The Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice was established in 1995 as a Vincentian initiative for social and economic change – tackling poverty and exclusion. The Partnership consists of: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Vincentian Fathers, Daughters of Charity and the Sisters of the Holy Faith.
What makes the Partnership distinctive is the Vincentian focus on working with rather than for people, who experience poverty and injustice. To achieve its goal, the Vincentian partnership uses two approaches. The first of these is the facilitation of an Active Citizenship Voter Education Programme with communities in disadvantaged areas, who believe their voice is never heard and who do not see any point in voting. As a result, their needs and rights can be ignored by decision makers, including politicians. The second approach is providing facts and figures on the cost of a Minimum Essential Standard of Living.
This is a standard below which nobody should be expected to live. These facts and figures act as a guideline for Social Welfare payments and the National Minimum Wage. This information on a dignified standard of living is being increasingly used by organisations who are working for the eradication of poverty.
Their vision of a just society is one in which the dignity and potential of every person is respected. It is also one in which all have an adequate income and equal access to services such as: health, education, and housing. Additionally it is a society in which all cultures are respected, the environment is promoted, and all participate in decision making.