Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, is urging people to volunteer with the St Vincent de Paul Society, and he is giving his backing to a new nationwide recruitment campaign being launched by the SVP.
“The SVP in England and Wales provides much needed practical support to those living in poverty,” Cardinal Nichols says. “In the last year, the SVP helped over 80,000 individuals and families in need. This is a remarkable achievement and something about which we should be proud.”
However, the Cardinal points out: ”More members are needed to ensure that this work continues to grow and flourish. I urge anyone who has time to offer, to work with the SVP by becoming a volunteer.”
The Society’s recruitment campaign, called ‘SVP Striving for Growth Together’, is intended to increase the number of parish-based volunteer groups, known as ‘Conferences’, as well as boost the number of members.
A special Recruitment Pack is being sent out to all Conferences to act as a toolkit of resources to help them seek out more members. The aim is to motivate the SVP’s entire membership to get involved in recruitment.
The campaign, which was unveiled at the Society’s National Meeting in York this week, has been timed to be up and running before the start of Pope Francis’s Holy Year of Mercy on 8th December. It is felt that, for anyone wanting to respond to the Pope’s call to open their hearts to those in need, joining the SVP would be a straightforward solution, with the Society offering the training, support and infrastructure to enable people to actively respond to the Year of Mercy.
Cardinal Nichols points out: “Parish-based SVP Conferences are an excellent way of reaching people in need in the local area and a valuable way of witnessing to our faith.”
He adds: “Giving your time not only benefits those that the SVP supports, but will also bring you great joy.”
Anyone interested in joining the SVP can phone 0207 703 3030 for more information.