St Vincent de Paul Society

About the Hawthorn Conference

The Hawthorn Parish Conference provides assistance for people in need of food, clothing, household items, furniture.


The Conference is also involved in the Vinnies Shop at 254 Auburn Road, Hawthorn.  The donation of items for the shop is always welcome and a pick-up service operates when necessary. 


Members of the Parish conference visit the needy and lonely in their homes and also offer support for the unemployed.

St Vincent de Paul 2022 Winter Appeal - Thank you

The Hawthorn Winter Appeal has again received substantial and generous support from the Hawthorn parishioners. As a consequence of these donations, the Hawthorn Conference will be able to continue to assist the needy in Hawthorn and the Inner City, as well as the six conferences in the 3rd World with which we are twinned. If you haven’t yet donated and wish to do so, please visit our donation page

St Vincent de Paul Hawthorn Conference news 
At the 2022 Camberwell Regional Council festival Mass, held recently at St Joseph’s Malvern, three Hawthorn Conference members were presented with service medals: Maree 10 years, Robert 20 years and Kevin 40 years - Congratulations to these members!


To Request assistance

Contact St Vincent de Paul - Box Hill call centre

Tel  1800 305 330

Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm

To enquire about the Hawthorn Conference or ask about joining our Volunteer members

Peter W (Conference President)


Peter McD (Conference Treasurer)

Tel 8862 4000 (Parish Office)


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What activities require volunteer assistance?

  • Home visitation

  • Delivery of food and clothing

  • Shop volunteers

  • Collection of donations

  • Work for the unemployed

  • Other areas of need as they arise - see in the weekly Parish Bulletin

  • Contributions in cash or kind are always welcome.

New members are always welcome to join our Conference!

The Hawthorn Conference of St Vincent de Paul Society holds its meeting at 7:00 pm on the 1st Monday each month (except January; Public Holidays moved to 2nd Monday), in the Immaculate Conception Church Presbytery.


We would like to encourage prospective new members and people wanting to participate in our visitation program to join us. 

Vinnies Store Hawthorn
SVDP meeting 2019

After a busy year of assisting people in need in Hawthorn and Inner City area, St Vincent de Paul’s Hawthorn Conference held their last meeting for 2019

The Hawthorn Conference was established on March 1st, 1900 and is the third longest continuous conference in Victoria, having been active ever since establishment.


Founding President was V.E. (Eddie) Henderson, Tax Commissioner for Victoria at the time, who presided for 22 years.

read more here

Eddie Henderson and family

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia has more than 40,000 members and volunteers, who work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 150 countries and has over 800,000 members.


The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.

St Vincent de Paul Society Hawthorn


There are three categories of membership of the Society:

Conference members are those who belong to the grassroots groups within the Society known as conferences. They live their Catholic faith in action through the spirit of Christian charity.

Associate members are those who are committed to the ethos, mission, aims and objects of the Society and who assist the work of the Society, but do not attend conference meetings.

Volunteer members are those who respect the ethos, mission, aims and objects of the Society and who volunteer in any of the Society’s works.