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In February one of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s (SVP) long-standing members at Our Lady and St George Conference in Enfield received the long service medal. Fintan has been a member at the conference (SVP group) for over 30 years. The medal was presented by his Parish Priest Fr Daniel Humphreys. 

The medal bears the image of the founder of the SVP Blessed Frederick Ozanam and a quote attributed to him: ‘I would like to enclose the whole world in a network of charity’. 

Expressing his delight at the award, Fintan said: ‘I was pleased to receive the certificate and medal in recognition of my time in the SVP Enfield. Things have changed many times in the 30 years as the needs required have become more complex. I also appreciate the support from fellow members over the period.’

Founded in Britain in 1844, the SVP has over 10,000 members across England and Wales, all volunteers who are motivated by faith. They visit vulnerable or isolated people offering friendship and practical support.

In Westminster, there are over 60 conferences (groups of volunteers), committed to seeking and finding those in need. 

Membership is open to anyone. All that is required is that members accept the SVP’s Christian ethos. Members help all people irrespective of their background or religion, the only criterion being their need.

The SVP look for members who are, above all, caring and compassionate, people who are good listeners, confidential and non-judgemental of others. If this sounds like you, please get in touch with them or ask for the Membership Team on 0207 703 3030.