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Mini VInnies 2016-17 (Junior SVP)

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This after school club is a junior Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP) group ran by the children, supported by Mrs Scotson and Mrs Towey.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days. Today the SVP England & Wales is pleased to highlight its continuing strong links with young people, through the development of its new 'Mini Vinnies' programme - a ground-breaking Primary Schools initiative, based on good work done in Australia, piloted in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, and which is seen as having, "the potential to significantly contribute to the future of our Society."

'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'.  

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'.

Packathon to aid Syrian Refugees 2016

St. Augustine's and Our Lady's Mini Vinnies joined forces to take part in a ‘Packathon’ today in aid of refugees. Nora Carlin runs the charity 'Refugees Aid from the North West' based in Appleton Thorn. The local community have kindly donated many items such as clothes, blankets, tents and prams etc. However, before these donations could reach those in need, they had to be sorted out and re-packed into bags of children’s, men’s and women’s items, so we volunteered to donate our time for a ‘Packathon’ to see how many bags we could sort out in 2 hours! Nora was delighted to have so many of our children volunteer to help, and they did an excellent job! We packed a huge pile of bags which are now ready to be sent to those in need. A huge thank you to all the children involved, and to our parents who sponsored the event!