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. They come together to form a part of the St. Vincent de Paul Society England and Wales, a voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty in all its forms. Mini Vinnies meet to pray, discuss and support however they can to help make a difference in their communities.

“…turning concern into action…”


Our Mini Vinnies 2019-20

CAFOD Lent Fundraising 

As always here at St Francis, Lent is when we focus on supporting The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD).   All children took home an envelope and a money box and we raised a whopping £162 which will all go towards transforming the lives of our brothers and sisters across the world!

Turning Lives Around

Mini Vinnies lead a project and with help from all our parents and children.  They were able to create 34 gift bags filled with essentials for people in need 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 who took time out to give Mini Vinnies a talk about her charity work and take our gift bags back to the centre to distribute!

The Lantern Festival

This Christmas we enjoyed visiting Cross Flatts Park along with our School Council friends to take part in the annual Lantern Festival! A big thank you for the invitation and to all those parents and staff who came out to support us.  Despite the weather conditions we had a wonderful evening singing carols, watching a festive pantomine, enjoying the refreshments, and most of all seeing all the lovely animals. A super way for our community to come together and spread the festive cheer!

Milk for Lent Project

Our Mini Vinnies organised the school and collected 200 long life milks for the food bank at St. Vincent de Paul’s.

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Our Mini Vinnies made and sold Christmas cards to our school and families.  They raised £30 and decided to donate it to The Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.