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 continuing its 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'.
This is our newest pupil group, which is just getting off the ground, with a small group of pupils in Year 4. They helped to organised the Christmas Advent Hamper appeal with the St. Joseph's Parish SVP by distributing information to each class about a family in need at Christmas so that the class could provide them with a hamper at the end of term.