What are Mini Vinnies?
The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days. Mini Vinnies are children aged between 7-11 (or younger) who, with permission of their parents and the support of their schools, are encouraged to embark on their first steps as possible “Vincentians for Life” as Mini Vinnies, the youngsters have their own treasured prayer, pledge and badge which guide them in their formative steps – helping and enabling them to becomes in every sense, Mini Vinnies!
Mini Vinnies at St Benet’s…
We began this wonderful group in our school in September 2014. Miss Caulfield leads the group with support from our School Chaplain, Mrs Sammut. We sent application forms home to children in Y4, Y5 and Y6. The children had to apply for their place and we were very impressed with the applications. We had a beautiful commissioning ceremony and feel proud to have Mini Vinnies as part of our school life. The children were presented with certificates and badges to recognise their commitment to help others both locally and globally.
What happens at a Mini Vinnies’ Meeting:
We meet each Friday. We have a president, Vice President, secretaries and a spiritual advisor. We open with a prayer/ spiritual reflection/piece of music. We then discuss about Mini Vinnie activities and what’s happened since previous meeting. Any future plans are then discussed, shared and auctioned.
Mini Vinnies so far…
We have started to collect ideas on how we would like to provide support for local people in need. Our next steps are to put our ideas into action.
We made Christmas Prayer cards, which we sent to parishioners in our Parish – Fr Duffy said they all really loved to know that we were thinking of them during the Christmas Season.
In the spring term, we are hoping to hold a coffee morning/afternoon and raise money for a chosen charity. We also hope to arrange some trips to visit the residential homes in our local community and take part in some joint activities.