The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international Christian organisation. A 19-year-old student called Frederic Ozanam and his university friends founded it in 1833 in Paris. Catholic in origin and character it is dedicated to helping anyone in need and exists in 140 countries with nearly one million members.
SVP England and Wales
In England and Wales, the Society is known as the SVP and its 12,000 members continue to undertake the core work of the Society, visiting and befriending those in need, at home, in residential care, in prison or in hospital. The Society also provides material assistance where appropriate. The Society also has a raft of Special Works that provide additional services. These include: Drop-in centres, soup runs, furniture stores, holidays for children and needy families and debt counselling services. The debt counselling service has expanded over the past two years to meet increasing demands. Another area of growth has been the Community Shops programme. The Society in England and Wales is also twinned with the Society in India, Grenada, Sudan and Guyana supporting – water projects; feeding and education programmes; TB and leprosy clinics; homeless refugees; student scholarships and disaster appeals.
Contact: CEO, Elizabeth Palmer, SVP England & Wales, 9 Larcom St, Walworth, London SE17 1RX Tel: 020 7703 3030 http://www.svp.org.uk/
It started in 2007 as a voluntary group for young adults (18 – 30+) to come together to help people in need.We are part of the international Christian voluntary organisation called the Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) and we share the same spiritual values and ethos. The name SVP 1833 recalls the year in which the Society was started by a young student who wanted to help the poor. 20 year old Frederic Ozanam was challenged to demonstrate his faith in action. With a group of friends he started a “Conference of charity”. SVP groups today are still known as “Conferences”. There are Conferences based at universities and in church parishes in towns and cities. Membership is steadily growing throughout England & Wales.
Contact: Mary Abel, SVP 1833, 9 Larcom St, Walworth, London SE17 1RX Tel: 020 7703 3030 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Society of St Vincent de Paul, or the SSVP as it is known in Scotland, has 2,300 members working in 340 local conferences in eight dioceses visiting and befriending those in need, at home, in residential care, in prison or in hospital. The Society in Scotland has a number of special works: – the Rendu project with the AIC for the pastoral support of hearing impaired adults; Ozanam Clubs for people with intellectual disability; the Ozanam Centre for homeless people; drug rehabilitation projects, furniture projects, thrift shops and caravan holidays for needy families.The Society has a number of youth conferences in universities, schools, and parishes.It is also twinned with the Society in India, South Africa and Hungary providing the support of prayer, financial resources, student sponsorship schemes and other practical help
Contact: Society of St Vincent de Paul (Scotland), National Office, Regent House (2nd Floor Rear), 113 West Regent St, Glasgow G2 2RU Tel. 0141 226 8833
Youth SSVP Scotland
Contact: Claire Carr at National Office, Regent House (2nd Floor Rear), 113 West Regent St, Glasgow G2 2RU Tel. 0141 226 8833 Email: email@example.com