Volunteering opportunities for everyone

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/Members!

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.

Please Note: For certain roles which require Garda Vetting or Access NI (e.g. Visitation or Child and Family Services), individuals who have lived outside the island of Ireland for 6 or more continuous months since the age of 16 years are required to submit an original police certificate(s) from the country or countries of residence (with authenticated translation where necessary).

Volunteer for Social Housing

Are you interested in volunteering with the Society of St Vincent De Paul Social Housing?

We are looking for volunteers with skills and experience in the areas of architecture, engineering, surveying, health & safety, social work /social care, business, legal and IT.

To find out how you can make a real difference in your community, reach out to your local regional contact.

A helping hand

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.

Click Here for more details.

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SVP’s charity shops not only raise essential funds but also help spread awareness of our work.

Your Role as a Volunteer will be to carry out or assist in general store duties and to ensure customers are priority at all times through the delivery of exceptional customer service. Working as a part of a team of volunteers under the guidance of the Shop Manager or Senior Volunteer you will have the opportunity to be involved in various tasks and responsibilities.

Sustainability is on the top of our Vincent’s Retail strategy and each volunteer is part of it helping us in extending the life and use of every ‘fit for purpose’ donation.

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the country. Therefore, we invite you to share your time and skills in one of our youth clubs, community resource centres, day care centres, or holiday homes.


    Child and Youth Support Services

Support children and young people in activity-based youth clubs and; services or education support groups! Help to plan and prepare activities, facilitate games and/or events, or provide academic support.

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    Community Adult Education

Share your skills and your passion and facilitate classes for adults in a variety of areas such as computers, cooking, dress making and so much more, helping to build confidence and self-esteem while improving life skills.

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    Community & Social Activities

Help to organise and/or deliver social activities or meals on wheels and food services for the elderly and older person. Facilitate workshops or just be a listening ear and enjoy the chat. If you have a particular skill and passion, why not share it for the benefit of others?

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    Sunshine House Holiday Centre

A residential Holiday centre for 7–11 year-olds. The job is simple. Give a good holiday, make as much fun as possible, and bring a lot of summer happiness to the boys and girls lucky enough to visit.

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    Management Committee Members

Each of our child and family services is overseen by a management committee. If you have skills to share to help govern and oversee any one of our services, we want to hear from you


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Social Housing

At SVP, we proudly deliver and manage sustainable social housing in Ireland. We're eager to hear from potential volunteers experienced in architecture, engineering, surveying, Health and Safety, social care, business, legal, and IT.

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Want to become a volunteer?

It's easy to get started

We would be delighted to hear from you, and we hope the summary below is a useful guide to the application process..


Step 1

Please request an online application form by clicking HERE and sharing some details.


Step 2

You’ll automatically receive and email with the form, please complete it within 30 days.


Step 3

You'll then be notified via email about the next steps, including how to complete Garda Vetting.


Step 4

Someone from SVP will be in touch to discuss where exactly you would like to volunteer.


Step 5

Once the Garda Vetting is complete, you will be provided with access to our online training modules, which provide insight into the history and structure of SVP. Its takes approximately 2 hours to complete and does not have to be done in one sitting.


Step 6

Once you complete the online modules, you can register and attend one of our interactive training sessions with other applicants, which will be facilitated by experienced Members.


Step 7

You'll then be ready to join your Conference and start assisting people in need!

Volunteer stories

Volunteering is what makes SVP work. We couldn’t do it without you. Adeline Meagher has acted in many different roles in her local area and is an integral part of the work SVP does in her community. Adeline has seen the lives of thousands of people change due to the
Adeline, a Home Visitation Volunteer's Experience Working with SVP
Volunteering is what makes SVP work. We couldn’t do it without you. Noel Boyce is a long-serving volunteer with SVP. Noel’s personality and love of a chat are just some of the amazing qualities he brings to our organisation. As a man with years of experience, Noel shared just some
Noel, a Home Visitation Volunteer's Experience Working with SVP
SVP Volunteer Experience
Volunteering is what makes SVP work. We couldn’t do it without you. Tomas Madden is one of our amazing volunteers at SVP. Tomas sat down to share his experiences working with us at SVP and told us why he decided to give his time to help others as a volunteer.
Thomas, a Home Visitation Volunteer's Experience Working with SVP
A child being comforted by her mom
You’d be proud to know Annie. Despite going through one of the toughest periods of her life, Annie is keeping the faith, and she’s determined to stay strong for her three young children. This is how Annie is working her family out of homelessness with a little help from SVP…
Three years and counting
Hand prints on the wall
When I first started volunteering with SVP, I was amazed how important and valued it is to people in the community. When you see a child developing and becoming more confident and when you see the people getting something back from it – it makes coming in on a miserable,
Sarah's Story
Thirty years ago, Sinead decided to take action for what she believed in and joined a special Traveller Conference of SVP. Today, she is still fighting against discrimination. With support such as yours, her Conference has made so much progress for this community. Why did you join St. Vincent de
On the margins of society
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This is how you, and a man named Michael, are changing the lives of disadvantaged children in Ireland… one book at a time. An SVP volunteer of 19 years, 80-year-old Michael is a man of many talents… In his youth he was an engineer. He sings in a barbershop chorus.
Michael’s magic words...
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Jennifer is a volunteer visiting families in Cork. At this time of year, struggling with the costs of back-to-school is the biggest issue. Every year, there seems to be more and more families who just can’t manage it anymore. If not for the support of donors such as you, Jennifer
Cutting back on food to pay for school
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