St. Vincent de Paul
RC Church
OL12 7QL

Parish Priest :
Father James Manock.

01706 645361

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The SVP conference at Saint Vincent's are actively involved with our beneficiaries. If you or anyone you know would like any kind of help please contact Elizabeth Ramsden on 0756 418 7903 or email



"Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity."
St Vincent de Paul.
Founded in 1833 by Blessed Frederic Ozanam, the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is a Christ-centred voluntary organisation.
Charity is the cement which binds Communities to God and persons to one another
St Vincent de Paul

The focus of our work at the SVP is visiting and befriending people living in isolation and poverty. The people we visit could be refugees, the elderly, the homeless, people staying in hospitals or care homes, people with mental health issues or offenders.

What we do in Numbers.
Last year almost 10,000 members visited over 80,000 beneficiaries.
Over 28,000 of the people we visited were the elderly in their own homes.
Across the Society members have made over 430,000 visits.
If you would like to know more about the SVP or if you are interested in joining the Society, please get in touch with Elizabeth Ramsden 01706 658100. You will be most welcome!

ANNUAL REPORT for 2018/19 is available for download
Here are a few statistics highlighting the work of our conferences.
.  Last year over 9,500 members helped 75,000 beneficiaries
.  45% of the people we visited were elderly in their own homes
.  The Society made over 470,000 visits
.  Material and practical assistance was offered to over 88,000 people and familiestherwise known as the SVP has a strong presence in the Parish. It is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need with no test of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender.

We are always in need of your support

  • Lets us know of anyone, who might welcome a regular visit or assistance.
  • Consider joining us.
  • Support us with donations of food, clothing or money.

Please scroll down for more info.




All those who came along on 8th January last seemed to enjoy our party for the retired members of our Parish and for those we visit.


We had 2 musical groups and many helpers to whom we are very grateful.












Ged Collins and his drummer, John Kirby, are both members of Manchester North & Middleton Catenians and do a great deal of voluntary fundraising for charities


















 Sudan Christmas Baby Feeding Appeal A big Thank You to everyone who supported the appeal. The Mini Vinnies raised £181.50, from the sale of 'stuffed SVP owls' at the Christmas Fair, and the total, with the Parish, was £349.80. The SVP has sent a cheque to the Project for £500. The cost of feeding milk to one child is £1 per week, so, your donation will help many children. Please see certificate on Notice Board

Sadly we have had to close the St. Vincent's Store on Mayfield Parade, Albert Royd Road, Rochdale. The numbers of customers were just not enough to ensure its viability. If anyone can suggest a suitable location, please get in touch.

The mums at Gabriel Court, and no doubt babies too, are most grateful for the baby clothes they have received from St. Vincent’s. This is a residential unit for mothers and their babies under 1 year in Rochdale, (St. Vincent Housing).
If you have any baby clothing (up to 1 year), which you would like to donate, please contact Liz Ramsden, 
tel 658100, who visits the unit, or leave them in church or at the presbytery and Liz will collect them.

To find out more about the St Vincent de Paul Society go to

The collection and delivery of your kind contributions to the Rochdale Foodbank is another strand of the work of the SVP. Thanks to your great support we are one of the largest contributing Parishes in Rochdale. However there is such a great need that we do need to maintain or even increase our support for those in need.

If you can help, why not add some items to your weekly shop and drop it in the box in the narthex or direct to the Foodbank on South Parade (11.00 to 12.50pm Mon to Friday). You can download a copy of our regular 'Shopping List' or view it on the notice board by way of reminder of the other staples that we would welcome.

How Does the Foodbank work?

We contribute about 100 non-perishable, in-date food items on average every week. Other churches, schools, businesses and individuals also donate to the foodbank. Many donations are received though ‘Supermarket Collections'. These collections engage the public at supermarkets where they are met by volunteers who give them a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item with their shop, which is then donated to the foodbank.

Donations are sorted by volunteers who check it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need.
Vouchers are issued by care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureau staff, welfare officers, the police and probation officers amongst others identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.

Foodbank clients bring their voucher to our local foodbank centre at 8 South Parade, Rochdale (Open Monday to Friday: 11am - 12.50pm Telephone 01706 703701) where it can be exchanged for three days supply of emergency food. Much more than that, volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.
Some please contribute what you can. The level of deprivation is such that the Trussel Trust supported Foodbanks issued emergency 3 day food supplies to just under 1.1Million people in the 12 months to April 2015.



The St Vincent de Paul Society (or as it is often known - the SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender.

The Society is a lay organisation initially formed in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and his companions, and active in England & Wales since 1844.
Placed under the Patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and works - See more on this LINK

Loneliness, especially among the elderly is growing, so members spend a lot of time visiting housebound people to prevent them from feeling isolated. Many appreciate a friendly face and enjoy a chat over a cup of tea, knowing that someone cares. Support may extend to doing shopping, decorating, gardening, filling in official forms and ensuring they are receiving their statutory benefits.

We have an active Parish Conference in the Parish; Liz Ramsden (Tel : 658100) has just taken over as President from John Colligan While we are a very active group we do ask for your help in any or all of 3 ways.

  1. We have recently welcomed more new members. We therefore have the capacity to visit even more people in their own homes and in nursing / residential accommodation. Please let us know anyone living alone or housebound or in a home, who might welcome a visit from the SVP. We aim to be a friendly visitor offering companionship and a listening ear. We promise to do what we can.
  2. Why not consider joining us? There are many infirm and lonely, who would welcome an occasional visit and, in truth, we often come away feeling they have done more for us than we for them.
  3. At least please support us with your donations. We are always in need of funds and even more so this year when we have had to curtail some activities for that very reason. If you are able to contribute, we have a collection box in Church. We would be helped even more if you are able to Gift Aid any donation. Please contact Liz Ramsden on 658100 for a Gift Aid envelope or contribute through the Society website page, which gives details of the many ways you might contribute.