Central Avenue
Newton Aycliffe
Co. Durham

01325 300339

St Mary's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School

Helping Others

Mini Vinnies

Mini Vinnies | St Francis Catholic Primary

Introduction to Mini Vinnies


The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days. The SVP England & continues to develop strong links with young people, through the development of its '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 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'.


Mini-Vinnies Promise

As a member of Mini Vinnies:


I promise to make a difference to my world by:

Caring for, respecting and loving myself.

Strengthening my friendship with Jesus by talking to him each day and talking to others about him.

Caring for others in my school and community by being a friend to those who are alone, in need or in trouble.

Making my family happy by my help, respect and showing kindness and consideration.

Caring for and enjoying God’s world.

Trea ting others the way I would like them to treat me.



 The Mini Vinnies at St Mary’s


- have been  working very hard over the past year and often working on their own initiatives to help the less fortunate within society living out the motto of – turning their ‘Concern into Action’.



  • Christmas cards – for the SVP to send out to parishioners
  • Easter cards
  • Cake sales
  • St Cuthbert’s Care Appeal – a variety of fundraising activities throughout Lent each year
  • Operation Christmas Child – Shoebox Appeal
  • Children co-ordinated and presented harvest donations to the local Foodbank and helped collate food parcels for nominated families