"The SVP relies on the support of its volunteers. More members are needed to ensure that its work continues to grow and flourish. I urge anyone who has time to offer, to work with the SVP by becoming a volunteer.
"Giving your time not only benefits those that the SVP supports, but will also bring you great joy."
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
You can make a difference
Millions of people live in poverty in Britain, deprived of basic human needs such as food, sanitation, health or shelter. And poverty isn’t the only sort of deprivation; chronic loneliness and isolation are significant and growing problems. But people needn’t face these issues alone, if people like you are prepared to give a little of your time to help them.
By becoming an SVP member you can make a real difference to the lives of those near you who are suffering.
Become an SVP member
Membership is open to anyone. The SVP only asks that you accept our Christian ethos and commit to expressing your love of God through personal service to your neighbour. We help all people irrespective of their background or religion. The only criterion for who we help is a person’s need.
What sort of people are we looking for?
We need volunteers who are, above all, caring and compassionate. In addition, we want people who are good listeners, able to keep confidences, and who are respectful and non-judgemental of others.
Members are never expected to do anything they’re uncomfortable with. Every member works as part of a team so they don’t have to cope on their own or deal with anything they can’t manage. Members are also given training and a DBS check, as well as ongoing support from the SVP local and national network.
How to get involved
If you would like to join us, there are several ways to find out about membership:
- Enquire at your local parish church to see if there is an SVP group you could join
- Call the SVP National Office on 0207 703 3030
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out where your nearest group is
- Simply click on this 'Contact Us' link
And if you aren't able to become a member there are other ways to get involved:
- Become a Friend of the Society
- Pray for our work
- Tell somebody else about the SVP - maybe suggest that they join us