The Society of St Vincent de Paul is active in every community in Galway city and county and is available, on a strictly confidential basis, to anyone feeling they need help for any reason, according to Seamus McManus, SVP Galway Area President.
The Society’s volunteers (and they would welcome new members ) offer support and friendship to anybody having difficulty dealing with the assorted challenges life throws at us; trying to meet bills, pay for education, deal with illness, support family members, address mental health problems, family breakdown, addiction issues, loneliness and so on.
“In addition to home visits by volunteers, the SVP Resource Centre in Croí na Gaillimhe, Mill St is open every day for services to vulnerable individuals and groups in the form of lunch clubs, homework clubs, intergenerational activities, language classes etc and offers a great social hub in the middle of the city,” he said.
“This year, like last year, continues to be difficult due to rising food prices and high energy costs, increased interest rates and inflation. We hope that you, the members of the community here in Galway will once again rise to the challenge and give what you can to help those of our fellow citizens who badly need support this winter. We promise that our volunteers will do their very best to see your donation is well spent.
“The Society wishes to assure people feeling anxious and alone that there is hope. Due to the continuing generosity of many people and many businesses, the people supporting our shops, and to fundraising students in the University and in some Secondary Schools, we can help,” he added.
Thanks to everyone - fundraisers, donors, members, volunteers, and staff – for the support you give to your community through SVP; your efforts make a real difference to many families throughout the year but especially at Christmas
How to help - Ways to donate to SVP Galway:
Online: www.svp.ie and nominate ‘Galway’
By phone: 0818 176 176 and nominate ‘Galway’
By post: to SVP, West Region, Ozanam House, St Augustine’s St, Galway, cheques made payable to Society of St. Vincent de Paul Galway Area
Blue envelopes: Keep an eye out for special blue envelopes that will be in newspapers, churches and delivered to homes throughout the country