We are proud to have established a thriving 'Mini Vinnie's' group at St Francis Xavier's School.
‘Mini Vinnies’ are children aged between 7 to 11 who are encouraged and supported to embark on their first steps as possible ‘Vincentians for life’.
'Mini Vinnie's' meet as an After School Club, once a week on a Thursday, during the Autumn and Summer Terms and have been established in our school since September 2021.
Mini Vinnies is about doing good works in the community. The Vinnies model of 'Turn concern into action' is a great way to get young people thinking and talking about their spirituality; by connecting their beliefs and values with issues in their community and around the world, they can help to make their faith real, meaningful and relevant.
We are also in touch with our local St Vincent de Paul Society based at St Francis Xavier's Church in Hereford.
Below are some of the things we have supported so far:
- Planning and delivering an awareness-raising/recruitment assembly for the whole school about the work of Mini Vinnie's.
- Designing and Creating handmade Christmas Cards so that we could give them to the Children's Ward at Hereford County Hospital to be given out to any children and their families spending Christmas in hospital.
- Working in partnership with the Salvation Army, Hereford Division - writing letters to their over 60s members who were isolated during Covid 19 lockdown.
- Designing posters and promoting the ongoing work of Mini Vinnie's around our school.
- Making recycled Christmas and Gift Cards to raise money for refugees in Afghanistan - DEC.
- Learning a Platinum Jubilee Song and singing/signing it to residents at Venn's Lane Residential Home, Hereford to include them in the national celebrations for the Queen's Jubilee.
- Making recycled Christmas Cards and gift tags to raise money for Mision Cristiana Moderna who support refugees who land on the shores of Fuerteventura.