The aim of the Maynooth Students' SVP - St Vincent de Paul Society conference is to tackle poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need. The concept of need is broader than financial hardship. Therefore at Maynooth visiting and engaging with those in need plays a huge part of the society. There is a huge social element at the heart of this conference that makes it both enjoyable and hugely addictive. Maynooth Students' SVP is relaxed, easy-going and flexible to suit the student and the student can get involved as much or as little as they like. Some of the activities run are the weekly soup runs to the homeless of Dublin, local nursing home visits, homework clubs, flat decorating, training and courses. The society offers the opportunity to volunteer over the summer with Ozanam House, Sunshine House, and Teenhols who run day camps and holiday camps for disadvantaged children and teenagers throughout the summer. There are also social and fundraising events such as the extremely popular Fr Ted Themed Lovely Girls Competition, Santa’s Grotto, nights out, weekends away, BBQ’s, pub crawls, sleep outs, cake sales, quizzes, debates, guest speakers, charity ball, fun runs, slave auctions, guest speakers, 5 a- sides, the PJ party and teaming up with the other University SVP Conferences throughout the year.