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St Vincent de Paul Society

Anne Harris

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), is an international Christian, voluntary, lay organisation founded in France in 1833, whose aim is to provide direct, practical assistance to anyone in need and now operates in 150 countries.


The Society is composed of local groups, called Conferences, who respond to the needs around them. We are the Conference of St Catherine’s, Wimborne and are funded through the generosity of our Parishioners.


There are two levels of membership, full and auxiliary. We have 13 full members and 8 auxiliary members available to help when needed. Full-time members are DBS checked, visit Parishioners in their homes and attend our fortnightly meetings. Meetings are a mix of spiritual practice and practical organisation.


Our work includes help for individuals such as helping with shopping, giving lifts to medical appointments or Mass, or simply providing company or support.  On occasions, we also provide financial support such as purchasing an essential item for the home. Sometimes we connect people who have surplus items to those in need.  All our work is confidential but is usually shared with Father Darline.


In Wimborne, our focus is on providing experiences that bring pleasure and joy to people. This includes Special Coffee events on 8 Sundays a year when we serve cake and use pretty china and tablecloths; we run a film club, usually organising lunch beforehand, about once a month and two walking groups that arrange walks once a month. Other special events such as Christmas tea, a summer trip to a place of interest or a boat trip are organised according to the season.  A list of members and planned events is on the SVP Board at the back of the church hall.


We are a lively group and welcome new members. If you think you would like to join us please give me a call.

Mobile: 07974 363517

Anne Harris
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