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The SVP at Saint Wulstan's


Founded by Frederick Ozanam in France in 1833, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has grown into a world wide organisation with over 600,000 members. It aims to turn concern for the needy into practical action by giving direct spiritual, social and financial support, chiefly through home visits. Other activities of the SVP nationally include providing amd running:

  • Charity shops to raise money
  • Furniture stores and depots for those in need
  • Advice and Support centres
  • Emergency accommodation for the homeless
  • Approved premises for offenders
  • Summer camps and holidays for poor children
  • Soup runs
  • Food Banks

The SVP encourages young people to get involved as Young Vincentians. It also campaigns for social justice.

Our Local Group

Branches of the society are called 'conferences'. Our local conference meets every Tuesday after the 6pm Mass, at 6.45pm in 'the cloister', between the body of the church and the presbytery. Currently, we help to organise visits and practical help for those who are sick or needy. We help to arrange healing masses for the sick and elderly, often at the parish hall in Chesterton. We help to arrange lifts to these events and also to weekend masses.

During a typical year we:

  • make up to 150 home visits
  • made around 90 hospital and residential home visits
  • regularly take several people to Mass

We assist or visit numerous different 'families' by helping with:

  • Furniture
  • Clothing
  • Electrical appliances
  • Finance

The Wolstanton SVP conference is also twinned with an SVP parish group in India and sends them £120 each year

Joining the SVP

Because of the confidential nature of the work, anyone wishing to help the SVP with visiting those in need must be over 18 years old. Currently we do not have a Young Vincentians group in the parish, but it could be developed if there was sufficient interest. Within Saint Wulstan's parish the activities of the SVP are co-ordinated by Anne Nixon. Anne is a Sacristan and you can usually find her in or near the Sacristy at the beginning or end of Mass. Alternatively you cancontact her using the link below:


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