The St Vincent de Paul Society (England & Wales) is part of an international Christian voluntary network dedicated to tackling poverty in all its forms by providing practical assistance to people in need. Our 10,000 members, motivated by their faith, visit vulnerable or isolated people across England and Wales and offer them friendship and practical support. The essence of our work is person-to-person contact and spending time with people is our greatest gift. Read more about the SVP on our website.
The SVP has an active Beckenham branch and can be reached for help if you are facing hardship – please call 07789 497 482 or EMAIL US. Throughout lockdown our volunteer members have been on the frontline locally (and across England and Wales) supporting people in desperate need with emergency food and essential household items through our “Knock and Drop service” and providing remote support to people who are lonely, isolated or bereaved.
However long it lasts, the impact of this pandemic will linger for many months, even years ahead. More people will face loneliness, poverty, bereavement, debt and the threat of homelessness. Our work will be more important than ever, to help them cope and to recover. The Beckenham branch plans to play an active roll in helping local people as we look to recover from the pandemic and build a better community for all of us.
Can we help you?
Help with housing issues
I don’t have anywhere to stay tonight
I’m being threatened with eviction
I’m living on the streets
Help with social issues
I’m suffering domestic abuse
I’m suffering loneliness and separation
I’m suffering from bereavement
I need help with grocery shopping and other essentials
I’m unemployed and need help with my CV / job search
I’m a former prisoner and struggling to re-integrate into society
Help with financial issues
- - I can't afford food
- I can't afford an essential item of furniture / appliance
- I can't afford items for my young children
- I'm struggling with my utility bills
- I need help with my Universal Credit claim
Help with health issues
I have special care needs and want to go on a pilgrimage
I or someone I know is suffering from Dementia
I or someone I know is suffering from severe mental health issues
I want to help
Contact us [details to be provided] if you would like to get involved. [Link to page listing some local organisations that need assistance]
Your donations continue to be appreciated, posted through the Presbytery door or online to: SVP (St Edmund of Canterbury – Beckenham), 60-60-04, A/C 46076190. (Please complete a gift-aid form: click here).
"The SVP gives powerful practical expression to Pope Francis' desire for the Church to be a Church for the poor."
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster