The SVP or The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage. They do this by providing practical assistance to those in need, irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender. The society is currently active in 150 countries and has nearly 600,000 members worldwide. They have 8 offices across Ireland, with their closest being Raphoe.
The society see the concept of need in a much broader way, as they do not just see it as financial hardship but a whole lot more. For example visiting the sick, the lonely, the addicted, the imprisoned and those suffering from disabilities form a large proportion of their work. They offer a direct and personal assistance that is non-judgmental and this is based on the need of the individual or family. They also provide a wide range of services for vulnerable people through their local offices, shops, resource centres, housing, daycare and holiday schemes.
Currently, our class is taking part in the SVP Youth Project and this gives us an opportunity to engage in a positive social action in our area. I think once we have completed this project it will be very beneficial and we will have gained many skills.