The St Mary’s Mini Vinnies

Turning concern into action

We are very proud to say that we have recently made many children at St Mary’s Mini Vinnies, during a special Mini Vinnies ceremony.  These children work as ambassadors in our school and local community.  

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The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days. Today the SVP England & Wales is pleased to highlight its continuing strong links with young people, through the development of its new ‘Mini Vinnies’ programme – a ground-breaking Primary Schools initiative, based on good work done in Australia, piloted in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, and which is seen as having, “the potential to significantly contribute to the future of our Society.”

‘Mini Vinnies’ are children aged between 7 to 11 (or younger) 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’.

The Mini Vinnies will help to plan and organise fundraisers; supporting local and national charities. Their most recent success was our Macmillan coffee morning, where pupils served cakes and treats to the families of St Mary’s and raised over £150.