St Vincent de Paul Society



The St Vincent de Paul Society (or as it is often known - the SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender.

The Society is a lay organisation initially formed in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and his companions, and active in England & Wales since 1844.
Placed under the Patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and works. It seeks, in the spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form.


Visiting & Befriending

“The knowledge of social well-being and of reform can be learned not from books, nor from the public platform, but in climbing the stairs to the poor person's garret, sitting by their bedside, feeling the same cold that pierces them, sharing the secrets of their lonely hearts and troubled minds.”
Blessed Frederic Ozanam - the Society's Founder

Visiting those in need and sitting side by side with them remains the core work of the St. Mary’s SVP Society. Regular visiting and personal care, with relationships based on trust and friendship are what gives the SVP its unique character.
We visit local individuals and families, the sick at home or in hospitals and hospices, residential homes and occasionally offender institutes. Loneliness, especially among the elderly is growing, so members spend a lot of time visiting housebound people to prevent them from feeling isolated. Many appreciate a friendly face and enjoy a chat over a cup of tea, knowing that someone cares. Support may extend to doing shopping, decorating, gardening, filling in official forms and ensuring they are receiving their statutory benefits.
The aim is to help those in need to be as independent as possible and to be happier as a result of the contact with the St. Mary’s SVP. Beneficiaries should be aware that they are valued and respected as individuals, secure in the knowledge that there is someone to whom they can turn for a helping hand or a sympathetic ear.

Who we help

We are non-discriminatory, helping those in need regardless of their faith, colour, race, status or sexual orientation. We are non-judgemental and do not make value judgements about those asking for assistance. In short, we will aim to help anyone in need if it is within the capability of the local St. Mary’s SVP membership.
An essential mandate of our work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served.


Good Friends’ Café

The Good Friends café is run and supported by St Mary's SVP members. 
The Café, which takes place on the second Saturday of every month (in the morning), serves to connect parishioners and enable members of the parish to get to know each other better. We also welcome anyone else, be it friends of parishioners or a stranger passing by. We customarily serve complimentary coffee, tea, cakes, patisserie and some savoury food such as eggs, salmon and sausages.
On the relevant Saturday, the Good Friends poster is always pinned-up outside the Church.

Homeless Outreach

Every month and usually on a Thursday evening, members of the St. Mary’s SVP meet to walk the streets and provide succour to the homeless. In practice this means walking through a defined area of the Parish or nearby – wherever the need takes us – to distribute food, water, cleansing anti bacterial wipes, the much sought after sleeping bags and also our famous “Vinnie packs” which contain hats, gloves, 2 pairs of socks, toothpaste, toothbrush and a leaflet listing local help-centres.

Annual lunch for the mature Parishioners and residents of the Alms Houses

Every year we host a lunch at the St. Mary’s Rectory for our mature Parishioners and the residents of the Alms Houses. It is a highly enjoyable day both for our guests and the members of the St. Mary’s SVP which, weather permitting, usually extends into the Rectory Garden.

Big Mile Walk

This annual event is to raise funds to help the homeless, disabled, children from troubled backgrounds, the deaf, the lonely and isolated. A range of charities benefits from this funding including the SVP, CSAN, Catholic Children's society, St Joseph's Hospice, Caritas Salford and DePaul UK. This year, four of St Mary's SVP members took part in the walk. We thank our various generous sponsors who are all parishioners from St Mary's Cadogan Street.

Childrens’ Bosco Camp

The SVP runs holiday camps for children located across the country. These provide a fantastic experience for young people who might otherwise be denied a holiday.  This year St Mary’s Cadogan Street SVP sponsored 5 children in this programme.  We hope to sponsor specific children from our own conference parish and schools next year.

SVP Twinnage

We have a SVP Conference twin in India called St George, Kathacode which is in the area of the SVP Central Council of Mavelikara in Kerala.  We support them with annual donation, communicate with them to exchange news and to offer further assistance if required.

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Our thanks to the SVP of England & Wales for use of their text and pictures

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1 April, 2019