Who are the SVP?
The St Vincent de Paul Society is a registered charity which has more than 600,000 members in 142 countries around the world. The aim of the SVP is the same today as it was at its conception in the 19th century - to tackle poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need, mainly on a one-to-one basis
More information about the SVP can be viewed at our national website: www.svp.org.uk
Within the UK the St Vincent de Paul Society (England & Wales) is a registered charity 1053992 Co.3174679
What does the SVP do in West Moors?
Our group was originally established in 1968. Most of our work involves visiting the elderly, housebound and sick. We also visit those in hospital, provide appropriate assistance including transport to Mass, doctor and hospital appointments.
Each year, for the elderly we arrange a Strawberry Tea in July, preceded by Benediction and Blessing of the Sick. In December Mass and Blessing of the Sick is followed by Christmas Lunch. We also arrange other outings and socials.
How can I support the SVP?
Praying for the people we serve locally, joining as a new member, and donating money, are all ways in which you can support our work.
For more information, contact-
John Sinclair 01202 855433
Maggie Spiers 01202 822988
What overseas twinnage arrangements does the SVP support?
The vision of the SVP includes a commitment to personal contact, a personal contact manifested in the type of ongoing individual care we seek to offer to those in need. The scope of work covered by this was expanded under the pontificate of Pope John XXIII who suggested a twinnage programme whereby financial support be given to members in developing countries, by groups in the developed world. Groups in England and Wales are twinned with groups in India, Grenada , Guyana and the Sudan. This enables members on the spot not only to provide "first aid" but also to finance projects and initiate schemes that make the local population self-sufficient - e.g. supplying bicycles, sewing machines, or animals, providing loans to start small businesses and digging wells. Correspondence and mutual prayer are essential features of this twinning. In 2005/2006, Conferences in England and Wales were twinned with 1,638 Conferences overseas. More information about our twinnage programs can be read at our website here
In West Moors we are twinned with 2 Indian groups and we also provide sponsorship in India, for a number of local students. In addition we arrange an annual appeal for the starving babies and other support programme in the Sudan.