SVP

Our Lady and the Apostles S.V.P. Group

Our Lady and the Apostles Conference 

What is the St Vincent de Paul Society?
The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international Christian voluntary organisation, with more than 100,000 members in England & Wales. It seeks, in the spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form and provides assistance to people in need irrespective of their faith, ethnicity, age or gender. The Society has a wide variety of projects including shops, furniture projects, holidays, support centres and disability projects.  The society is organised into conferences at parish level.

Click here to visit our web site at www.svp.org.uk

 

Our Lady’s SVP
Befriending, offering friendship and support, is at the heart of what we do in Our Lady’s SVP. Our volunteers seek and find people in need and we offer them sincere friendship in their own homes and in care homes or hospital.  You can expect that we will show them kindness, respect and acceptance. If people wish this, we can also provide practical help and advice.

We also offer additional support such as food, furniture or short-term financial help when this is needed.  Our conference also supports local, national and international projects.

 

Membership
Our Lady’s SVP Conference was re-started in the spring of 2014. Our membership has grown well and there are now 12 members, most of whom are able to carry out regular visits to people in their own homes and in care homes.

All members receive training in their role, we take confidentiality very seriously, and all our members have DBS clearance.

 

Our ‘twinned’ SVP conference- the Holy Rosary Church, South Sudan
Our conference is ‘twinned’ with The Holy Rosary Church in Juba, South Sudan. The situation in South Sudan, with a population of about 11 million, is catastrophic.  A combination of political violence and failing harvests has led to over 2.4 million people displaced from their homes and about 6 million other people in urgent need of help.

Aurelia Aliya Paul and her SVP colleagues from the Holy Rosary use our annual donation, as well as the money we have raised from additional collections, to provide their poorest of the poor with basic foods and medicine.

 

If you know of anyone who might benefit from visits or needs support
or if you are interested in becoming a member- please contact Dennis Wharmby on 0161 487 3480 or Dennis Clark on 0161 485 1256, in confidence, who will be able to take your request forward.

 


First Report September 2016

Who are we?

Befriending is at the heart of what we do in Our Lady’s SVP. Our volunteers seek and find people in need and we offer them sincere friendship in their own homes and in care homes or hospital.

We also offer additional support such as food, furniture or financial help when this is needed.  Our conference also supports local and national projects.

Membership

Our Lady’s SVP Conference was re-started in the spring of 2014 and this is the first report of our activities since that time. Our membership is slowly growing, and we now have six longer- standing members who are able to visit regularly, another two who do so when their commitments permit, and two people about to become members.

All members receive training in their role, we take confidentiality very seriously, and all our members have DBS clearance.

Our work so far

Since we began regular visiting in June 2014 we have made

  • 443 visits to 27 older people in their own homes
  • 160 visits to 14 people living in care homes or hospital
  • Offered material or financial support to 5 individuals or families

Other activities

  • Reinstating our twinning relationship with Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Juba, Sudan
  • Supporting the parish’s Mass for people who are housebound and older people
  • Developing a confidential pathway for staff at Our Lady’s Primary School to help parents refer themselves to the society
  • Supporting a regular Mass at Runnymede sheltered housing
  • Financial support to the district’s annual Ozanam Camp for children who would otherwise not get a holiday
  • Donation to the SVP’s Cumbria Disaster Fund
  • Fundraising through regular collections after Mass, a major fundraising event held jointly with Our Lady’s school and taking part in the annual SVP sponsored walk
  • Informing and training ourselves using members’ previous experiences

 

Our income and expenditure as of 30 June 2016

Income   – £2107.53                                                                                         

Donations, church collections, fundraising

Expenditure – £1040.78

Required contribution to national office, twinnage contribution/financial & material support  Our conference has also received a legacy, for which we are very grateful.

Extending our work

If you would like a visit from the SVP, or you know someone that could benefit…… please get in touch with us.

Why not join us?

One member said ‘I knew there was a need, and I complained to myself. I realised that what I needed to do was to put my feet where my mouth is, so I joined’.

Another added that ‘a relative was involved and seeing what they did, I wanted to follow in their footsteps’

New members will be warmly welcomed. You can commit as much or as little time as you can. The more of us there are, the more we can do!!

 

Our meetings

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at 7.30 following the 7.00pm Mass.

 

Your Local SVP contact is: Dennis Clarke 0161 485 1256

Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those who are most in need of encouragement or assistance’.                     St Vincent de Paul.