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 9000 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]
St Werburgh's remembers its 'stalwarts'

28th November 2020
Support the Talacre Holiday Homes

19th September 2020
SVP Christmas Lunch

1st February 2020
Remembrance Service at Orchid Lodge

22nd November 2019
Sponsored Walk for the SVP District Holiday Home

9th October 2019
Housebound Mass Autumn 2019

30th September 2019
Summer Lunch 2019

4th July 2019
Run-walk breakfast in memory of Claudio

3rd July 2019
Housebound Mass 2019

29th May 2019
Our housebound friends enjoy a January Christmas Lunch

23rd February 2019

What we do

The core work of the SVP is befriending: sitting with those who are isolated for whatever reason. Each year approximately 9000 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 twice monthly:

  • 2nd Monday of the month at 1.30pm. 
  • 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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