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St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP)

Their aim is to tackle poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need.

The concept of need is broader than financial hardship, so visiting people who are sick, lonely, in prison, or suffering from addiction is also a significant proportion of their work. The essence of their work is person-to-person contact and spending time with people is our greatest gift.
Their 10,000 volunteer members, motivated by their faith, are committed to meaningful and long term befriending. Inspired by the message of the Gospels they seek and find those in need and offer them sincere friendship. They visit them in their homes, in hospital and in care homes on a regular basis and offer additional practical support such as food, furniture or financial help where needed. They also organise trips and events for older and isolated people.

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The SVP offers friendship and practical help to all they visit, without regard to faith, ethnicity, status or sexual orientation.  As they visit people in their homes, they have strict safeguarding policies and procedures and all visiting members must hold a DBS certificate.

Their core friendship service is complemented by additional areas of activity – community support projects (including community shops, furniture stores and advice centres), youth work, holiday provision and overseas aid.

The Sacred Heart SVP meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in the Sacred Heart Church Presbytery, which is located below the Church.  Meetings start at 7.30pm and finish at 9pm.

For more information, please go to the SVP website:

If you need local help or assistance, call 07504 465707 or email: 

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