The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Western Australia is made up of many small, parish based groups of men and women who are members of the Society. These groups are called conferences. The members of these conferences are known as Vincentians and they deliver the Society's core work which is to assist people in their homes through Home Visitations.
The St Vincent de Paul Society strives to assist people in need by offering them a hand up, not a handout, and through the Home Visitation Program, the Society seeks to foster an atmosphere of dignity, trust and respect. Conference members make visits to people's homes in pairs to talk through their situations, they are able to offer assistance with food, material aid, budget advice, utility bills and advocacy issues, as well as offering friendship and support to people who are in need of help.
The Ocean Reef Conference is very active and is made up of a dedicated group of Vincentians who share a desire to give of themselves, to deepen their relationship with God, and to make a meaningful difference to the lives of others. Members meet regularly to reflect on the service they provide and explore how this enriches their faith journey.
Activities unertaken recently have included a very popular and successful Christmas party for senior community members, a Christmas 'wishing tree' that was placed in the foyer of the Church where people could leave gifts to be given to people in need at Christmas time, and the collation and delivery of 110 Christmas hampers containing food and gifts for families in need in the lead up to Christmas. Activitives such as these make a real difference to the lives of people who may not otherwise be able to provide the basics for their families over Christmas, let alone the extras that many take for granted.
The Ocean Reef Conference is always in need of food that they can give to families during their home visits and is appreciative of any items of non perishable food that parish members are able to donate. The conference is also looking for new members. Two long serving Vincentians retired over the Christmas period which has left a gap in the Conference that they would love to have filled to help ensure that every request for assistance is able to be answered.
Members receive support and encouragement from fellow Vincentians and receive training that allows them to approach situations confidently, without judgement, and with a willingness to share and listen. Anyone wanting more inforation about becoming a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society can contact the Head Office on 9475 5400.