Special Works

The SSVP is committed to helping the poor and those in need in any way we can. This help can take many forms, from helping individuals and families in our own community,  feeding and clothing the homeless in cities and assisting those who need our help in areas of great need around the world. SSVP members respond to the needs that they see in the best way that they can.  Sometimes this takes the form of addressing a particular need, we would call this a ‘special work’.

Sandra and Linda, volunteers at the Viewpark Ozanam Club

Ozanam Centres

Frederic Ozanam Centre, 9 Bridgegate Glasgow, G1 5HX

  • Opening times:
    • Monday 11am-1pm to receive donations of clothing.
    • 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each calendar month at 4pm to give out women’s clothing.
    • Thursday at 5pm to give out men’s clothing.

SSVP Our Lady of the Wayside, Special Works Conference (OLW SWC), Paisley operate:

  • “Soup Kitchen” in halls of Holy Trinity & Saint Barnabas (Episcopal) Church, Maxwell Place, Paisley.
    • Friday evenings 6.45pm-7.45pm.  Open to all adults regardless of denomination or faith.
    • It is an open-door policy where patrons can enjoy a hot three course meal in a safe, warm and congenial atmosphere.
  • “Lunch Club” in halls of Saint Mirin’s Cathedral, Incle Street, Paisley.
    • 2nd & 4th Monday of each calendar month 1.30pm-4pm.  Aimed at those sixty and over.
    • (It is an open-door policy where patrons can enjoy Tea/Coffee/non-alcoholic beverages, wholesome hot soup and sandwiches as well as a quiz, bingo and other light entertainment.

Ozanam Clubs

Ozanam Clubs are social groups for people of all ages with disabilities and special needs. They are held in Viewpark, Carfin, Dundee, Paisley and Hamilton. Contact SSVP National Office for more information.

Furniture Projects

Some of our SSVP Dioceses run furniture projects; collecting furniture in good condition to forward on to those who have sought help from their local Conference.

Jericho Project

The SSVP Holy Spirit Special Works Conference is a major supporter and contributor to Jericho House Rehabilitation Centre, Greenock.

Rendu Project

SSVP members provide pastoral support to hearing impaired adults.  The group also helps people to learn sign language so that they can help deaf people.

St Vincent’s Hospice Project

St Vincent’s Hospice Special Works Conference in Howwood, Renfrewshire, provides compassion and comfort to the terminally ill and their families at St Vincent’s Hospice.