28 Jun 2022

SVP launch national recruitment campaign following the largest number of calls for help in its history

SVP launch national recruitment campaign following the largest number of calls for help in its history

Launch of the SVP national recruitment campaign this week are Yvonne McGivern (front) and Tom O’Doherty (right) from North Kildare. Also volunteers Luke Doyle and Ellen Whelan volunteers from Dublin.

Kildare volunteers with the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) launch national recruitment campaign following the largest number of calls for help in its history

During 2021 a total of just over 191,000 calls for help were made to the Society throughout the country. This is 12% up on the number of calls in 2020 and the highest on record for the Society.

As the Society prepares for a full return to home visitations shortly the national campaign for volunteers will primarily focus on over 900 Visiting Conferences (Branches) throughout the country. 

But volunteers are also being sought to help in shops, social housing as well as children and family services.

The recruitment campaign theme is ‘You know who you are - But we don’t' To apply to become an SVP volunteer. Visit: or call 01 884 8246.

In launching the campaign SVP National President Rose McGowan said: “The characteristics required of our volunteers include; kindness, compassion, discretion, respect and being non-judgemental,"

“Volunteers are our greatest strength, they know the issues in their communities and can address immediate needs as well as helping families and individuals, young and old, move towards self-sufficiency and equal opportunity through friendship and support. Offering a little help at the right time can give people hope for the future. Volunteers sharing their time and skills can change lives forever."

She added: “Volunteering with SVP involves working with and supporting the largest and oldest voluntary charitable organisation in Ireland. Training will be provided and the time commitment, while variable, is usually 3-5 hours weekly.”

Other than visitation some other volunteer positions required by SVP are in:

Technical support for Conferences

Providing professional  data management and finance support for conferences, to ensure that conferences capture and record important data that improves their ability to assist people, while also adhering to relevant legislation e.g. GDPR. 


The role as a volunteer in the network of almost 240 shops, is to carry out or assist in general shop duties and to ensure customers are the priority at all times through the delivery of exceptional customer service.

Social Housing

The key attributes of volunteers are experience and knowledge in the areas of Architecture, Engineering, Surveying, Health & Safety, Social Work and Social Care, 

Family & Children Services

Volunteers can share their time and skills in one of the SVP youth clubs, community resource centres, daycare centres, or holiday homes.

SVP has a Safeguarding Policy to prevent and protect children and adults at risk of harm. It takes all safeguarding complaints seriously to ensure that those who require assistance, volunteers, staff, and anyone associated with the SVP, are kept safe from all forms of violence, coercive control, abuse, neglect and exploitation. This is achieved through a robust and effective approach, including police vetting on recruitment, and providing a quality standard of support and service delivery.

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