SVP seeking volunteers after unprecedented levels of calls for help

by Rachel Cunningham
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The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has launched a national campaign calling on members of the people to volunteer with the charity, following a record number of calls for help received by the charity last year, writes Rachel Cunningham.

In 2021, over 191,000 calls from across the country were made to the charity, a 12 per cent increase on the previous highest record, set in 2020.

As SVP prepares for a full return to home visitations, the campaign ‘You know who you are – But we don’t’, is primarily focusing on recruiting volunteers for over 900 visiting conferences throughout the country. However, volunteers are also needed in shops, social housing and in children and family services.

Launching the campaign, SVP National President, Rose McGowan, said: “The characteristics required of our volunteers include; kindness, compassion, discretion, respect and being non-judgemental.

“Volunteers are our greatest strength, they know the issues in their communities and can address immediate needs as well as helping families and individuals, young and old, move towards self-sufficiency and equal opportunity through friendship and support. Offering a little help at the right time can give people hope for the future. Volunteers sharing their time and skills can change lives forever.”

Training will be provided and the time commitment will be between three and five hours per week. To apply to become an SVP volunteer, visit: or call 01 884 8246.

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