about us


We follow the 400 year tradition of St. Vincent de Paul in caring for the disadvantaged in our world.

VLM is a registered charity in the Republic of Ireland (CHY 17070) and is fully compliant with the Charities Regulatory Authority, where all of our details and accounts are up-to-date with the most recent guidelines. You can click here to view our 2015 accounts as submitted to the CRA:
VLM 2015 Audited Accounts Final

VLM is also a registered company with the Companies Registration Office:  Reg. No. 426535

The organisation is directed by a voluntary board of management and has one full-time staff member.

Our primary funding sources are the Vincentian Fathers in Ireland and public fundraising. All volunteers to overseas destinations are self-funded.

Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM) is a not-for-profit volunteer sending organisation. We work in partnership with the Vincentian Fathers and the Daughters of Charity to support their work with disadvantaged people across Ethiopia. Since 2002 our volunteers have been making valuable contributions in education and community projects. This year we are branching out and beginning new partnerships with the Daughters of Charity in Kenya, Burkina Faso and Ghana. We recruit volunteers of all ages for a variety of placements all year round.VLM follows a 400 year tradition begun by St. Vincent de Paul among the most neglected in seventeenth century France. Click here for more information on St. Vincent de Paul and our Vincentian ethos.

Our motto is “do one thing, do something” and our mission statement is:

To form and facilitate our members to immerse themselves in the experience and culture of the Vincentian mission overseas, so that reflecting on the learned experience, they will, on their return, effect change and transformation both locally and globally.

Located in St. Peter’s Parish offices (to the side of St. Peter’s church) in Phibsborough, Dublin 7, the VLM office is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm. Do come and visit us if you are in the neighbourhood, just call Mary Anne on 01-8102570 or 087-1397069.


VLM is a signatory of Comhlámh’s Volunteering Options Code of Good Practice, supporting and sustaining high standards of volunteer recruitment, training, placement and support. For more information please visit www.comhlamh.org or download Comhlámh’s Volunteer-Charter.

VLM have also signed up to the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages and endeavors to always present our partners in Ethiopia, and the work that they do, honestly and respectfully. If you have any queries or complaints on the manner in which VLM presents images and messaging, please feel free to express your thoughts to Mary Anne at info@vlm.ie.

VLM was awarded the highest standard certificate, Comprehensive, by Comhlámh.

VLM was awarded the highest standard certificate, Comprehensive, by Comhlámh.