Conferences are groups of members who assist people in a number of ways including providing people with referral information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs. This is a core work of the Society. Some Conferences however choose to have a specific purpose such as providing company and support to isolated people in their community, providing English lessons and friendship to new migrants, or having a sole focus on fundraising and advocacy work.

There are general Conferences as well as young adults Conferences. Most young adult Conferences meet once a month and, whilst members are often engaged in a variety of activities, there is usually one special work (such as planning recreational activities for children experiencing disadvantage, planning advocacy campaigns, etc) that the conference will work on as its focus. These Conferences are groups of vibrant and talented young people, generally aged between 18 and 35, who meet regularly to plan activities, help others, and support each other in the work they do. In addition to the works planned within the Conference, meetings offer an opportunity to learn about opportunities to get involved in wider St Vincent de Paul Society activities such as state-wide and national programs, campaigns, talks, social events and more.

Check the contact us section to see where your nearest office is and get in touch to see what Conferences operate in your area and how you can get involved.