The Society of St Vincent (SVP) is an international Catholic organisation of lay people founded in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frederic Ozanam and his companions.

Placed under the patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and his works. It seeks, in a spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering or in need. It does this primarily by the personal involvement of its members.  The SVP Cathedral Conference was re-established in 2005 with 10 parishioners and it gets stronger all the time.

The SVP Motto ‘Turning Concern into Action’ encourages us to help support the housebound, the isolated, the disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community. We visit those that need this support in their homes, care homes and the hospital. Holy Communion is offered to those who request it. We always visit in pairs and on average we make about 150 visits a month.

The practical side of our commitment allows for emergency food, fuel and clothing to be given whenever and wherever required. We have strong links to Street Church an Agency who assist the homeless and disadvantaged.  Financial and practical assistance is given to pupils of local schools and a local refuge for domestically abused women also receives our assistance when needed. When funds allow, day trips are arranged for disadvantaged families and we also host an annual day out for the housebound.

Christmas Hampers (contents provided through the generosity of our parish community) are given at this special time to families suffering financially. Approximately 140 are provided and it is a key annual event for our SVP and the recipients.

As we continue to receive referrals, we are always looking for more volunteers.  Do you feel able to spare an hour to visit someone in need?  Are you able to provide transport to Mass or become an Auxiliary member? Do you need help? If you answer YES to any of the questions please contact us on the SVP telephone number 077 9033 4604 and leave us a message.  Or, contact the Cathedral Parish Office on 01604 714556.

We also have an email address:

Our mission is to serve those in need through personal contact, irrespective of age, gender, nationality, faith or no faith.