The work of the SVP Twinnage Officers in each of the Dioceses in England & Wales is central to supporting our overseas twins. This site is designed to both provide information for SVP members, and those others interested in the work being undertaken by the Society in support of the efforts of our local brothers and sisters active in the developing world.
A principle objective of the Society is our commitment to person to person support. Therefore all aid directed to the developing world is delivered directly by members of the SVP in the relevant country. In this way we can be assured that donations can be most effectively used, guided and delivered by those directly active in the areas of need. As part of an international organisation, the SVP for England & Wales is particularly aligned to supporting needs in India, Romania, Sudan, Grenada and Guyana.
To find out more about the specific details of the work done by the SVP, please select the from the list of countries on each page or “How We Help” at the top of each page. Further information about “Twinnage” and our support for our twinned countries can be found by downloading the detailed information leaflets which can be found under the “Resources” button on this page.
History of the St Vincent de Paul Society
The Society of St Vincent de Paul was founded in Paris in 1833 by a group of Catholic students who, led by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, aimed to put their faith into action through direct contact and assistance to the poor. Inspired by the work and teachings of St Vincent de Paul, a priest who abandoned the profit of an ecclesiastical career at the Royal Court in favour of working with the marginalised and forgotten poor of France in the 1600s, the group placed itself under his patronage.
A few years after its foundation, the organisation had grown in numbers and soon spread to other countries. By 1844, the first Conference of Charity had been formed in England & Wales. The Society founded by Frederic almost two centuries later would continue its work not just in France, but across the world. The work would be undertaken by ordinary people who felt called to turn concern into practical action and to alleviate poverty in all its forms.