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23 January 2014 | by Christopher Lamb

SVP rewarded by Prime Minister

A leading Catholic poverty charity this week named for the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award has reported a marked increase in demand for its services, writes Christopher Lamb.David Cameron described the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), which helps the poor and disadvantaged through visits and practical assistance, as being able to “turn concern into action”. He also praised the large number of volunteers the society has, which currently stands at around 10,000. Last year, the SVP made 500,000 visits to 90,000 people, including the elderly, homeless and refugees. The visits are undertaken regardless of the individuals’ religion. The SVP works through 1,000 local groups across the country, and along with visits provides debt advice and runs over 40 shops in disadv


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