Mini Vinnies

Vincent was born poor and in the beginning he wanted to be rich. This was why he first became a priest!

Later he changed his mind and decided to spend his life helping the sick and mentally-ill, orphans and old people, beggars and the starving, prisoners and galley slaves.

Vincent’s life is a great reminder for us all to find ways to help those around us.

See - Think – Do!

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people svp_mini-vinnies-logoand 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."

What we’ve done:

Food Collection: To finish the year the Mini-Vinnies put out an SOS to the school community. They thought it would be a good idea to help those in need by collecting food to go to a food bank. They researched the different foods that would be most appropriate (long lasting foods in tins and dry foods such as pasta) and made a list. They used this to make a presentation which they showed to the rest of the school which also included some role-play to get the message across. They created posters to put up around school and placed them where people would see them most. This food appeal will continue into Autumn of next year’

Syrian Refugee Appeal: The Mini-Vinnies have been in action again with their latest idea to collect clothes for the refugees facing an oncoming winter. They made posters to advertise the collection and spread the word to our school community by writing something for our school newsletter. They helped store the bags that came in and donated lots of clothes and blankets themselves! It will make a big difference to all the refugees struggling to keep warm this winter. Well done!

Youth Sunday: Thank you to all the children and family members who came together at Sacred Heart Parish in November for a special service for 'Youth Sunday'. This was a special celebration where the children were affirmed in their faith and assured that they belong to the Church. It was a lovely service with the children taking an active role. As one of the congregation pointed out 'The school and parish felt connected, and as such the parish benefits from feeling whole again; it felt good.'

A special thanks must go to some of our religious ambassadors of the school. Members of the Mini-Vinnies: Finn, Roni, Nancy, Milly, Ava, Sassy, Amelia and Jessica all did brilliantly to act and read for a short liturgy during the mass. The liturgy explored the parable of the Good Samaritan which was very apt given that it is used in the Mini-Vinnie Commissioning Ceremony to relay the Mini-Vinnie message of SEE, THINK, and DO. Well done to all involved!

Lenten Fundraising 2017: Our Mini-Vinnies invited Rachael from # Project Iringa into school to collect a cheque for the amazing £775.69 that was raised from the Lenten Fun Run. Thank you to everyone that sponsored the children! The money raised means that they are now half way to raising the £8000 they need to send the final crate out to Iringa Regional Hospital. The last crate will contain lots more much needed surgical equipment, including a brand new anaesthetic machine to improve the safety of surgical interventions that are carried out. # Project Iringa’s mission has been to improve healthcare for the people of Iringa through the donation of medical equipment. Whilst in Africa in 2012, they managed to donate £2,000 to the hospital for essential supplies such as urine bags, syringes and surgical screws - and since returning home and setting up the campaign, they have already raised upwards of £15,000, allowing them to send over 600 pieces of medical equipment, including an operating table, ultrasound machine and ECG machine. For more information on their fundraising campaign visit http://projectiringa.org

A huge thank you to all who supported the Penny Challenge and to those that volunteered to help count the thousands of pennies! I can officially announce that we raised an AMAZING £405.93 from the pennies for the Bauleni School in Zambia, Fr Cornforth came into school to personally thank all of the children and our Mini-Vinnies handed him the cheque.