Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP)
Contact: Catharine Warren 07421 253100 firstname.lastname@example.org
The SVP in our Parish and others in the UK and worldwide, endeavours to assist the poor, sick, lonely, and people in any form of need, mainly by visiting, or helping in an emergency to provide furniture etc. Occasional financial help is given if essential services are likely to be cut off.
The SVP group meets fortnightly (currently via Zoom) and welcomes new members. If you are in need or considering joining the SVP please : speak to an SVP member, or a priest, contact the parish office or email us at email@example.com
Work in our parish
If you or someone you know needs help, please do contact the SVP to see if we can help. We can help with befriending (including phone calls), support with some tasks (e.g. shopping, small household jobs) or help with short-term financial problems (e.g. through donations or help to apply for benefits). One to one support is the basis of all the help we offer and we help people of all faiths and none.
The SVP in England and Wales supports SVP groups in certain countries overseas. Our conference supports three groups in India through prayer, communication and an annual donation. In addition from time to time we fundraise to offer funds for student education in India and to support the work of the SVP in Sudan and South Sudan.
THANK YOU on behalf of our SVP members in Sudan and South Sudan – and all the people in their care. In 2021 you have donated £3,811 to the SVP Sudan and South Sudan Appeal.
Crib Donations in aid of SSVP in South Sudan
Father Simon has given permission for St Laurence SVP Conference to have an ongoing collection by the crib in church over the Christmas period.
Last year, SVP assigned all contributions and proceeds from this collection to the annual Sudan appeal directed to SSVP endeavours in both Sudan and South Sudan. Because of the military coup in Sudan and the resultant social protest, there has been widespread civil violence and tragic loss of life. The prevailing situation has led to curtailment of internet services and breakdowns in communication. As a result, there has been a loss of direct links between SVP (England and Wales) and SSVP representatives in Sudan (Khartoum).
UK charity law does not permit appeals for donations where payment to the beneficiaries cannot be verified and expenditure for purpose confirmed. The SVP will review this situation in February 2022.
For this reason, proceeds from the Crib Collection this year will be designated specifically for the aid of SSVP in South Sudan (Juba) where direct links with SVP are still intact.
Giving Tree − Christmas 2021
Thank you for all the presents and hamper items you have given. You have been very generous again this year.
A special thank you to the Mini Vinnies at St Laurence’s school who have contributed a hamper of goodies collected in school. Also thanks to G.I.F.T. the parish youth group for making Christmas cards. We put a card in each hamper and had enough to give to some older parishioners. SVP members and supporters have been busy sorting hampers and gifts and arranging deliveries. You have spread the joy of Christmas to many families the SVP is in touch with, to some elderly people via CAMMS Meals on Wheels and to some homeless people receiving services from Wintercomfort.`
Making a donation
If you would like to make a donation to the SVP, we are able to receive electronic bank transfers.
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Banks are now introducing confirmation of account name. The SVP’s bank account name noted above may be too long for your bank; if so, please enter the name from the start and enter as much as you can. Please note that they are zeros in the name.
Gift aid: if you are willing to gift-aid your donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a relevant declaration form. If you are a UK tax payer, a gift-aided donation will allow the SVP to claim an additional 25% of your donated gift.
Every gift, of whatever value, will help support the SVP’s work both in East Anglia and abroad.
Thank you for your ongoing support and your prayers for our work.