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The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul was established in Ireland in 1844 and has more than 11,000 voluntary members in the thirty-two counties.

The aim of SVP is to tackle poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need. The concept of need is broader than financial hardship, so supporting people who are excluded or lonely forms a large proportion of the Society's work.

The Society operates in small committees, called "Conferences", based on local parishes which meet regularly. Conferences in the community generally focus on visitation work.However over the years SVP has responded to social changes and provides a range of additional services depending on the prevailing need.

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How much does it cost to run SVP each year?
Nationally we raise and spend on average €40 million each year in our work for people in need.
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