We are very proud that we were the first school in Leeds to have a mini-vinnie group who are part of the St Vincent de Paul Society. Over the last few years, our mini vinnies have raised money to help the poor, delivered food parcels to the needy and visited the elderly and sick. Last year, the children made and sent cards to the lonely, vulnerable, sick and housebound of our parish. We wanted people to know they are in our thoughts and prayers.
Each year, the Mini Vinnies think of their own ideas to make sure that the vulnerable members of our community are looked after. They follow the SVP mission:
'The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.’
The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days.
The St Vincent de Paul Society helps people who are facing problems such as:
* Poverty: not enough money to pay for basic necessities.
* Hunger: some families have only one meal per day if they are lucky.
* Unemployment: sometimes parents have to go out every day and search for work.
* No home or poor quality housing: some families of 8 or more live in one room.
* No education: some families cannot pay for schooling or children cannot go to school because they need to work to help their parents feed the family.
To find out more visit www.minivinnies.org.uk