Society of St Vincent de Paul


Whoever fails to love does not know God, because  God is Love.
(1 John 4:8)


Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

The Society of St Vincent De Paul (SVP) was founded by Frederick Ozanam  a  20 year old young man in France in 1833. It was named after Vincent de Paul, a priest who did much good work visiting the sick, poor and needy in France in the 17th century. It is a lay society that helps all who are in need: the poor and homeless, the bereaved, the lonely, the housebound and those in residential homes, hospitals, prisons and secure units. Aid is given through visits and practical help as well as by financial or material donations.

You can read more about the SVP HERE

SVP Vision

The Vision, which is inspired by Christ’s message

to love our neighbour as ourselves, is for individuals and families who are in any form of need to have hope together with a sense of dignity, worth, well-being and peace of mind.

SVP Mission

The SVP Mission is to seek and find those in need, to help them in a spirit of justice and to tackle the causes of poverty where we can.
We do this:

As members 
in our active membership of local groups, through which we befriend and offer support, within our means, to any person in need.

As a Society 
by working together to provide a national, and international network of support; by providing a range of projects which address particular needs for those who are economically disadvantaged and by working together with other Vincentian groups to raise awareness of the level of need and the causes of poverty.

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Are you interested in becoming a member, or do wish to refer someone in need, please contact Murielle Assemian through the form below.

St Peter & the Guardian Angels Conference, Rotherhithe


The SVP runs the Foodbank in the Parish.  

Opening Times

11.00am to 1.00pm on Wednesdays

(Come in through the main entrance of the Church )

The SVP Conference in our Parish meets once a month on a Friday at 7pm in the Newman Room in the church.
Any adult can join the group. However, due to the group’s work with vulnerable people, potential members are required to have an interview and a DBS check. Members must also abide by some basic rules such as confidentiality.

Donations to the Foodbank

Donations to the Foodbank are welcome.  Please leave your donation when you come for mass on

  • Saturday, from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
  • Sundays – anytime from 8.00 am to 12 noon

The following donations are welcome

Tea Pasta/Spaghetti
Coffee Pasta Sauce
Breakfast Cereal Tinned Fish
Rice Tinned Meat
Biscuits Baked Beans
Milk Sweet Corn
Peanut Butter Mashed Potato
Sugar Microwave Rice
Honey Spaghetti Hoops
Tinned Fruit Soup
Long Life Juice Hot dogs
Salt Tinned Vegetables
Cooking Oil Noodles
Toothpaste Conditioner
Tooth Brush Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper Washing Up Liquid
Shower Gels Cleaning Liquids



Visiting and Befriending

Volunteer members work in varied ways to give people a sense of belonging and dignity.  Loneliness is an increasing issue for

 many and having someone to share the issues of the day with is so important.
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Aid to individuals and Families

As well as offering friendship and support, our members give practical help such as food, clothes, furniture, or financial help when this is needed.

Members of  our SVP conference run the food bank in the Parish.

Since March 2020, in Conjunction with the Rennie & Manor Tenants & Residents Association every week, we have distributed cooked chilled and frozen food to the elderly, housebound, isolated and disadvantaged in our local community.

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Social Justice

Social justice is at the heart of our work and central to our mission. From tackling poverty, homelessness and isolation, to supporting refugees, asylum seekers and prisoners,

we turn concern into action. We campaign with other local and national organisations.  Please see below our latest campaign.
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Twinnage (Overseas Aid)

Twinnage is the way in which SVP groups in developed countries provide support to SVP groups in developing countries. We are ‘twinned’ with a Conference called Little Flowers in Kerala, India.

This involves most importantly praying for them (in our meetings), corresponding with them where possible and financially supporting them to help their regular activities. This helps to ensure that vital funding reaches the poorest communities in countries where the SVP exists.
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With our Partner.........

From March 2020 to April 2021 in Conjunction with the Rennie & Manor Tenants & Residents Association we have delivered over


Cooked Meals given with love

Thank You

All donations made to the work of our SVP Conference, no matter how small, makes a difference in our Community.

If you are interested in supporting our SVP Conference, here are some ways you can.

SVP Conference Bank Details

Account Name:


Lambeth North Branch PO Box 7929
91 Westminster Bridge Road
London SEl 7HW

Sort Code:  60-60-04
Account Number:    46076093


PayPal Transfer

PayPal coming soon

Gift Aid

Do You Pay Income Tax? Then please join the Gift Aid Scheme!

If you have an income on which you pay U.K. Income tax, you can boost the donations you are currently making to your parish by 25% without giving any extra!

What is Gift Aid?

It is a scheme designed to encourage donors – who must be taxpayers – to sign a declaration form so that all their donations to the charity (Society of St Vincent de Paul) can be treated as gift aid donations. The donations can be of any amount, and there is no lower or upper limit and they do not have to be of a fixed amount or frequency. By signing the forms, donors can ensure that the parish gets a substantial refund from the Inland Revenue without having to increase their level of giving. In order for St Peter and the Guardian Angels SVP Conference to benefit from your donations: You must be a U.K. tax payer You must complete a Gift Aid Declaration (please ask the Conference Treasurer, Lisa Dalton ) Your contributions must be easily identified as coming from you (once you sign up for the Gift Aid Scheme, you will receive a box of envelopes – this helps identify the donation coming from you. All you have to do is place your donations inside the envelope!)

For every pound you give, your parish will get back an additional 25 pence from the Inland Revenue. This comes from the taxes you have already paid HMRC! So it is not an additional donation from you and it will not cost you extra. If you wish to join the scheme, please talk to SVP Conference Treasurer  Lisa Dalton   


Easy Fund Raising



Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising a free donation for St Peter and the Guardian Angels Church? There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s, who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to St Peter and the Guardian Angels Church to say thank you for shopping with them. It’s really simple and doesn’t cost you anything.

All you have to do is:

  1.  Click here to go to Easy Fund Raising website
  2.  Sign up for free
  3.  Get shopping – your donations will be collected by easyfundraising and automatically sent to St Peter and the Guardian Angels Church.

It couldn’t be easier! There are no catches or hidden charges and  Our Parish,  St Peter and the Guardian Angels Church will be really grateful for your donations. Thank you for your support.

Just Giving

Details coming soon.

Keep the Life Line Campaign


At the start of the Covid-19 crisis the Government gave an extra £20 a week to the standard allowance of Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit. This increase is due to end in April 2021 this year, but poverty is on the rise.

This is a lifeline for millions of families! Join us in campaigning to ensure millions of families do not lose their lifeline.

We have added our voice to the Keep the Lifeline campaign, calling on the government to ensure the temporary increase to Universal Credit is made permanent. Millions of families are struggling financially – help them by telling your MP why they should make this uplift permanent and making sure families on legacy benefits can also access this increase.

Government Ministers are considering whether to keep the uplift or cut it right now! MPs need to understand the urgency of this issue and how it will affect your local area – they need to hear from you as a young person living through this pandemic!

  1. Write urgently to your MP about how a £20 cut would impact people on benefits, you, your families, friends and your community. We have put together a simple guide on how to write to your MP you can follow and use your voice to help those most in need to receive support and protection which you can find on
  2. Go HERE and enter your postcode. Scroll down to find ‘Your MP’, click on their name.
  3. Copy and paste the letter you have drafted.
  4. Follow the instructions on the website to send your letter.

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72 Paradise Street, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4QD

(020) 7237 2969

Charity number: 235468