The Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice

The ethos of the VPSJ, which is a faith based NGO, is rooted in:

  • The call of the Gospels “that all may have life and have it to the full” (John 10.10)
  • Belief in the dignity and potential of every human being
  • Commitment to working with people experiencing social and economic exclusion in order to bring about the change necessary for a more just and inclusive Ireland


To achieve its goal of working for social and economic change the VPSJ uses four main approaches:

Active Citizenship/Voter Education

The facilitation of the Active Citizenship/Voter Education Programme which encourages people who have lost confidence in the democratic electoral system to recognise their vote as a voice for social and economic change. Read more »

Development of Minimum Essential Budget Standards

Engagement in research on the expenditure and income needed for a minimum essential standard of living of all; which produces facts and figures on the standard of living which members of the public have agreed is the minimum below which no one should be expected to live. Read more »


Networking with individuals and groups which share the values and goals of the VPSJ. Read more »


By providing data which reflects current social and economic reality and which is used by different organisations – Government, Statutory Agencies and NGOs in their work. Read more »

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So why should we heed Francis’ call and be missionary disciples despite our lack of “professional credentials?” Most poignantly, we must do this because our faith isn’t simply a possession to be held, but a gift to be shared. The words missionary and evangelization may have negative connotations for some today, but we must give it a second look. Evangelization is not about bragging about one’s holiness. It’s not about coercing others to take on our politics. It’s not even about converting anyone. At its very core, missionary discipleship is about sharing the Gospel, which literally means “good news.” And our world is in such desperate need of good news.

Transforming Catholic Social Teaching from Mere Platitudes into “A Revolution of Tenderness” by Christopher Hale -  Education for Justice 

Latest News

  • The VPSJ has started the focus group work for a new project A Minimum Essential Standard of Living for a single adult with a visual impairment.
  • The VPSJ attended the Social Inclusion Forum.

MEBS Research

Working Family Payment

Issued: March 2017

Working Family Payment This submission brings together relevant evidence from VPSJ’s recent MESL research, to inform the design of a Working Family Payment. The observations made in this submission are based on the …

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March April 2017: Sustainable Development Goals and Ireland

Issued: April 2017


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Important Dates

April 2017

  • 7th   World Health Day

  • 22nd   International Mother Earth Day