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 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’.
Our ‘Mini Vinnies’ are a group of children who give up their own time once a week to organise fundraising for a variety of causes. They decide how and who they would like to donate to. They think of their own ideas to make sure that the vulnerable members of our community are looked after They follow the SVP mission:
‘The St Vincent De Paul Society is a lay Catholic Organisation that aspires to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.’
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, ‘Mini Vinnies’.
Mini Vinnies Website – see what it’s all about
Turning Concern Into Action – SEE – THINK – DO
We looked at Laudato Si, a letter addressed to all people, urging them to look after our world – a precious gift from God. We decided that we should start in our own environment and encourage people to look after our school and equipment. We made posters and put them around the school and bought litter pickers to use at lunch time.
If you want to find out more about Laudato Si click the link below.