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The Saint Vincent de Paul Society is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender. the society is a lay organisation initially formed in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frederic Ozanam and his companions, and active in England & Wales since 1844. Placed under patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and works. It seeks, in the spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form.

In St Anne’s there are seven members of the Society visiting the poor, sick, housebound and lonely.

We have been involved in helping travellers who have broken down and needed a bed for the night, immigrants who have no food, help has been given to families who have fallen on hard times, buying shoes for children, helping them to have a holiday.

We are involved in financially supporting two twinned Indian conferences.

We also support a conference at St Anne’s school called the Minnie Vinnies who do sterling work.

This work goes on continually and is so varied that we can only give the faintest of impressions here.

Our members meet every Sunday at 9.45am before mass. New members are always made most welcome.

For more information on the SVP please click the link – www.svp.org.uk