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Society of St Vincent de Paul

SVP calls for government housing strategy to be abandoned

“A social housing policy that relies so heavily on the private rented sector can never be the answer to the housing problem.”

2019.02.02.

SVP expect no slow down in calls for help in its 175th anniversary year

In Ireland, the Society of St Vincent de Paul receives more than 130,000 calls for assistance a year – about 11 percent more than it did five years ago.

2019.01.07.

Story of first Christmas is one of a young couple looking for accommodation

Catholic Bishop of Meath and Church of Ireland Primate focus on the human cost of the homeless crisis in their Christmas messages.

2018.12.18.

Society’s new scheme fosters the power of reading

"Brand new children’s books will be distributed in the families we visit, to encourage children to begin enjoying books early and all the benefits that brings."

2018.09.17.

SVP instrumental in spreading a love of trad music at Drogheda Fleadh

“Music develops the whole brain, fosters a child's creativity and brings joy and enrichment to a person’s life.” - Joe Sweeney, Society of St Vincent de Paul

2018.08.20.

International President visits SVP Ireland

Kieran Stafford said it was a sign of Ireland’s standing that the International President of an organisation with members in about 140 countries visited here so early in his 6-year term of office.

2018.08.08.

Labour MP urges Britain to address crisis in prison system

John Grogan is a member of the Catholic Legislators Network in the Houses of Parliament and his brother is a priest of the Diocese of Leeds.

2018.07.24.

Single parents often better off not working

The high cost of childcare means that nearly one in five lone parents are better off not working.

2018.07.07.

Put a cap on moneylenders’ interest rates, SVP tells Central Bank

The SVP is calling on government to introduce an interest rate cap that reduces the total cost of credit that moneylenders can legally charge.

2018.04.16.

Homelessness crisis in Ireland is an outrage and a shame, says SVP

A record 9,104 people were homeless in January this year of which more than 3,000 were children

2018.03.31.

Tango very much! Dance event raises €50k for SVP

They put on a truly incredible show and amazed everyone with what can be achieved after only ten weeks of lessons – Tony Rock.

2018.03.26.

‘He was devoted to his own family and the SVP family’

Tributes paid to former national vice president and SVP spokesman, Professor John Monaghan, who has died aged 73.

2018.01.17.

SVP appeals for generous response to collection this weekend

‘Keep it local’ ethos allows volunteers the flexibility to provide the necessary help for people in their area.

2017.12.09.

Energy price increases knock the joy out of Christmas says SVP

This is a particularly difficult time for families worrying about upcoming Christmas expenses and getting through the winter months when energy bills are at their highest.

2017.12.04.

SVP give considered response to Budget 2018: Not good enough

Will the small improvements in supports and services have a meaningful impact on families and children living in poverty? Unfortunately, the answer is NO

2017.11.06.

Charities welcome modest improvements in Budget

Social Justice Ireland (SJI) stated that Budget 2018 has given modest improvements for some but failed to get to grips with the scale of the crises needing to be addressed.

2017.10.12.

Child homeless census figures alarm SVP

Children aged under four are now the single largest age group experiencing homelessness, with Census 2016 identifying 765 homeless preschoolers.

2017.08.14.

Many unable to pay increasing electricity and bin charges

“Autumn is a particularly difficult time for families who have just faced back-to-school costs and are worrying about upcoming Christmas expenses and getting through the winter months when energy bills are at their highest,” said SVP.

2017.07.12.

Galway mayor finds that SVP homework club is top of the class

“Our volunteers are very reliable, which is essential when providing this necessary service. They help build friendly relationships between children and parents living in direct provision with members of the community. Our volunteers add to the good spirit and positive attitude to learning that is created in our homework club” – Jim Walsh, SVP.

2017.06.19.

SVP urges action on inequality in Budget 2018

“The question which is agitating the world today is a social one. It is a struggle between those who have nothing and those who have too much. It is a violent clash of opulence and poverty which is shaking the ground under our feet.” – SVP founder Frederic Ozanam.

2017.06.14.

Homeless young people are living in limbo, says report

The study, carried out by Dr Paula Mayock and Sarah Parker of Trinity’s School of Social Work and Social Policy, highlights causes of homelessness among young people, including family breakdown, leaving State care, early school leaving and lack of access to employment.

2017.05.31.

Demands on SVP grow as one in twelve Irish people now in ‘consistent poverty’

More needs to be done, otherwise too many of our children will spend their childhoods going without basics like secure housing, healthy food and suitable clothing.

2017.02.20.

John Paul II awards celebrate the gift of young people

“It is my fervent hope that you will go forward from here to bring joy and hope to the life of the Church in your local parish area and beyond,” says Archbishop Neary.

2016.11.21.

Look what has started on The Late Late Show

Charity album will raise thousands of euro for SVP.

2016.11.14.

SVP welcomes aspects of Budget 2017, but says public investment must be prioritised

While the transformative policies of Early Childhood Care and Education, social housing provision and energy retrofitting of homes were welcome, according to the society, significantly greater public investment is required over the longer term.

2016.10.15.

Government plan to tackle housing crisis welcome

But many of the commitments are "unclear, with no timescale or finances named" says Focus Ireland.

2016.07.20.

SVP welcomes reinstated Carer Support Grant

"One of the things we've called for is a statutory entitlement to home care services," says Catherine Cox from Family Carers Ireland.

2016.06.03.

SVP welcomes Govt assurance on child benefit

“Withdrawing vital child benefit from families struggling to keep their children in school will not tackle child poverty."

2016.05.30.

NICCOSA raises child poverty with SDLP leader

Party urged to make addressing child poverty and the widening gap between rich and poor the first priority of the programme of Government in the next Assembly.

2016.04.05.

Charities to receive Black Santa sit out proceeds

€41,400, the largest amount in the Dublin appeal’s 15 year history, collected in the days running up to Christmas.

2016.02.07.
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