Whether your child has just joined Mini Vinnies or is a weathered veteran, we know you will be very proud of them. This page should provide everything you need to know to help them in their work and to develop their faith.
Who are the Mini Vinnies?
Mini Vinnies are not ordinary children. Through the simple formula of ‘see, think, do’, they learn to spot people in need and discover how they can best help them.
They go the extra mile and meet during their lunchtimes to pray and talk about how they can help others in need, but most importantly they act! They always make you and group coordinators proud.
Our groups run in schools and parishes across England and Wales. Your child can either sign up to their nearest group, or if they can’t find a local one why not try starting your own one?
The Vincentian Coordinator is the adult who looks after the Mini Vinnies group and helps them to become effective in their meetings and in their actions. However, the Mini Vinnies run the group and take on the exciting roles of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
A Young Vincentians Development Officer, or YVDO, is a volunteer who provides support to our groups. Our YVDOs are the lifeblood of our apostolates and they commission all our groups around the country. If you don’t know who your nearest YVDO is then please get in touch with the Young Vincentians team.
No problem at all! We will never turn anyone away from making the world a better place.
When Superman got back home would he have just left his powers hanging up by the door? No, they were a part of him! It is the same for Mini Vinnies, they also now have powers which they cannot just simply get rid of them when they are home. Below are a few things you can do with your Mini Vinnie at home:
- Provide a space in your home where unwanted items or pieces of clothing can be kept and taken to a charity shop.
- Reverse your advent calendar! Instead of getting chocolate each day you, gather an item each day to give to someone else
- Have you considered learning to knit together? You could knit scarves and hats for Vinnie packs
- Pray! Approaching meaningful prayer and silence can be tricky. However, sharing time together with our Lord is key and can lead to all growing in faith.
- Think about donating to a local food bank
- Do you have an older neighbour you could help? Maybe they need their lawn mowed or some help getting their shopping - could you get your Mini Vinnie involved?
Yes! The Mini Vinnies are the youngest members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) and they receive full support of the International SSVP when they act in support of those in need.