How you can help?

There are four very important ways that you can help

Spiritual Support

SSVP members “never claim that our work springs from ourselves alone”. Your prayers are a much needed source of strength to us.

Whatever your faith you can help us. We particularly appreciate the prayers of people whose health prevents them from physical involvement in our work.

Volunteer

Perhaps you want to give your time and energy in a practical way but are not ready for the other commitments expected of full SSVP members. We always need helpers at bus outings, Christmas parties, homeless centres, furniture recycling. Sometimes our conferences could do with experienced help with their bookkeeping. Drivers are always welcome. Whatever your skill we can put it to use.

Please contact us at [email protected] or 0141 226 8833 with your name, postal address and phone number and we will forward your details onto your local SSVP Conference.

Financial Support

Even if you do not have enough spare time to join in our work you can help us by making a donation. One part of our work is offering material help such as furniture, caravan holidays and food to people who are struggling to cope. Traditionally we collect small amounts each week in our local parishes. We are equally happy to receive one-off donations.

Please donate online via our secure donation partner CAF online

Become a Member

Being a full SSVP member appeals to people who wish to develop their spiritual life through personal service of people in need. Our members meet regularly and visit people in their local community. They share spiritually and practically with other SSVP branches in Scotland and worldwide. It is a very rewarding experience.

Please contact us at [email protected] or 0141 226 8833 with your name, postal address and phone number and we will forward your details onto your local SSVP Conference.

safeguardingProtection of Children and Vulnerable Adults

The Society of St Vincent de Paul fully embraces the need to protect the people that we are working with, whether they be children or vulnerable adults.  We are also keenly aware of the need  to protect our members. For example, it is imperative that members never visit alone, but always in pairs.  All members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul are expected to register as a member of the Protecting Children and Vulnerable Group Scheme(PVG). This is administered through the Church. On joining  a Conference, your President should speak to the Parish Co-ordinator and they will take you through the process.  You will also be expected to attend an awareness session on the topic which will be arranged through the Diocese.

It is vital that these two procedures are undertaken to ensure the protection of the vulnerable people that we work with and for our members.

“The Catholic Church in Scotland is concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and well-being of each individual person within God’s purpose for everyone.  It  seeks to safeguard the welfare of people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations.  As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members, to work together to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults.”

‘Awareness and Safety in our Catholic Communities 2007″
For further information, visit http://www.scottishcatholicsafeguarding.org.uk

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