Young people are an integral part of the SSVP, in Scotland and around the world. Younger members are given the opportunity to use their gifts and talents to serve others-developing themselves socially and spiritually, as well as learning about the world around them. Young people of all ages are involved in a wide variety of work- from organising appeals for clothes and food to visiting nursing homes and doing soup runs.
Although our main focus for youth development is on young people working together in groups, young people across the country and also joining SSVP Conferences in parishes where appropriate. If you would like to join a parish Conference(over 16’s), please get in touch with SSVP National Office
Young SSVP members broadly fall into one of three categories:
Mini Vinnies are SSVP groups in primary schools. They operate just like a parish SSVP Conference in that they meet together regularly to pray, spend time together and plan their work. Their work will always be age appropriate and they work closely with SSVP parish Conferences.
Youth SSVP groups operate primarily in Catholic secondary schools, although they can exist in parishes, particularly in areas where there is no Catholic secondary provision. Youth SSVP members tend to be from 14 to 17, although some schools have Youth SSVP members from first year(12years old). They work closely with their local parishes and respond to local needs in the best way that they can
Young people provide help in the best way that they can, and always seek out those in need. They all meet together in friendship and prayer and plan the work that they are going to do and who they are going to help. All groups elect a President (chairperson), secretary and a vice president if they wish. If they are dealing with money, they will also select a treasurer.