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 2023/24
Lenten Reflections at Golden Acre Park – Academy Trust Event – March 2023
Advent Reflection at Scared Heart Primary School – Dec 2022
Macmillian Coffee Morning – October 2022
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.
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.
“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”