The St Vincent de Paul Society’s members and volunteers provide practical support, advocacy and friendship to the most vulnerable in our community. The majority of assistance provided by the Society is through local groups, known as conferences, our soup van services and Vinnies Shops. However the Society also provides assistance to asylum seekers and refugees seeking to rebuild their lives in a new country, as well as supporting individuals and communities in developing countries. The St Vincent de Paul Society is one of the most well recognised and highly regarded charitable organisations in Australia. The Society’s members, volunteers and employees reach out and serve the most vulnerable in our community through: Visiting people in their homes to offer support and assistance Supporting and encouraging young people in schools, universities and youth conferences to be active in assisting people in need in their local communities. Soup Vans, offering meals, friendship and referral services to people living on the streets or in unstable accommodation. Providing a range of services to support and assist refugees to rebuild their lives and establish a home in their new country. Providing support to people in developing countries, fostering links and cultural exchange. Providing quality clothing, furniture and household goods to people in need who are being supported by their local conference. Assisting students from a wide range of backgrounds and ethnic groups to embrace and develop their educational experience through reading and tutoring programs. Providing a range of professional accommodation and support services to people that are facing disadvantage and those that are ageing throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria.