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.
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
We raised £219.35 for Woolton Community Life this half term. We organised a 'Wear an odd sock to school' day. Staff and children wore odd socks and donated £1. Woolton Community Life is a charity that aims to reduce loneliness for the benefit of those individuals in the local community that frequently have limited opportunities for wider friendships or networks beyond family and to make improvements to the lives of individuals, many of whom are socially isolated and lonely. Mrs Higgins kindly came into assembly to talk to the children about the charity and our chair presented her with a cheque.
Each class also made up a food hamper to donate to 'Merseyside Food Hampers'. The children chose both charities to support those less fortunate than themsleves, especially at Christmas time.
Thank you to all who supported these worthy causes.
Mini Vinnies raised £109.16 for CAFOD. Envelopes were sent home and returned with spare change in. We also collected food for the Harvest festival and took it to St Mary's church to donate to less fortunate in the parish.
As ever, thanks for all the donations. They are much appreciated.
Mini Vinnies raised £333 for Marie Curie. The children took a cheque along and presented it to the hospice. To raise the money they arranged a whole school 'Wear a colour to school day' in the hope of brightening the lives of others.
That you to everyone who donated and wore bright colours to school.
Mini Vinnies raised £200 for Alder Hey in their last round of fundraising.
Irene from Alder Hey came in to accept the cheque which was presented to her by our treasurer. She explained to the children what they used donated money for and was delighted that the children had chosen Alder Hey to support.
Thank you to all who took part in the pyjama day and donated to this very special cause