Welcome to Trinity VDP

About us

Trinity VDP is a college society in Trinity College Dublin, serving as the Trinity Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

We are currently the largest society in Trinity and Ireland's largest student charity organisation, as well as being the most active Vincent de Paul conference in the country!

On a weekly basis we serve our local community with nearly 40 different activities ranging from afterschool clubs in art, drama, music, & sport, to evening social clubs for the elderly and for adults with additional support needs, to street outreach programmes providing food, clothing, and social interaction to people living on the streets of Dublin city.

In addition to our hands-on activities supporting others, we also organise society fundraising events, social events, and weekends away that are always so much fun and help bring our volunteers together. Volunteers are the heart of VDP you keep the society alive!

Getting involved

We are FREE to join for all students and members of faculty in Trinity College, and we love bringing new volunteers on board!

Have a look at our step-by-step guide to starting volunteering with VDP, and visit our activities page to see what you can help with!

We are committed to being as accessible as possible, so please get in touch if there's anything we can do to help you help others!

Why join Trinity VDP?

Our society is all about helping others, promoting equality, and fostering a sense of community.

Being based in Dublin city centre grants us the unique opportunity to help address many of the social issues that are prevalent in the area and, in so doing, work towards reaching these objectives.

As Ireland’s largest student charity organisation, we are very fortunate to have a huge base of passionate, caring, and welcoming volunteers, who do amazing work in organising our nearly 40 weekly activities.

Between working with children, the elderly, adults with additional support needs, people experiencing homelessness, and fellow volunteers, there’s something for everyone to get involved with in Trinity VDP!

To be in a position to give to others is truly a special gift, and in volunteering with VDP you quickly discover the incredibly magical, rewarding, perspective-changing experience that comes with using this gift.

In addition to our hands-on activities supporting others, we also organise society fundraising events, social events, and weekends away, which are always so enjoyable and so much fun, and help bring our volunteers together, building upon the wonderful community we have in VDP.

No matter what apprehensions you may have about getting involved in volunteering, getting involved in a college society, or even just meeting new people, I can promise that you have nothing to fear about joining VDP- you’d be hard-pressed to find a friendlier and more accepting bunch of people!

So please, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and get involved- it might just be the best decision you’ll ever make!

- Conall Keane, Trinity VDP President 2019/20