St Vincent de Paul Society

Frenchs Forest Conference – St Vincent de Paul Society
Conference members meet between 7.30pm and 8.30pm every second Tuesday in the Parish Centre. The following are some of the activities of Conference members and auxiliaries. 

  • Visiting and assisting needy local clients, in their homes.
  • Making social calls to individuals and those in retirement villages.
  • Visiting patients in RNS Hospital and local aged care facilities.
  • Assisting at meal times, for a maximum of 2 hours, at Mathew Talbot Men's Hostel at Woollomooloo.
  • Fund raising activities, such as sausage sizzles, at Bunnings Stores.

(all the above are carried out in pairs or in small teams by mutual arrangement)

  • Assisting at the counter or hanging clothes at the Forestville Vinnies shop or at Brookvale and Chatswood retail outlets.
  • Interviewing clients at the Brookvale and Chatswood Centres and referring them to Conferences or other agencies for follow up.
  • Interviewing and assisting the homeless at the Maternal Heart Conference between 10am and 1pm at Redfern
  • Assisting the Redfern Task Force Conference either as part of an afternoon or evening Home Visitation team or at the Redfern Centre, for a couple of hours a week at a time convenient to the volunteer, entering calls and visit outcomes in a Database.
  • Making face to face or phone contact with clients recovering from mental health issues in a one to one 'friendship basis' – prior training provided in the Compeer Program.
  • Tutoring adults at the Ozanam Learning Centre Woolloomooloo in Living and Job Skills, Music, Recreation, Art and Health Promotion.
  • Mentoring youth between 13 & 24 in crisis situation. Youth Reach is a Care and Support Service situated in Brookvale.
  • Vinnies Youth  provide underprivileged,boys and girls between 6 and 12 with fun activities at weekends and holiday camps.
  • Mini Vinnies program are available in some schools.

                 For more information contact Barry Finch (President) 9452 2478