Mini Vinnies- Society of St Vincent de Paul
'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'.
Those wishing to become a Mini Vinnie are invited to apply in school and state how they would carry out good deeds in the community.
We were visited by Mrs Kath Altham from the St Vincent de Paul Society who took part in our Commissioning ceremony of our first ever Mini Vinnie group on Thursday 24th March 2015. Mrs Altham presented each child with a certificate and badge and welcomed them to the SVP.
Mini Vinnies is about doing good works in the community. The Vinnies model of ‘See, Think, Do’* is a great way to get young people thinking and talking about their spirituality; by connecting their beliefs and values with service activities and issues in their community, they can help to make their faith real, meaningful and relevant.
‘Our Mini Vinnies’ group will meet once a week during lunchtime and are always busy planning on how they can reach out to the people in need in our community. Over the past few years our dedicated Mini Vinnies have organised different fundraising events to raise money for The Good Shepherd Appeal during Lent and have collected Food for the Bradford Food Bank.
In school they help to lead Collective Worship and represent the school at Diocesan events.
The 2017-18 Mini Vinnies' first project was to make 'welcome packs' for a group of people who are homeless, who stayed in our parish in the week leading up to Christmas Day.
Each pack contained a selection of toiletries, which Years 1-6 were involved in donating. Included in the pack were: a toothbrush, toothpaste, a bar of soap, face cloth, deodorant and a packet of tissues. The pupils were very generous with their donations and for that the Mini Vinnies and parish are very grateful.
Mini Vinnies and the Friars of the Renewal
In January, we were visited by Brother Benedict from the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Brother Benedict had been invited by the Mini Vinnie's to come and to talk to the children about the life of St Francis and the work of the Friars in Bradford. In 2005 the Friars moved to Bradford to serve the homeless and destitute of the city and to work for the renewal of the Catholic Faith throughout the Diocese. Brother Benedict went on to explain that the Friars run a soup kitchen called Open Doors and feeds up to 200 people every week, relying solely on donations for its provision. The children got the opportunity to ask him some thoughtful questions such as, 'Why did you become a Friar?' and 'Who inspired you?' The Mini Vinnie's met with Brother Benedict after the Worship to look at ways our school could support the Friars and were issued with a warm invitation to visit the Friary in the near future.
On Wednesday 8th February, Year 1 to Year 6 held a fundraising event for the charity SignHealth. We have been getting sponsored for learning the Sign2Sing song, Together. Have a look at our fab performance below!
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