Mini Vinnies at St Matthews Catholic Primary School
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’.
On the 2nd March 2017, our Mini Vinnies opened up the weekly assembly with a Liturgy opening the season of Lent for our school. They also explained to the children and visitors about the Charity ‘Mary’s Meals’ and the impact the charity has throughout the world.
Short Term Impacts
The charity currently brings about the following in communities around the world:
- Reduced hunger
- Increased school enrollment.
- improved attendance and learning.
- Improved health and well being.
Long-term impacts of the charity include supporting small hold farmers in the community. Bringing schools and school meals to the government of the area and encouraging community support for education. I’m sure everyone can agree that this is such a worthy cause for the Mini Vinnies to be supporting this term.