Society of St Vincent de Paul
The ‘SVP’ was founded in Paris by ric Ozanam in 1833 for the purpose of providing relief for those in need in the local area under the patronage and inspiration of St Vincent de Paul. Eleven years later the first English Conference was formed, and has continued to do great work ever since.
You can read more about the history of the SVP here
And more about the work of the SVP in England and Wales here.
In Caterham, the Conference was refounded in 2015, and discreetly helps people in a number of ways. The elderly and lonely are visited, shopping is done for them, Holy Communion is brought to them; some members visit a local prison; others have provided transport for those unable otherwise to get out. Sometimes small grants are made to tide people over times of difficulty. The most recent project undertaken is to provide tablet computers for the housebound so that they can participate in the services streamed on the internet from the church.
The SVP is always glad to welcome new members; each member who will visit people in their homes must have a DBS check, of course.
Please address enquiries to the SVP president via the parish office, or speak to Biddy Lovat or Sandy Baron.
Call the Caterham SVP confidentially: 07599 890043
Blessed Frédéric Ozanam