Would you like to make a difference to people’s lives by putting your faith into action? This is exactly what the SVP does and in Hallam we are keen to recruit new volunteers to help with its mission to offer practical help and support to those in need, ‘wherever the need’.

  The Saint Vincent de Paul Society – SVP – was founded in Paris in 1833 by a young Catholic student, Frederick Ozanam, who was shocked at the poverty he saw around him.  He was moved to do something about it.  So, driven by the fundamental demand of his faith to ‘love your neighbour’ and to serve Christ by helping others, he set out with a group of friends to support those in need.

  Taking St Vincent de Paul as their patron, Frederick’s group soon developed and, by the time of his death in 1853, there were over 40,000 members across Europe and the Americas.  The SVP came to England in 1844 and now have more than 10,000 members in over 1000 groups or conferences across England and Wales.

  Unfortunately, in Hallam the SVP is very thin across the Diocese and so the SVP have appointed a membership Development Officer, Lance Philpott, to help with recruitment.

  Lance (pictured right) is planning to contact parishes to arrange to come and make an appeal for new volunteers over the coming months to carry on the work of the society, encouraging people to ‘love your neighbour’ wherever the need arises in the community.  The emphasis will be on the offer of time – no matter how little per week – to provide help in practical ways whilst working within a team structure and backed up by a national organisation.

  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like more details about the SVP please contact Lance on Lancep@svp.org.uk.