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Mini Vinnies

St. Teresa's Mini Vinnies 


‘Mini Vinnies’ is a St Vincent de Paul Group in a Primary School. At St. Teresa’s we have a group of Year 6 pupils who get together, organise and talk about helping others in need within our school community and beyond. What makes Mini Vinnies such a valuable experience for the children who are part of it, is the change it makes in our school community. Our Mini Vinnies group meet once a week during break-time.  

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What happens at a Mini Vinnies’ meeting?


Our ‘President’ leads the meeting and organises the group. Mrs Holmes co-ordinates the group and gives help and practical advice. The President opens the meeting with a prayer.

  • A short spiritual reading/reflection/piece of music/meditation follows. The Group members take turns to do this.

  • Group members then talk about the Mini Vinnies’ activities they have done since the previous meeting.
  • Any future plans are then discussed.
  • The President concludes the meeting with a prayer. 
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Last year, we launched an appeal to collect food for the Penwortham Foodbank. We encouraged other children and families to think about people within our community who are less fortunate than ourselves. To launch the appeal we used a competition and we had a Slipper Day when we invited children to bring a contribution of food into school.  
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We  introduced a Prayer Tree in the entrance area. This was used in our weekly meetings and we invited all pupils, teachers, parents, governors and members of the parish family to write prayers.