Limerick SVP seeking new members amid 'record demand' for services

The Society of St Vincent de Paul is seeking new members in the city and county of Limerick

The Society of St Vincent de Paul is seeking new members in the city and county of Limerick

THE Society of St Vincent de Paul is seeking new members in the city and county of Limerick, at a time when there is “record demand” for the services and assistance the charity provides.

The Limerick city area has just under 200 active members in 15 conferences, which are local groupings, and they respond to requests for assistance on a weekly basis by visiting people in their homes, offering support and friendship and assessing people’s needs.

While this represents the core work of the society, the Limerick City SVP also runs a drop-in service which provides soup and sandwiches to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless, as well as providing laundry and showering facilities and onward referrals to other services.

“Over the years local conferences of SVP in Limerick city have also responded to the problem of homelessness by providing social housing in the city and operating St Patrick’s Hostel, Clare Street, which provides accommodation for 47 single men at any given time,” said a spokesperson for SVP Limerick.

“Prison visitation by members of SVP occurs on a weekly basis with supports also being given to the families of prisoners. The society plans to develop a local conference to work with individuals and families in emergency accommodation and living in direct provision.”

Those interested in volunteering can attend information evenings on Wednesday, February 28 in the Savoy Hotel in Limerick city, at 7.30pm. For more information call 061 317327.