Each day across Australia, Members of the St Vincent de Paul Society visit people in their homes, providing support, assistance, and companionship to people in need. This allows the Society to provide holistic support and to walk alongside the people they assist during what is for many, the most difficult time of their lives. Members provide a range of material and financial support such as food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, assistance with utility and phone bills, costs associated with getting back into the workforce and back to school costs. Members can help people to budget more effectively, they make referrals to other services and they undertake critical advocacy work.

Members, come from diverse backgrounds, experiences and beliefs, and bring a great depth of understanding, expertise and compassion to their service. They are an integral part of the communities in which they live and work.

“No work of charity is foreign to the Society”

Members meet regularly to share their experiences, reflect on their service, and monitor and discuss local needs. The Society’s founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, believed strongly that for each act of service to be a true expression of faith and love, members must come together in prayer, to explore and grow their personal and Vincentian spirituality.

“The poor have much to teach you. You have much to learn from them.” – St Vincent de Paul

There are between 300 and 400 Conferences in NSW at any given time, each with its own Conference President. Conference Presidents come together to form Regional Councils and Regional Council Presidents come together to form Central Councils. Each Central Council President is a Member of the NSW State Council.

Central Councils

Information related specifically to each of the ten Central Councils in NSW can be found by clicking on the link below.


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