The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) is made up of people from all over the country volunteer to help people in need. Over 2000 members meet in 300 groups – meeting in Catholic parishes, schools and at universities, making over 50,000 visits each year. The needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities are met in a variety of ways, but always feature direct ‘person to person’ help.
SSVP Conferences(groups) meet together in prayer and friendship, and provide material, social and spiritual assistance to anyone who needs it.
“As committed members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, we seek to identify and combat all forms of poverty, by promoting social justice and actively working with those in need, acknowledging that, by freely giving of ourselves, we become more aware of the power of love in all our relationships.”
What we do
SSVP members, and their Conferences(groups) respond to the needs in their communities. This usually means visiting people in their homes, in hospital, hospices or in prison. For many people, this visit is all that they need. However, in meeting people in this way, SSVP volunteers get to know people and meet their needs in the best way the way that is most supportive for the individual and their family.
Since starting in 1833, home visits have been at the core and heart of the work of SSVP members. The SSVP always works hard to respond to changing needs and has now established ‘Special works’, which provide one particular service.