SVP Group 

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and supporting the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable people by providing friendship and practical assistance to those in need - whoever they are and whatever the need. The Society was initially formed in Paris in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam and his companions and became active in England & Wales in 1844. 

SVPs vision is inspired by Christ’s message to love our neighbour as ourselves. Help is available for individuals and families who are in any form of need, offering them hope, a sense of dignity, worth, well being and peace of mind. 

SVP has around 10,000 trained volunteers in the UK and around 800,000 members worldwide in 150 countries, who are motivated by their faith to help the most vulnerable in their communities. SVP is also associated with a number of Community Shops which provide affordable (sometimes free of charge) goods such as food, heating, furniture and clothing. They also offer help with finding employment, volunteering opportunities, training and counselling as well as debt advice - budgeting and management. 

As well as providing short-term support, SVP promotes self-sufficiency and self-worth to those in need. Plus they also work for Social Justice by trying to identify the root cause of poverty, in order to achieve the changes required in creating a more just and caring society.

At Our Lady of Fatima we currently have two SVP members and their help is invaluable in making all the difference to the lives of people in our community. Their aim is to help those in need by visiting individuals and their families in their homes, assessing their requirements, extending friendship and a caring, helping hand whilst building relationships based on trust and confidentiality. The SVP Group's tasks may include visiting the sick, the lonely, the addicted, the imprisoned and those suffering from disabilities. Cases are referred to them by Social Services but in recent times many cases have been passed to the Food Bank instead.

The SVP Group was started in June 2002 and they welcome anyone of any age to come and help. It normally meets on the first Monday of every month at 7.30pm in the Presbytery but please double-check with Gillian when the next meeting will be taking place. 

If you'd like to make a donation or are in need of support, there is a wide range of help available which our SVP Group can offer you - please ask for Audrey or Gillian.  

If you are interested in helping others and would like to join our SVP Group please contact the presbytery (parish office).

SVP VINNIE PACKS If you could sponsor a £3 pack, please give cash or cheques payable to SVP to Audrey or Gillian. Thank you for donations received. Also let us know if you often see a homeless person who may be in need of a pack.