The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul can offer support for you to engage in and develop SVP groups and activities in your school.
There are two types of social action groups that you can set up within your school; A Youth Conference, or a Youth for Justice project.
A Youth Conference is the term SVP uses for a committee of volunteers that meet regularly and plan projects and volunteering to give back to their communities. The takes place out of school time and can include people from across the whole school community.
A Youth for Justice project is for transition year students and takes place within school time for one year only.(*note this is only available in the following regions; North East, North West and South West.)
Which ever option you decide, you will need the input of a teacher or adult, as well as a member of the SVP Youth Development Team.
Once you have set up your group, there are four main types of projects that we can help you with:
SVP befriending projects - This can involve visiting nursing homes and Day Care Centres to speak to local residents
Direct Aid Projects - You can set up your own fundraising project or help your local SVP Conference with collecting goods during our Annual Appeal
Education Projects - This can include projects such as Reading and Homework Clubs
Social Justice Research and Action projects - This will involve learning about social action and social justice issues in Ireland and how you can help address them
Here are a few of the things we can do to help:
We can provide a member of SVP as a guest speaker in your school
We can provide school packs for teachers which include resources and lesson plans exploring social justice and social action through the work of SVP
We can help you set up a Youth Conference or a Youth for Justice Project (in specific Regions only)
We run a number of youth events and activities throughout the year that you could join
If you would like to find out more about how your school can get involved please get in touch with a member of the Youth Development team near you
Please remember to contact a member of the team to ensure your chosen activity is appropriate and registered – additional guidelines may apply in relation the protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults policy.