St Vincent De Paul (SVP)

The aim of the SVP (Society of St Vincent de Paul) is to meet the needs of the poor in body and spirit in our own parish and in the wider world - people of all denominations and none.

The SVP visit the elderly and housebound in their homes and in hospitals. They give financial help to the needy in the area.

Each January there is a Grand Party and, in the summer, there is an annual outing and a strawberry tea in Leigh-on-Sea.

The SVP help staff the overnight shelter for the homeless in Chelmsford as part of the "Churches Together" project. They collect and send clothing to "The Passage" in Westminster, the drop-in centre for the needy.

Further afield, the Springfield SVP are twinned with two SVP conferences in India. As well as supporting with prayer on a practical level, they have helped fund a baby feeding programme in India.

Much of the work of the SVP is confidential, is unknown to others and unsung. SVP members come from the Catholic, Anglican and Free Church communities. They meet for prayer, support, co-ordination of visits and activities. Auxiliary members visit clients. Friends of the SVP offer help with activities and transport.

If you would want to know more, please contact Elaine Heyworth on 01245 490625.