SVP is different

Local Action with National Impact

Volunteer with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) and become part of the largest and oldest voluntary charitable organisation in Ireland.

Our greatest strength is our volunteers, you know the issues in your community and can address immediate needs as well as helping families move towards self-sufficiency, through friendship and support. 10,000 volunteers doing the quiet work of the Society in your local community. Offering a little help at the right time can give people hope for the future.

What can I do?


There are many ways you can make a difference as an SVP member as we have a range of volunteering roles. Whatever your experience, interests and availability, you'll find an opportunity to make a difference in your community by becoming a Member of SVP.

**Please note: After you formally apply you will have the opportunity to speak with someone from SVP, but there may be a delay before you can join a Conference.​**

This is our main volunteering work, offering friendship, support and practical assistance. As part of your local Conference team, you and another experienced member would visit individuals or families in their homes, prison or hospitals to offer assistance and friendship for a period of time. Visitation volunteering is a vital support, giving advice and practical help at a critical time. Volunteering is flexible with a time commitment of 2-3 hours once a week. Full training and support is provided.

"For some, simple things like sitting down and having a cup of tea and a chat with them can make a huge difference to their day."

You can help someone like Louise offering friendship support and practical assistance. Louise called SVP looking for assistance. That’s where you as a member of a local SVP team can help – with a visit to Louise in her home our volunteers listen and look at ways of supporting her.

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We have frequently asked questions which might help answer some queries you may have about becoming a volunteer or what is involved in volunteering with SVP.


How to get involved

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

Register your interest to become a volunteer.

Want to become a shop volunteer?

Register your interest to become a shop volunteer.

What does it mean to be an SVP Volunteer?

Find out what it is like to volunteer with us