The Society of St Vincent de Paul


The St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is a voluntary organisation that aims to help those in need. It is a worldwide Christian organisation of lay men, women and young people dedicated to
alleviating all forms of poverty, through personal contact and friendship, regardless of colour, creed or ideology.
It was started by Bl. Frederic Ozanam in 1833 in Paris. St. Vincent de Paul was selected as patron as he himself had tackled poverty in an earlier age.

In our branches of the SVP at St. Peter’s in Shoreham and Christ the King in Steyning, we try to uphold these principles through a range of work:

  1. We visit the elderly, sick and housebound either in their own homes, in nursing homes or in hospital to let them know they are still an important part of our parish community. Some like to receive Holy Communion, but for others its just to see a friendly face to help break up the day.

  2. We assist people financially, for example help with settling a one off bill, assisting with the purchase of a replacement cooker for a family, or buying a new pair of shoes for a child.

  3. We offer practical assistance by arranging a lift to church or for a hospital appointment. Or it can be just taking the time out to stop and really learn of someone's problems, however big or small.

  4. In Steyning, some members are involved in the Meals-on-Wheels scheme.

Due to the nature of our work, some aspects do have to remain confidential at all times.

The SVP is committed to the relief of poverty and suffering all over the world by sharing its resources.

St Peter's is twinned with three parishes in Kerala, India. Thanks to the generosity of parishioners, we send financial support every year to each of these parishes. We also correspond with our twin parishes.

The SVP St Peter's group meets regularly, the meetings taking place in St Peter's Presbytery.

For the meetings at Christ the King, please speak to Barbara Fisher.

To be a member of the SVP you don't need to have special qualifications, just a desire to help those in need and to turn Christian concern into action.

If you are concerned about a problem or there is an issue that you would like to discuss, please contact your local SVP representative in total confidence.

Blessed Frederic Ozanam 1813–1853

St Vincent de Paul, 1581–1660