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The St Vincent de Paul Society's 40,000 members and volunteers work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 148 countries and has over 950,000 members. Members of the Society are people who live out their faith in action by visiting people in their homes to provide support, friendship and material assistance. This practice is known as home visitation, and is carried out by local St Vincent de Paul Society conferences. Conferences are typically Parish or school based groups of people who respond to calls for assistance from people in the local community and work closely with the Society's Vinnies Centres.

People who are being assisted by conference members are often provided with furniture, clothing and household goods free of charge through the Society's Vinnies Centres. Centres also offer affordable clothing and goods to the wider community. The profit from the sale of stock from the Vinnies Centres is used to provide resources and support to people in need.

For over 150 years, home visitation has been the core work of the Society. By visiting people in their homes, the St Vincent de Paul Society aims to help men, women and families to break their cycle of poverty and disadvantage.

The Society in Australia
The first Australian conference was founded in Victoria by Fr Gerald Ward at St Francis' Church, Melbourne on 5 March 1854, just 21 years after the founding of the first conference in Paris.

Inaugural conferences were established in Australian States as follows:

 

Victoria 5 March 1854
Western Australia 8 December 1865
New South Wales 24 July 1881
South Australia April 1884
Queensland 18 February 1894
Canberra/Goulburn 29 December 1895
Tasmania 12 July 1899
Northern Territory 27 September 1949

 


In Queensland

The St Vincent de Paul Society has been helping Queenslanders in need since 1894.

Everyday, the Society's 7,500 members and volunteers help those who are struggling to take control of their lives whilst restoring their dignity; providing a hand up, not just a hand out.

Last year, the Society in Queensland supported almost 370,500 people in need and provided approximately $14 million in financial assistance to those in need.

The Society differs from most charitable organisations in that our members, known as Vincentians, and volunteers are the core of our work.

In Queensland, we have 217 Parish Conferences (local branches) within our eight Diocese, or regions.

The members and volunteers are supported by some staff; however costs are kept to a minimum, meaning more money goes directly to those who are requiring the Society's assistance.

The Society's assistance is only possible by the generosity and compassion of our supporters. Together we can make a difference to many lives.

Without our members and volunteers, and without your generous donations, our services and assistance would not be possible.

To further enquire please contact the State Administration office on (07) 3010 1000

We thank you for your generous support.
 

 

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