National Recovery Appeal 2020


COVID-19 disrupted the nation, causing a 400% rise in requests for help. Vinnies continue to respond as a stable support service throughout these uncertain times. There is still work to be done, but we need your help.

For information on our Covid-19 response please click here. 

We have a long and proud history of helping people in need in New Zealand. In the 150 years since the Society has been in New Zealand it has given practical assistance to thousands of people.

Young people are not only the future, they are part of its present. They are dedicated young people who work for social justice and want to make a difference in the world.

There are 135 Conferences in every region of New Zealand. Members assist those in need. No work of Charity is foreign to the Society.

St Vincent de Paul Centres and Shops aid the most vulnerable in the community. Members and volunteers assist to alleviate suffering and promote human dignity and personal integrity in all their dimensions.

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Important news from the Council General and SSVP

The President General, brother Renato Lima, urges you to read the following published articles containing very recent and important news about the Council General and the SSVP in general. 1.Read more

Vincentians recognised as community heroes

Two Vincentians are among those recognised for outstanding community service in the 2020 New Plymouth District Council’s Citizens Awards. Mavis Bridgeman is a member of the St Joseph’s ConferencRead more

Caring in action - the furniture moving army of SVDP New Plymouth

It’s a cold, grey damp day in New Plymouth and members of 'Dad’s Army' (that’s what they call themselves) are huddled over a 'battle plan' on top of a tea trolley in the shed down at StRead more

Caring in action - a community meal

Every Tuesday evening in the hall under St Joseph’s church in New Plymouth, the St Vincent de Paul Society in New Plymouth serves a delicious three-course meal to anyone in need of a nutritious meRead more

The Council General Celebrates 4 years in Office

Council General International On 9 September, fellow member Renato Lima de Oliveira and his team will be celebrating four years in office leading the Council General International. During thisRead more

Coronavirus, in between Lockdown and Service

My dear brothers and sisters, I would like to share two thoughts with you. Firstly, much of humanity still suffers from the coronavirus pandemic. We must work to ensure that this pandemic does notRead more

The Virtual 2020 General Assembly to be Held in Two Sessions: October and December

Council General International For the first time in the history of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Annual Assembly will be virtually held (originally scheduled to be held in Nairobi lastRead more

Christchurch SVDP Stories

Young Vinnies in Christchurch have kept our presence strong over the past few months. During the Covid-19 lockdown we released several well-being worksheets for our students and continued an activeRead more

On August 14, we celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Amélie Soulacroix Ozanam

Article by Council General International On August 14th, we mark the bicentenary of the birth of Amélie Soulacroix Ozanam, beloved wife of Antoine-Frédéric Ozanam and a  central person for gettRead more

New COVID-19 Alert Level Status

All regions in New Zealand, except for the Auckland region, will move to Alert Level 2 at 12 noon on Wednesday 12th August 2020. Auckland region will move to Alert Level 3. Effective midday todayRead more

Collaboration the key to supporting people

Covid-19 has shown how a targeted, collaborative approach can inspire members and clients alike.   With the onset of Level 4 lockdown in March, our Conference used existing client lists, parishRead more

The SSVP Celebrates the CGI’s 181st Anniversary

Originally published 10/07/2020 by Council General InternationalRead more

Picton Holiday Home

The St Joseph Conference in Picton have a holiday home that is made available to be used by families in need. The cost is $50 per night or $350 per week. More details are available on application.

For bookings please phone Maria McConway
027 353 6756  or  (03) 573 7111