The Society of St Vincent De Paul (SVP) was founded by Frederick Ozanam in France in 1833. It was named after Vincent de Paul, a priest who did much good work visiting the sick, poor and needy in France in the 17th century. It is a lay society that helps all who are in need: the poor and homeless, the bereaved, the lonely, the housebound and those in residential homes, hospitals, prisons and secure units. Aid is given through visits and practical help as well as by financial or material donations. The St Aidan’s SVP also financially assists some groups in India with their self-help projects.
The SVP at St Aidan’s meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 8:15pm in the Marian Room in the church hall – see parish newsletter for exact dates. Any adult can join the group. However, due to the group’s work with vulnerable people, potential members are required to have an interview and a DBS check. Members must also abide by some basic rules such as confidentiality.
Should you be interested in becoming a member, or wish to refer someone in need, please contact Andrew Dunlop. The SVP website (www.svp.org.uk) also has more information.