The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days. Today, the SVP of England and Wales is pleased to highlight its continuing strong links with young people, through the development of its ‘Mini Vinnies’ programme
‘Mini Vinnies’ are children aged between 7 to 11 who, with the permission of their parents and the support of their Schools, are encouraged to embark on their first steps as possible ‘Vincentians for life’. As Mini Vinnies, the youngsters have their own ‘treasured’ Prayer, Pledge and Badge, a dedicated website and a range of bright and colourful documents which guide them in their formative steps – helping and enabling them to become in every sense, young Vincentians – or ‘Mini Vinnies’.
At St. Joseph’s, our Mini Vinnies are a small, but effective group from across Key Stage 2.
The group live out the school’s mission statement; we show respect, friendship, excellence and care in all we do and say; and they work in school to raise funds and awareness for issues in our local community. Mini Vinnies meet regularly to pray, discuss and support however they can to help make a difference in their communities. Children involved work to turn concern into action using the simple formula of ‘see, think, do’ to find people in need and help them.
Please take a look at some of the fantastic work our Mini Vinnie’s have been carrying out, including: organising food donations for the food bank; creating Christmas cards for the local parish; sending out the ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’; making ‘Lent in a Bag’ resources for the local parish; promoting the ‘Big Lent Walk’ to raise funds for CAFOD and making prayer cards.