Community Formation Project

One of the partnerships which the Centre for the Art of Dying Well has established is with the St Vincent de Paul Society to train their members to become end of life companions for hospital, hospice, care home and parish settings (and there is an associated practitioners conference, evaluation and academic papers which sit alongside the training programme).  The SVP is putting on a series of online taster sessions for
parishioners who are thinking of getting involved in their local community and as you can see, one of those taster sessions is in end of life companionship.

Do you feel called to reach out to people in need in your community?

For nearly two centuries the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) has been seeking and finding those in need and responding in love. Today, the SVP in England and Wales represents almost 10,000 members across around 1,000 groups. It is rare for one corner of the SVP to encounter a need which has not also been seen and responded to by our members.

Join the movement

This autumn, you can take part in a range of free online taster sessions, including: ‘community formation’, ‘support with fuel poverty’, ‘end of life companionship’, ’offender care’, ‘care for young families’, and ‘support for refugees and migrants’.

To discover more: or email your interest to

If you are aware of a need, please contact us at