Our Lady’s Youth SVP Group
What is ‘Youth SVP’?
Youth SVP is a voluntary Christian organisation where you volunteer to offer one-to-one help and support to people in need in the local community. The SVP was founded in 1833 in Paris by a 19 year old student called Frederic Ozanam and his university friends, named after St Vincent De Paul. The aim of the group was to use their Christian values and principles to actively serve people in their community.
Youth SVP members use their voices and abilities to engage in their communities and take part in social action. Through voluntary work, Youth SVP members not only make a positive difference, but learn new skills, build lasting friendships and develop their faith.
How do we make a difference?
Today at Our Lady’s we are following the example Frederic Ozanam, and the teachings of Jesus to help those in our community who need our help. Members have taken part in an initiative to promote the importance of caring for our environment, particularly in our community by making our local parks and streets clean of litter, having a positive impact on our environment and putting our faith into action.
As a group the Youth SVP feel very passionately about helping the homeless and disadvantaged in our community. To demonstrate ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ members collect items to donate to Cornerstone’s where they would be distributed to those in need around the Manchester area.
The Youth SVP make a huge difference to the lives of those around us demonstrating our school Mission Statement: “To Know, Love and Serve God"
What do our Youth SVP members think?
- “To me, the SVP group is important because the activities we do can help to create a better and more united community” Lami Olagunju
- “I am so lucky to be part of the SVP group because it is giving me the opportunity to live out Jesus’ teachings about kindness and allow us to live as God’s people” Grace O’Reilly
- “Kindness is an important part of my religion, the SVP allows me to put this into action” Alanah Meredith Palisoc
- “Our favourite part of being involved in the SVP is fulfilling God’s will through helping the community we live in to thrive” Brielle Djeukam
Who can join?
The Youth SVP group is open to anyone in years 7-9. If you would like to make a difference in our community, please see Mrs Scoular.