The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is an international Christian voluntary membership organisation. Membership is open to anyone who can adopt our ethos. We believe that everyone should have the means to live life with dignity. Ireland is part of the international Society which is represented in over 140 countries: having 700,000 members and 1.5m volunteers : 51,000 Conferences: helping 30 million poor throughout the world.
We are one of Ireland's best known and most widely supported organisations of social concern and action with over 11,500 volunteers active in every county in Ireland.
We take our inspiration from Blessed Frederick Ozanam, one of our principal founders. As a young university student in Paris in 1833, he and 6 companions set up a 'Conference of Charity' visiting poor people, bringing food, clothing and friendship. They adopted St Vincent de Paul as their patron.
Today, volunteer members of SVP are people from all walks of life who want to make a difference to the lives of people in need.