of the
Good Shepherd
SVP Activities 2017
Our group, or Conference has 15 full members. We have 35 people on our visiting list including those who live independently and those in care homes. All our members have current DBS certificates which are overseen by the Parish Safeguarding Officer. We visit in pairs and the visits are rotated so that over time we all get to see everyone on the visiting list, many of whom live alone and are elderly. We get to know them and they get to know us. Where necessary we will undertake tasks such as shopping, giving lifts to Mass and doctors and hospital appointments.
Support is provided to a family who are in the process of applying for British citizenship. We have helped out a disable lady with a severely autistic, non verbal adult son who was evicted by a private landlord and rehoused by the local authority. Financial support was provided to enable her to purchase a cooker and floor covering. Assistance was also provided with the actual move of furniture.
Collection and transport of clothing and foodstuffs for Emmanuel House is organised on a monthly basis within the Parish. A coffee morning takes place on the third Sunday of the month after the 10.00 Mass. All the proceeds go towards the cost of running the Summer holiday camps for under privileged children from across the Diocese. The SVP owns a site at Mablethorpe which has dormitories, kitchen, dining facilities and shower block, all of which need to be maintained and to comply with the relevant statutory requirements.
A monthly ecumenical service is arranged at a care home within our Parish and we are arranging Christmas services at 2 other establishments.
A record is kept of the birthday of all of those we visit and they each receive a card on the due date.
One of our members regularly helps out at a soup kitchen, another attends the weekly Mass at Nottingham Prison and has also mentored a discharged prisoner.
We are twinned with SVP Conferences in India and Sudan with whom we exchange correspondence. We also provide some financial support.
Recently we have been in a position to give financial assistance to a neighbouring Conference in order that a homeless family could furnish the property they were allocated.
At our fortnightly meeting we hold a secret collection among the members. We are very kindly granted a 2nd collection at all Masses once a year. This coincides with our annual pulpit appeal for new members and this year we have 4 potential new members going through the recruitment process. From time to time we also receive individual donations from Parishioners.
Part of our income has recently been used to purchase 50 bags containing sleeping bags, clothing and toiletries for homeless persons to be distributed across the city. It was also possible for us to provide some financial assistance towards the cost of some Christ the King pupils taking part in the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes to assist disabled persons.
There are 2 social events organised each year for those we visit. A tea party is held in the Summer and there is a Christmas lunch, both of which take place in our Parish Social Centre. Where required transport is provided to and from the venue. The Christmas event comprises a 3 course lunch, cooked on the premises, followed by coffee and mince pies. Musical entertainment, including communal singing of carols features. There is a free raffle and each guest is provided with a present from Santa. 6th form pupils from Christ the King very kindly give their time to wait on at the tables.
Our final task of the calendar year is to receive the food parcels which have been so generously donated by the families of pupils and also the staff of the school. We liaise with other Conferences across the city to ensure that the contents are distributed to those in need.
3 Thackeray's Lane, Woodthorpe, Nottingham, NG5 4HT. Tel: (0115) 926 8288