The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days. Today the SVP in 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, 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 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'
We have our own Mini-Vinnie group in school, led by Mrs. McBride, our School Chaplain. We meet each week during lunchtime and plan different activities to support the children in our school, and the local and wider community. We have strong links with the SVP at St. Philip's Catholic Church and we support The Wellspring Centre in Stockport.
Here are our Mini-Vinnies, after taking their pledge to serve their school and local community:
One of our year 6 children commented:
"I love being a Mini-Vinnie and thinking of ways that we can help other people".
To find out more about Mini Vinnies, please click here.
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