Call for a million gestures of kindness

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is calling for more volunteers to help tackle poverty

Launching its Awareness Month campaign, the SVP is seeking “a million gestures of kindness” to address the trail of poverty and loneliness left in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The campaign, which runs throughout September, also celebrates the extraordinary work of its members and volunteers over the past 18 months to reduce suffering and alleviate poverty.

SVP president, Helen O’Shea, said: “The problems facing the country are immense.

“Increasing poverty, the agonising sense of isolation and anxiety over infection are issues which have become constant companions in our lives.

“It’s obvious there isn’t one solution to the situation, nor a series of ‘fixes’, but there are things we can all do to help our neighbours, friends, family, or perfect strangers.”

Helen explained that acts of kindness may be “seemingly insignificant”. They may be simple every days things like chatting to an older person, collecting shopping or medication, or just phoning to say, “Hello”.

She said: “It’s through a million gestures of kindness like these that we can start to address the enormity of the mountain we must all climb.”

Awareness Month also seeks to shine a light on the SVP’s campaigning work at national and governmental levels to address the causes of poverty and deprivation.

For further information on the SVP’s Awareness Month campaign or to donate, please visit or call 0207 703 3030.

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