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Want to Volunteer?

Trying to find a charity to volunteer with? Volunteer with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) and become part of the largest and oldest voluntary charitable organisation in Ireland.  We are always looking for new volunteers to help support families in need, and you can make a real difference in your community as a member of SVP in a variety of roles.

"It means I can help people in my local community. It gives me an opportunity to make a difference. I have a better understanding of the challenges some people face on a daily basis."  

SVP is different

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a membership organisation, meaning our volunteers lead decision-making at every level – from local to national.  Most volunteers are called Members, and our local branches are called Conferences. By being involved with a great charity in Ireland, you really can make a difference.

We respond to all issues and needs - "No work of charity is foreign to the Society." - Frederick Ozanam

Our greatest strength is our volunteers, they know the issues in their community and can tackle immediate needs as well as helping families move towards self-sufficiency.

"It's just good to have that little sense of feeling that your helping somebody. No matter how much it would really change our society, our country or the world, it's just that little bit of happiness at a time where, to be honest, everything is so dark."

What can I do?

There are many ways you can make a difference as an SVP member as we have a range of volunteering roles.

Whatever your experience, interests and availability, you'll find an opportunity to make a difference in your community by becoming a Member of SVP.

  • Home Visits

The main volunteering work carried out by the SVP locally is Home Visits, where as part of your local Conference team, you and another member visit individuals or families to offer support and friendship for a period of time. Home visiting is a vital support, giving advice and practical help at critical times, and supporting people towards self-sufficiency. Volunteering is flexible with a time commitment of 2-3 hours once a week.

Find out what it's like to volunteer with your local Conference.

Full training and support is provided for all volunteering opportunities.

Find out what it means to be an SVP member. Read our Volunteers' Stories and see the difference they've made and what they've gained from volunteering.

How do I volunteer?

Express your interest by clicking on the first box below, and we will be in contact with you about our application process and further details about the volunteer role.  If you're not sure about what role is for you, contact your local regional office, and we'll be happy to talk to you about which volunteering opportunities in your area might be right for you.

"For some, simple things like sitting down and having a cup of tea and a chat with them can make a huge difference to their day."

We have frequently asked questions which might help answer some queries you may have about becoming a volunteer or what is involved in volunteering with SVP.


How to get involved

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

Register your interest to become a volunteer.

Want to become a shop volunteer?

Register your interest to become a shop volunteer.

What does it mean to be an SVP Volunteer?

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