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 in our school who, with the permission of their parents and the support of Miss Armstrong, one of our wonderful teaching assistants, 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’.
The Mini Vinnies have strong links with the People’s Kitchen, hold the CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Liturgy every year.
See http://www.minivinnies.org.uk/index.php for more information.
We also have RE Ambassadors in school who help staff to arrange liturgies in school and Masses in Church and help us to form our RE teaching in school.