The St Vincent de Paul Society (or as it is often known - the SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender. The Society is a lay organisation initially formed in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and his companions, and active in England & Wales since 1844. Placed under the patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and works. It seeks, in the spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form.
The SVP tries to assist all those in need on a person to person basis and respects religious liberty and values all people. The SVP in Burton covers both parishes, Ss Mary and Modwen and St Joseph's (part of the Nottingham Diocese). Members of the group visit and assist, where appropriate, needy families and the elderly at home, in residential care homes and in hospital. The group also runs a soup kitchen/ drop-in centre in the parish centre for the homeless and unemployed. The conference is also linked to and financially supports an area of Kerala in India.
If you have some spare time or would like to know more about the SVP and help, if you can, please contact the Parish Office.
Group Meets: Every other Tuesday at 7.30pm
Drop-in Centre: Tuesdays from 12.30pm
More information: Contact Parish Office
New members always welcome
Congratulations to our SVP group and to all in the SVP. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has awarded the society with a Big Society Award. He said: "The St Vincent de Paul Society turns concern into action. The Society's incredible number of volunteers build on a 200 year history of lending a practical hand to support those in need." May the Lord continue to bless those who work in the SVP and the people they help.