The Society of St Vincent de Paul (known as the SVP) is a lay organisation of Christian men and women, founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam and a few fellow students in Paris. The founders chose as their patron the 17th Century French priest St Vincent de Paul who devoted his life to serving the poor.

The main work of the SVP in its early days was the provision of food and clothing for the poor. Today it still does some work of this kind; however, the main thrust of the SVP in Britain now is to provide personal support and friendship wherever needed.

The SVP in Royston

Our Parish Group was founded in 1952. At present we have 8 full members and 3 auxiliaries. Meetings are held twice a month (on Wednesday at 7.15 pm) in the side chapel of the church – please see bulletin for date of next meeting or call Denise Moody on 07986 493991

We make regular visits to individual clients in their homes, and to local institutions: hospitals, nursing homes and residential homes. Most of our clients are sick, disabled, elderly, housebound or lonely.


Everything we do is strictly between ourselves and those we help.