On Friday 10 March the Youth SVP held a Coffee Morning for the local parishes, parents and friends of the school.

Since it was ‘Family Fast Day’ on Friday there was a short presentation on the work of CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) and the usual cakes were replaced by vegetable soup. Entertainment was provided by some of our students who had the previous evening been performing in ‘Voice in a Million’ at the Wembley Arena.

What is Youth SVP?

Youth SVP is a Christian organisation for young people who want to put their faith into action. Volunteers give support to people in their community, meeting them person to person and trying to assist them in any way they can.

The St Vincent de Paul Society was founded in France by a 19 year old university student called Frederic Ozanam and the Society still maintains strong associations with young people today through its youth programme, of which Youth SVP is one aspect. Youth SVP is designed for 11-18 year olds and can operate in schools or parishes.

Groups, called Conferences in the Vincentian tradition, meet weekly for fellowship, reflection and discussion and volunteer in their local communities, helping those in need in a variety of ways.