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St. Vincent de Paul Society (England and Wales) (SVP)


Turning Concern into Action


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.


Our Vision

Our vision, which is inspired by Christ's message to love our neighbour as ourselves, is for individuals and families who are in any form of need to have hope, together with a sense of dignity, worth, well-being and peace of mind.


Our Mission

Our mission is to seek and find those in need, to help them in a spirit of justice and to tackle the causes of poverty where we can.


What We Do

As individuals:

through our active membership of local groups whose members visit, befriend and offer support, within their means, to any person in need.

As a Society:

by working together to provide a national and international network of support by providing a range of projects which address particular needs for those who are economically disadvantaged by working together with other Vincentian groups to raise awareness of the level of need and the causes of poverty.


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