Introduction to Mini Vinnies
The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days.
The SVP in England & Wales continues to develop strong links with young people, through the development of its ‘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 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’.
Mini Vinnies in St. Alphonsus’ School
St. Alphonsus’ school have now recruited a group of 12 children from years 4-6, to become ‘Mini Vinnies’. This group of enthusiastic and conscientious volunteers are already working hard in school and the local community to ‘turn concern into action’.
As a member of Mini Vinnies, I promise to make a difference to my world by:
- Caring for, respecting and loving myself.
- Strengthening my friendship with Jesus by talking to him each day and talking to others about him.
- Caring for others in my school and community by being a friend to those who are alone, in need or in trouble.
- Making my family happy by my help, respect and showing kindness and consideration
- Caring for and enjoying God’s world.
- Treating others the way I would like them to treat me