical support such as food, furniture or financial help when this is needed.

This core friendship service is complemented by four additional areas of activity: community support projects, youth work, holiday provision and overseas aid.

Community Support Projects

Community Support Projects (CSP) is the collective term we use to describe the project  work we do in the community  and includes our  Community Shops, Furniture Stores,  Advice and  Support Centres, Supported Accommodation and our   contract with the Home Office to manage and run two local Approved Premises. Read more here.

Overseas Aid

Through ‘twinning’ groups in England and Wales with SVP groups in India, Sudan, South Sudan, Guyana, Grenada and Romania, we aim to create a unique worldwide community of love and solidarity, dedicated to sharing the necessities of life with as many of the world’s poor as possible. Read more here.

Holiday Provision

Each year our holiday homes and children’s camps provide holidays to about 1600 adults and children who, in the current economic climate, find it hard to afford a break. The camps are run by teams of enthusiastic volunteers, many of whom return year after year to help as leaders. Read more here.

Youth Work

Our youth programme takes our Vincentian values, especially the befriending of others, into primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities, inspiring young people to give their time to volunteer, and sowing the seeds for a lifetime of service. Read more here.

Read some case studies here