St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

St Werburgh's SVP Conference, Chester

What is the SVP?

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) was established in England and Wales in 1844 and has been committed for over 171 years to providing practical assistance for those in need. Membership is open to men and women who wish to live their faith by loving their neighbour in the service of the needy. The SVP has over 8000 Full members, 1000 Auxiliary members, 72 Youth SVP groups, 8 SVP 1833 groups and 178 Mini Vinnie groups in Primary schools throughout England and Wales.

[SVP News]
SVP members social event

27th April 2024
Reconciliation Mass

23rd March 2024
Catholic High School supports SVP Youth Mass

20th March 2024
‘Ides of March’ Music Night - a great success!

15th March 2024
SVP lead Scriptural Stations of the Cross

15th March 2024
Refugee Assist - can you help?

23rd February 2024
‘Werbie Spice Girls and Wild Boys’ in action!

6th January 2024

What we do

The core work of the SVP is befriending: sitting with those who are isolated for whatever reason. Each year approximately 8000 members make 500,000 visits to people in need and as a result of these visits more than 80,000 individuals gain friendship, support and practical assistance.

The SVP’s motto is ‘Turning Concern into Action’ and our regular visits are a very real way of doing this. Members of the SVP sit side-by-side with individuals and families, with the sick at home or in hospitals, with people in residential homes and with people in offender institutes, to offer support. Activities vary from Conference to Conference and members carry out a range of work including social events and Masses for the sick and housebound.

Alongside the very practical aspect of Vincentian work, SVP members are encouraged to grow in spirituality through their relationships with those they seek to help, through prayer and reflection and through the Eucharist.

Get involved

The St Werburgh’s SVP Conference aims to meet monthly:

  • Last Wednesday of the month at 6.30pm. 

Meetings are usually held at the St. Werburgh’s Parish House, Grosvenor Park Road, Chester CH1 1QJ.

Request help or information

Please contact Stephen Perry, Conference President on 07775 781204 or email

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