Who are the Mini Vinnies?

The Mini Vinnies are quite literally mini St. Vincent de Paul’s.

Mini Vinnies are 7 to 11 year olds based in schools and parishes across England and Wales, and in several other countries across the world. It is a Catholic organisation that inspires people to live according to the Gospel and teaches love,respect,  kindness, generosity and understanding in order to help the most vulnerable and encourage equality among our brothers and sisters. Mini Vinnies members are there to volunteer and assist by TURNING CONCERN INTO ACTION!


Our Mini Vinnies 2021/22






Community Litter Picking – March 2022

Ukranian Flag – Non Uniform Fundraising Day

Recycling Project – Jan 2022


The Mini Vinnies are on a mission to change our schools understanding about recycling and how we can improve the act of recycling within our school. We had lots of discussion about why recyling is important and what it means globally. We designed a poster for each class and organised a recycling Non Uniform Day to raise money to buy a green bin for each class in school so we can all have an active part in recycling. Children were encouraged to be as imaginative as possible with their outfits!

Well done to everyone for taking part we managed to raise £156 to purchase green bins for the classrooms and shared areas around school.


Turning Lives Around – Christmas Gift Bags – Dec 2021


The whole school were given the challenge to collect items for Christmas Gift Bags for the homeless – as always the whole school community rose to the challenge and we collected at least 30 bags worth of hats, scarves, gloves, toiletries, Christmas decorations, pet food, chocolates, Christmas card.



Personalised Christmas Cards for our Community – Dec 2021


The Mini Vinnies created over 60 personalised Christmas cards for the people of our community – A super achievment everyone and a very well recieved gift at this special time of the year




Turning Lives Around – Tin Collection October 2021


We collected tins for the homeless, we are so proud of our school community we managed to collect over 300 items – Well Done everyone. The Mini Vinnies helped sort the items into bags and boxes an load the car to be taken to the needy and vulnerable.




What can we do at home?

 Utilise the resources on the Mini Vinnie website, you do not have to be a member to access it, there are many activities to do while you are at home.


Here are some activities i have selected that you can do at home, I have attached a link to each activity that your parents can print out.

 Place Your Prayers on the Cross

Give your hands to God_0

MV Logo Colouring


 Turning Lives Around Awards – 2019-2020


 Well done to everyone at St Francis for all the wonderful donations to Turning Lives Around during Christmas 2019. We have finally received our school certificates! Here are some pictures of our proud Mini Vinnies being awarded them, on the school’s behalf. You all made such a difference to those less fortunate people who last year, spent Christmas with a smile after receiving one of the bags containing your donations. These lovely certificates will be on display in the school Reception Area very soon. May God bless you and your families for all your support with our Mini Vinnies projects.

 An extra big shout out to Myrus who was in Year 3 at the time and donated the most items securing his class to win the chocolates and the extra playtime! He received a personalised certificate for all his hard work!






An E-Mail from TLA’s CEO

An email sent from the CEO of Turning Lives Around, Sharon Brown, on behalf of all her employees and all the clients who benefited from the Gift Bag Project this year.
Dear All
I wanted to say a big thank you from all of us here at Turning Lives Around to all the children at St. Francis of Assisi  who supported our Christmas gift bag appeal by donating items.  Also a special thank you to the Mini Vinnies for thinking about our clients and co-ordinating the donations, we are blown away by their efforts!  With your help all our homeless clients were given a gift bag  this Christmas.
We have tweeted about your support and have also now published an article on our website, click on the link below for the article.


Turning Lives Around

Minnie Vinnies lead a project and with help from all our parents and children were able to create 34 gift bags filled with essentials for clients in the Leeds area this Christmas!

An amazing effort to all those who contributed and a whopping congratulations to Year 3 who collected 121 items and won themselves treats and an extra playtime!

Thank you to Rosemary Clayton who took time out to give Minnie Vinnies a talk about her charity work and take our gift bags back to the centre to distribute!

Pennington Court visit with the School Council members
We visited the local care home this Christmas. It was lovely to see that we could make a difference to our elderly community. We sang some Christmas carols and played pass the parcel. A lovely start to our festive season.