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Society of St Vincent de Paul

Time to change flawed housing policy, says SVP

"It is totally unacceptable for a rich country like Ireland that so many children have no place to call home,” said SVP National President Kieran Stafford.

2019.11.02.

Budget 2020 is ‘a failure for struggling households’, says SVP

‘We don’t believe that this budget protects those most vulnerable in the event of a No-Deal Brexit,’ says SVP national president Kieran Stafford.

2019.10.13.

SVP introduces cashless collection boxes

Irish society is becoming increasingly cashless, and the way charities are collecting donations is changing to reflect this.

2019.08.11.

SVP pre-budget submission reports 100,000 workers in poverty

Emerging issues with the economy now at almost ‘full employment’ are in-work poverty and the difficulty for people in rural areas in accessing employment.

2019.06.19.

Charity shops should promote values and ethos, SVP retail conference hears

“People should come to Vincent’s shops because they want to, not because they have to.”

2019.06.16.

In the middle of exam season, SVP issue appeal for education support efforts

“If I hadn't been supported, I wouldn’t be a nurse today. I’d probably be homeless.”

2019.06.10.

SVP volunteers gather in Dublin to celebrate 175 years of God’s work

“The greatness of the story of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is the witness of those men and women who became real friends with the poor.”

2019.04.14.

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.
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