The SVP is open to anyone but is organised in age groups. Members try to bring Christ’s love to those in need by spending a couple of hours a week responding to Christ’s instruction to Love Our Neighbour. The concept of need is broader than financial hardship, so visiting people who are sick, lonely, in prison, or suffering from addiction is also a significant proportion of our work.
As well as offering friendship and support, our members and volunteers give practical help such as food, clothes, furniture or financial help when this is needed. We also organise trips and social events; help with transport to Mass and other parish events, raise funds to send children to holiday camps; support homeless people, prisoners, ex-offenders and asylum seekers and generally respond to local need.
We have over 60 active Conferences (units of Adult SVP members) which are based in Parishes throughout the Diocese.
There are SVP Mini-Vinnies (7 to 11) in most of the Diocesan schools, where the children organise their own activities in support of the SVP.
The Young Adult SVP (18 to 33) is present in Durham University and the Youth SVP (11 to 18) in Carmel College, Darlington where there are over 100 members.
Within the SVP England & Wales our area is known as Tyne, we have a Central Council made up of representatives from throughout the Diocese which co-ordinates our work and support for members.
We work with other organisations within the Diocese and are active within the Vicariate for Caritas.
We are constantly looking for opportunities to expand our team of members. To join us please contact Neda Khosravani using her contacts details opposite.
In addition, the SVP have Special Works based in the Diocese where a mixture of Members and Employees of the SVP run facilities to support those in need.