SVP is different

Local Action with National ImpactVolunteering Information

Volunteer with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) and become part of the largest and oldest voluntary charitable organisation in Ireland.

Our greatest strength is our volunteers, you know the issues in your community and can address immediate needs as well as helping families and individuals, young and old, move towards self-sufficiency and equal opportunity through friendship and support. Offering a little help at the right time can give people hope for the future. Sharing your time and your skills can change lives forever.

Learn more:

 Volunteer FAQ         Volunteer Stories         Request application form

SVP has a Safeguarding Policy to prevent and protect children and adults at risk of harm. We take all safeguarding complaints seriously to ensure that those who require assistance, our volunteers, staff, and anyone associated with the SVP (RoI and NI), are kept safe from all forms of violence, coercive control, abuse, neglect and exploitation. This is achieved through our robust and effective approach, including police vetting on recruitment, and the provision of a quality standard of support and service delivery.

Volunteer Opportunities – What Can I do?

Home Visits

The purpose of this role is to provide direct support to those who request assistance from the Society. Visit people in their homes with another SVP member to offer support, guidance, and friendship. 

The support provided by Members/Volunteers can be extremely heartening for people who are struggling and can offer hope to them and their families.
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Social Housing
Vincent's Shops
Children and Family Services
IT and Professional Services

How the volunteering process works?

Members/Volunteers are recruited in line with our Volunteer Recruitment Policy. In summary, potential Members/ Volunteers are asked to:
  • Request an application form, please see below.
  • Complete the application form sent to you via email
  • Provide referees, whom we will contact
  • Sign a pre garda vetting declaration
  • Undergo Garda vetting

Existing Members/Volunteers will speak with applicants about the role to ensure it is right for you.
  • Attend induction training and any other role specific training such as child protection training
  • Receive a welcome pack with all the information you need
  • Sign a volunteer agreement


Potential Members/Volunteers will be put in direct contact with:
a local visitation conference, manager of a shop or coordinator/manager of a selected services who will schedule a meeting to discuss possible start dates.


Next Steps

Once you submit the request, you will receive via email a link
to complete the application form.  

Once you complete the application, you will receive an email with further details on the volunteer role selected and on the application process. 

You will also receive a ‘Welcome Call’ from a member of our team to thank you for applying and to guide you through the next steps. 

Request an application form