Here at St Michael’s we are proud to say we now have our very own group of Mini Vinnies.
- President – Lola
- Vice President – Dora
- Secretary – Eva
- Treasurer – Alex
What are Mini Vinnies?
‘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’.
Mini Vinnies are a younger version of The Society of St Vincent de Paul. The group is seen as having, “the potential to significantly contribute to the future of our Society.”
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’.
St Michael’s Mini Vinnies
St Michaels Mini Vinnies meet every other week with Mrs Peverall to find ways to turn concern into action.
So far this year the Mini Vinnies have:
- agreed to do random acts of kindness
- brought a friend to the chapel to join in praying for others
- bought mission together resources for classes
- written to Fr D Coxon to ask which families would benefit from a parcel from the food donations collected at Christmas
- distributed hampers to parishioners and the food bank
Plans for this year:
- collect in money raised from the Mission Together boxes
- Caravan for Calais appeal
Mini Vinnies Meetings
To find out what is happening in the Mini Vinnies have a look at our dedicated notice board in school and read the minutes of our meetings.
Caravan for Calais
Our Mini Vinnies joined with our Parish cluster to raise money for the ‘Caravan for Calais’ appeal. The main aim of this was to raise £1000 across the cluster to buy a caravan for the refugee children in Camp Calais ‘The Jungle’ to live in. The children decided to make and sell loom bands and also collected bottles for a bottle tombola at a fair organised by the parish.
Following the fair, the camp was dismantled so the money was used to set up and resource a classroom for the refugee children.
St. Cuthbert’s Hospice Christmas Appeal
The Mini Vinnies raised money for St. Cuthbert’s Hospice in the lead up to Christmas. The children sold Christmas bears each break time and all money raised was donated to the hospice.
Food bank Collection
During a ‘Kindness Week’ in school, the Mini Vinnies organised a collection of food suitable for the Durham Food bank. We liaised with the food bank to organise a collection and the children ensured that the donations were ready for collection.
Our Mini Vinnies worked hard in the lead up to Easter making Easter cards for people in our parish. The children worked with Father Coxon to gather the names of people who may like to receive our blessings at Easter time and sent them a card.