The St Vincent de Paul Society was established
in England and Wales in 1844. It has been committed for over 160
years to providing practical assistance for those in need. Membership
is open to Christian men and women who wish to live their faith by loving
their neighbour in the service of the needy. The SVP is currently
active in 1200 parishes and in over 100 Youth SVP groups across England
The core work of the SVP is befriending: sitting side by side
with those who are isolated for whatever reason. Last year our
10,000 members made 625,000 visits to people in need. As a result
of these visits more than 110,000 individuals gained friendship, support
and practical assistance. This was as a direct result of the
22,000 volunteer hours a week which SVP members committed to the Vincentian
Concern into Action
The SVP's motto is "Turning Concern into Action". The
regular visits, through which relationships based on friendship and
trust are formed, are a very real way of doing this. Members of
the SVP sit side by side with individuals and families; the sick at
home or in hospitals; with people in residential homes; and with people
in offender institutes to offer support. Activities vary from
Conference to Conference and members carry out a range of work, including
organising social events and masses for the sick and housebound.
As well as this very practical aspect of Vincentian work, SVP
members are encouraged to grow in spirituality through their relationships
with those they seek to help, through prayer and reflection, and also
through the Eucharist.
If you are interested in joining the Birtley Conference SVP or volunteering
at an SVP project, please contact us by emailing: Birtley
Conference SVP or telephone the Chairman, Peter Monaghan: (0191)
Birtley SVP's Annual Mass for the
Sick, Elderly & Housebound is held in St Joseph's Church,
Birtley, usually on a Saturday in the month of July, followed by afternoon
tea, bingo and a raffle in the Parish Centre. When arranged, the date
of the Mass is published on the 'Parish Events' page of this website.
Click on the 'Photography' link above to view the photographs
of past SVP events..
More information is available from the SVP National Office on the website:
The SVP is a national Society and even if you can't get involved at
a local level, you can support the SVP nationally if you wish.