St Vincents

Telephone: 0113 248 4126
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I have furniture that I would like to donate, what should I do?

To donate furniture that you would like to have collected from you, you should call St Jude’s Furniture Store on 0113 245 0800.

We sell furniture in our charity shop, but we do not have vans and cannot collect items of furniture.
The SVP Depot in Leeds is St Jude’s. They have vans and distribute furniture and items to all the SVP charity shops around Leeds including the St Vincent’s Support Centre charity shop on York Road. They also give furniture on referral to people in need.

If I make a donation to St Vincent’s where will my money actually go?

For every £1 donated to St Vincent’s, 91p goes towards maintaining, running and developing the Support Centre and its life changing services. 9p is used to generate the next £1.

I need help/I know someone who needs help, what should I do?

St Vincent’s here to help and we aim to give you a hand up and the support needed to overcome a crisis or problem.
• Food parcels: require a referral from an agency they are working with, this could be a support worker, advice agency, social worker etc.
• Call for an appointment with a member of our debt-advice team.
• Counselling: call or email for a self-referral form.
• Classes: enrol at the start of each term, dates are online, or call to find out the next enrolment.
• Migrant support and signposting is available every Thursday 10.00-12.30.
• Work Club offers job search, CV and interview advice and support and the opportunity to use computers and access help with the Universal Job match system. This is every Wednesday from 2.00 to 4.00.

How can I get involved?

There are lots of ways to get involved and make a difference depending on what you enjoy doing and how much time you are able to give.
• You could volunteer at St Vincent’s; there are roles available across the centre, from helping in the charity shop to teaching ESOL. Check online at do-it.org to see what is available.
• Fundraising is great fun and a brilliant way to support St Vincent’s while doing something you enjoy and bringing your community closer together.
• You could join one of St Vincent’s events, click here to have a look.
• The St Vincent’s food parcel service and charity shop rely on donations, if you can spare tinned food (vegetables and tinned meat always go very quickly!) or have any good quality used clothes or household good, please bring them in.
• If you would like to find out more, call 0113 248 4126 or come along to St Vincent’s and have a chat about ways to get involved.

How can children get involved with St Vincent’s?

Many of our events are family friendly and great opportunities for children to get involved.
• The annual sponsored walk in September is ideal for children with games and activities along the way. The walk is wheelchair and pushchair friendly so everyone can take part.
• Schools, groups and clubs for children and young people can get involved with fundraising for the centre and learning about poverty in their local area through talks from a member of the St Vincent’s team. If your local school is interested, ask them to get in touch.

What is ESOL?

ESOL stands for ‘English for Speakers of Other Languages’. St Vincent’s offers classes teaching people, whose first language is not English, to read, write and speak English.

Is it free to come to class? How can I enrol on a class? Do I need to bring any ID or other papers?

All classes are free to attend if you are not in work. To keep all our services free, if you work full time we ask that you make a donation of £30 for each term of classes and £15 for each term if you work part time.
To enrol in a class you need to come along to St Vincent’s on the enrolment dates and complete a form. Our next enrolment dates are on 4th & 5th January between 10am-2pm.
You don’t need to bring ID or any papers with you. You are welcome to attend as many classes as you like during the term when you have enrolled.

For additional details please call 0113 248 4126.

Where are you based?

St Vincent’s can be found at Curtis Building, 4 Berking Avenue, Leeds, LS9 9LF – Off York Road (exit  by the Leeds Irish Centre) and next door to the Gary Don Auctioneers & Valuers.

How do I apply to be a volunteer?

St Vincent’s relies on volunteers, at any time we have between 50 and 60 volunteers supporting the different services. Click here for more information and to see what roles are available.

Do you have to be Catholic or Christian in order to get help or access services?

We are a non-judgemental organisation and we never discriminate on any grounds. We are open to everyone who needs our help.
We work with and support people of all faiths or none. Staff and volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and are brought together by a wish to help people and fight poverty in the Leeds area.

How is St Vincent’s Support Centre linked to the SVP?

St Vincent’s Support Centre is a community project of the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to anyone in need without discrimination.
St Vincent’s is self-funded, and raises money to maintain and develop services in Leeds. We work alongside other SVP projects and the SVP membership groups called Conferences to reach as many people in need as possible.

Is St Vincent’s funded by the church?

The SVP is a “lay” organization, meaning it is associated with the Catholic Church but not part of it.
We are delighted to have the kind support of many SVP Conferences, Catholic churches and schools within the Leeds Diocese, but we do not receive any funding from the church.
St Vincent’s Support Centre funds itself and relies on voluntary donations from supporters, including regular donations, event sponsorship and gifts in wills.