St Bede’s SVP in East Northumberland
 
The SVP (Saint Vincent de Paul) Society operating within East Northumberland District consists of six (6) Conferences, the oldest having been in existence for over 100 years :-
 
St John the Baptist - Annitsford (1931)
St Aidan – Ashington (1926)
Our Lady and St Wilfrid – Blyth (1915)
St Bede – Bedlington (1931)
St Paul – Cramlington (1971)
St Robert – Morpeth (1931)
 
Individual Conference’s arrange local meetings at times to suit member’s circumstances. Each Conference also attends and reports to the District Council at a monthly meeting hosted by each Conference in rotation (once every 6 months). The District in turn reports to TCC (Tyne Central Council), which operates under the leadership of National Office located in London.
 
St Bede’s SVP meet on an ad-hoc basis as and when the need arises and usually last no longer than 30 minutes. At local level we arrange visits to the sick and housebound in their homes and hospital/care homes. At national level we support the various charitable trusts, including our own Holy Island Holiday Camp. At international level, we provide support to our twinned Conference in India, including sponsorship of student nurses in training also in India. In Sudan we also support a baby feeding station.
 
Within St Bede’s school we have contributed to the setting up of the Mini-Vinnies with a starter pack and are pleased to provide on-going support.
 
Support your local SVP
 
CHARITY IS NOT JUST A MATTER OF YOUR SPARE CASH
You can give something more valuable – YOUR SPARE TIME
 
Can you spare a couple of hours each week (or ad-hoc when available) to help the SVP.  
 
The Safeguarding Rules under which we must operate mean we are obliged to visit in pairs, which restricts our ability to maximise the number of overall visits.
 
Even if you feel unable to commit to full membership (requires Safeguarding/DBS checks to make visits); auxiliary membership only requires a simple registration which enables you to take office (e.g. President, Secretary, Treasurer) and make a positive contribution to the success of the Conference. Alternatively, Volunteer status does not require Safeguarding checks or central registration.
 
If you are willing to contribute any spare time (however small) for visiting or to volunteer your services for other roles, please make contact with one of your local SVP representatives at St Bede’s :-
 
John McGinn (07754 501405)
 
David Ward (07754 537096)
 
For further information on volunteering opportunities, please log on to the National SVP website via the attached link :-
http://svp.org.uk/
and refer to drop down menu – “Get Involved”.
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