St Vincent De Paul

Our aim is to tackle poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need.

The St Vincent de Paul Society was founded by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and his companions in 1833.  They chose St Vincent de Paul as the patron of the newly formed Society because of his special way of recognising the need to serve those in need.

These qualities became apparent to those who knew Vincent.

St Vincent De Paul Society, Carlisle, Cumbria

His passion to help people both in mind and body saw him set up organisations to help people spiritually (Congregation of the Mission – 1625) and physically (Ladies of Charity - 1617, Daughters of Charity – 1633).

The original Conference founded by Blessed Frédéric  Ozanam in 1833 tried to capture the qualities shown by St Vincent de Paul and the young Conference was guided in their work by a Daughter of Charity, Sr. Rosalie Rendu.

The Society we cherish so much believes that we must:

  • Show our love and respect to those we work with
  • Deepen and strengthen the relationship between those who belong to the Society and God
  • Support each other in all we do.

Become an SVP member

Membership is open to anyone. The SVP only asks that you accept our Christian ethos and commit to expressing your love of God through personal service to your neighbour. We help all people irrespective of their background or religion. The only criterion for who we help is a person’s need.

What sort of people are we looking for?

We need volunteers who are, above all, caring and compassionate. In addition, we want people who are good listeners, able to keep confidences, and who are respectful and non-judgemental of others.

Members are never expected to do anything they’re uncomfortable with. Every member works as part of a team so they don’t have to cope on their own or deal with anything they can’t manage. Members are also given training and a DBS check, as well as ongoing support from the SVP local and national network.

How to get involved

If you would like to join us, there are several ways to find out about membership:

  • Enquire at your local parish church to see if there is an SVP group you could join
  • Call the SVP National Office on 0207 703 3030
  • Email to find out where your nearest group is
  • Simply click on this 'Contact Us' link

And if you aren't able to become a member there are other ways to get involved:

  • Become a Friend of the Society
  • Pray for our work
  • Tell somebody else about the SVP - maybe suggest that they join us


Our Conference was formed on 9th December 1974 and our work supports visiting the housebound and sick weekly in our area and supporting our local food bank in Carlisle and families that need help.

We also support our Brothers and Sisters overseas and we are Twinned with a conference in India : Perpectual Succor, Thirumudikkunnu, South India which we correspond to each other and financially support every year.

We rely on financial support from our parishioners every Sunday whenever possible to continue our work within our conference.

Contact: Brother Paul Hammond Conference President. Tel.07530 653636.



We rely on financial support from our parishioners every Sunday whenever possible to continue our work within our conference.

Contact: Brother Don Hitch Conference President. Tel.01228 531142

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