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SVP elects new national president

“The Society of St Vincent de Paul in Ireland has faced many challenges over its 176 years in the country. But the current COVID-19 pandemic is probably one of the most difficult,” said new president, Rose McGowan.

2020.09.23.

SVP calls for urgent action following CSO report on enforced deprivation

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) data on Enforced Deprivation shows almost 900,000 people were going without basics prior to the pandemic – an increase of over 140,000 from the previous year. More than one in five children are now experiencing enforced deprivation.

2020.09.08.

Here comes the bride! SVP open Vincent’s Wedding Suite in Northern Ireland

The Society of St Vincent de Paul in Northern Ireland has opened a bridal wear shop in Portadown, where brides-to-be and mothers-of-the-brides can shop for the outfit of their dreams in total comfort. Accessible by appointment only, Vincent’s Wedding Suite carries a stock of more than 50 new and pre-loved white and ivory wedding dresses.

2020.08.16.

Do you want a read with that? McDonald’s donates 2,000 children’s books to SVP

“This generous donation of 2,000 books will greatly benefit so many children and families across the country,” said SVP national president Kieran Stafford.

2020.08.03.

SVP urges Government to tackle poverty as calls for help increase

“The concentration of job losses in low paid sectors means that the impact (of COVID-19) has disproportionately fallen on groups that are least able to endure a financial hit,” said Kieran Stafford, national president, SVP.

2020.07.21.

Changing times at SVP charity shops as business returns to ‘new usual’

All Vincent's stores in the republic now open at 10.30am, to help staff and volunteers get themselves, the shop premises and the stock 'COVID containment' ready.

2020.07.11.

Keep giving food parcels to kids this summer, says SVP to new Irish government

"We are grateful that the NI Executive listened to us," said Patrick Friel of the SVP, which wants the Dublin government to do the same.

2020.06.25.

Young SVP reaches out to stressed students

Young SVP saw the worry and anxiety among students during the COVID-19 restrictions and decided to produce the video to offer support, encourage them to talk about their anxieties, and tell them that help is on hand.

2020.05.12.

School closures are increasing educational disadvantage, warns SVP policy officer

But it could also be an opportunity for the new government to learn some lessons about how education could be designed more equitably.

2020.05.03.

Archbishop drops-in to Simon Community hostel in Armagh

It was humbling to visit Simon Armagh to offer our support and to speak and pray with the residents and staff, says Archbishop Martin.

2020.04.26.

Big jump in calls to SVP for help in wake of COVID-19 closures

"Our fear is that the impact of the pandemic will be most acute for individuals and families already living in poverty," said SVP president Kieran Stafford.

2020.04.05.

SVP issues moneylender warning as pandemic increases financial woes

"We fear moneylenders will end up targeting people who will just not be able to repay loans at the exorbitant interest rates they are charging," says SVP president Kieran Stafford.

2020.03.22.

SVP ‘Survive on Five’ challenge: can you live on €5 a day for five days?

“Participants will have to think about and calculate every item they consume. However, this is the reality of hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland every day,” says SVP national president Kieran Stafford.

2020.02.17.

Nearly 100 SVP projects benefit from Galway publican’s multi-million euro legacy

The SVP Resource Centre in Galway, 'Croi na Gaillimhe', has been renamed Maureen O’Connell House as a lasting tribute to the benefactor's memory

2020.02.16.

Tackling child poverty must be an election 2020 priority, SVP tells voters and politicians

"In our experience, the biggest driver of poverty in recent years is housing costs," says SVP president Kieran Stafford, calling on voters to exercise their electoral power to make politicans reduce the misery of poverty in Ireland today.

2020.01.19.

140,000 Irish children “growing up in the cold”, says SVP report

“The high cost of energy here in Ireland should be considered a key contributor to utility arrears and the inability of people to adequately heat their homes,” says the SVP’s Dr Tricia Keilthy.

2019.12.11.

Christmas Elves and Angels wanted by SVP

“Like a Christmas Angel, your gift of hope could bring little miracles to those who need it most this winter,” says SVP national president Kieran Stafford.

2019.12.02.

Antrim GAA up their game for SVP and families in need

"We are indebted to the continued support from the GAA clubs and supporters in Co. Antrim in helping brighten the festive season,” said Pauline Brown of the SVP.

2019.11.26.

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.

New book tells the story of Ireland’s connections with Lourdes

Among the tens of thousands of Irish who have visited the shrine are President John F Kennedy, Grace Kelly, Brendan Behan and Seamus Heaney.

2019.08.24.

VAT on ebooks for school children is unfair, says SVP

“These costs contribute to financial stress and worry in low income households and can cause a negative and stressed attitude towards education.”

2019.08.16.

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.

Read all about it: SVP WordPower book scheme reaches thousands of children

Reading from a young age provides many benefits including greater development of a child’s imagination, concentration levels, linguistic ability and self-confidence.

2019.08.05.

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 to hold 175th anniverary gathering in Dublin Convention Centre next Saturday

“Even though times have changed fundamentally since then, the core need still continues to be much the same.”

2019.04.06.

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.
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