St. Vincent de Paul

The SVP conference of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Colwyn Bay

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing direct practical assistance to anyone in need, regardless of their faith, colour, race or status. The Society respects religious liberty and values all people.  Active in England & Wales since 1844, today it continues to address social and material need in all its many forms.

When: T.B.C. (check the calendar for meeting times)
Where: T.B.C.
Contact: Tom MacLean (President), Jim McColl (Vice-President), Gemma MacLean (Treasurer & Media Officer), Angela Hudson (Secretary), Father Vimal

SVP Emergency Helpline: 07478354046
The above number can be used by people in our locality who need help or support, i.e. food, electric/gas, furniture or clothing etc. It is also for those who are lonely or require transport to mass or hospital or to the shops.

If you would like to get involved with our work and join the SVP, please get in touch with us.  If you are able to spare a few hours, your time, enthusiasm and commitment can help make a huge difference to those in need. You can get involved by:

  • Committing to become an SVP member
  • Volunteering to help with local SVP projects
  • Offering your professional expertise to support any of our management committees

What do we do?

We hold regular Conference Meetings (A conference is a small group of committed members meeting regularly to help the needy in a particular locality), we work with those in need in our Parish and we co-operate with local support services.

Visiting those in need and sitting side by side with them remains the core work of the Society. In Colwyn Bay there are for example many lonely old people who would appreciate a friendly face and enjoy a chat over a cup of tea, knowing that someone cares. But the local conference group of members are committed to supporting all who need help, maintaining confidentiality. In some cases support may extend to doing shopping, decorating, gardening, filling in official forms and ensuring they are receiving their statutory benefits. Regular visiting and personal care, with relationships based on trust and friendship are what gives the SVP its unique character.

SVP Charity Shop

There are also volunteering opportunities at the SVP charity shop in The Bay View Shopping Centre in Colwyn Bay. Telephone 01492 535 500 for more information.

SVP Friendship Group
Held fortnightly on a Friday at St. Joseph’s Community Centre, Brackley Avenue, Colwyn Bay between 2pm – 4pm. Contact
Follow our SVP Colwyn Bay Conference Facebook Page for more news and updates.

SVP National Office:
SVP Romero House
55 Westminster Bridge Road
SE1 7JB                   

reg. Charity no. 1053992

Latest News from The SVP…

SVP Spread Christmas Joy

Amid the disappointment of the latest coronavirus restrictions, the SVP & St Joseph’s Community Connect today lifted spirits and brought joy to families across our community. Volunteers in festive dress delivered 15 Christmas hampers to families in need. The hampers included everything needed for a festive feast – turkeys, vegetables, mince pies, Christmas pudding, cookies and selection boxes. Alongside the […]

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Food Bank Wishlist

This is an new exciting way to help with our St. Joseph’s Community Connect/SVP food bank. If you purchase an item from our Amazon Wishlist it will be delivered to our door. Quick and easy with few clicks of a button from the comfort of your home. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us: […]

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SVP is Rising to the Challenge of COVID-19

Here is some information from St. Vincent de Paul about how the charity is “Rising to the Challenge of Covid-19” by offering their help in the community during this difficult time. If you are able to donate to this cause to further help their work they would be extremely grateful. 

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Can You Help?

The St. Vincent de Paul shop in the Bay view centre in Colwyn Bay urgently needs volunteers. It wouldn’t need to be a large commitment, even just 1 day a week would greatly help! Available slots are:      Mornings: 10 A.M – 1 P.M Afternoons: 1 P.M. – 4 P.M. If you can help or want to find out […]

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St. Joseph’s Community Connect & St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Store

St. Joseph’s Community Connect & The St. Vincent De Paul Society food store will be open from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon on Monday July 27th 2020 and then each Monday thereafter at the same time. This is a drop-In service. Families and individuals in need of help can just ‘Drop-in’ between those times on Monday at St. Joseph’s presbytery. […]

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Can you help?

Our SVP conference are currently assisting a previously homeless individual who has just been provided with unfurnished accommodation. This person requires many things to meet their basic needs for living such as furniture and appliances etc. Do you have any unwanted items on the list below that you could donate to them? If so please get in touch with us […]

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Join the SVP

SVP is the St Vincent de Paul society. It’s an international Christian charity which tackles poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to people in need. St Vincent de Paul spent most of his life helping the poor. He died in 1660, and the St Vincent de Paul Society was formed in the 19th century. It has been active in […]

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SVP Overwhelmed with Donations

The St Vincent de Paul Society were overwhelmed with food donations today, Sunday 8th October. In celebration of Harvest Sunday, parishioners and members of the wider parish community were asked to donate food to the SVP Food Store this week and they did not disappoint. The church was full of generous donations which will be a huge blessing to those […]

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Harvest Sunday

Harvest Sunday is the 8th October. The SVP would appreciate if parishioners could bring any food donations along to Sunday mass that day for the SVP Food Store. All food stuffs gratefully accepted: Powdered or Longlife UHT milk Tinned meats (e.g mince, stewed steak, ham, meat casserole) Tinned vegetables (e.g potatoes, carrots, peas) Tinned beans/spaghetti Tinned/packet soups Pasta Rice Cereals […]

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