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St Vincent de Paul Society at St Swithun’s
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday 2nd December – Meeting of our Conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul from 6.00pm to 7.00pm;
The St Swithun’s St Vincent de Paul Conference will be dedicated to helping in the Parish’s homeless mission as well as befriending and providing practical assistance to those in need, both within the Parish and in the surrounding area.
In the coming weeks, we will be building networks with local services in order to best serve those whom we encounter. Any specific items which are required e.g. baby equipment for a family in need, will be requested from anyone who has them to give via the Parish newsletter if it cannot be provided for from within the Conference.
We will also be working with our very active young person’s SVP branch (Mini Vinnies) at St Swithun’s Primary School to create and put together Christmas gift bags for our homeless guests in preparation for their Parish Christmas Lunch on Sunday 22nd December 2019.
We will be setting up an online wish list on Amazon for anyone who wants to buy any components of the gift bags and any other necessary items for our homeless guests.
To help support our new Parish ministry with prisoners, we will be liaising with and learning from the SVP Conference in Winchester to see how we can best help those prisoners from our local area who are at risk of homelessness when they are released from prison.
Finally, we are working on some fun Parish events to raise awareness of SVP and to raise funds – so watch this space! – Dr Amanda Buadi
The aim of the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is to tackle poverty in all its forms through providing practical assistance to those in need. Inspired by the Gospels, its members seek and find those in need and offer them sincere friendship. This includes visiting people who are sick, lonely, in prison or suffering from addiction and offering additional practical support such as food, furniture and financial help when needed.
The leading Catholic volunteering charity, the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), is very active there and they are doing great work helping the victims of the flood in local communities. However, they desperately need funds. To donate visit www.svp.org.uk, telephone 020 7703 3030