SMSP Mini Vinnies

St Mary’s and St Peter’s has become a Mini-Vinnie school.  Mini-Vinnie groups are set up in Catholic primary schools, and carry out good deeds in helping the needy within school, the local community and the wider world. Mini Vinnies follow the pattern of see-think-do. They see who needs help in the world, think about how they can help and then do something about it. Our mission is to turn concern into action.

We are the St Mary and St Peter School Mini Vinnies.  We meet once a week on a Tuesday Lunchtime.  During our meeting we listen to a short bible reading, pray and think of ways to help others.  We have made and sent cards to the local hospital. Run a lucky dip at the Christmas Fair. Our latest project is to work with the rest of the school community to raise money, by collecting our copper coins, to fund some toiletry packs for to support a local charity who helps homeless people.

Fundraising events

Lenten Fundraising for homeless March 2018

We identified that homelessness is a real problem locally and that children in our school wanted to do something to help.  The Mini Vinnies researched possible ways of helping and then we launched the project with the school.  Mini  Vinnies have been weighing the coins that each class have collected to see which class has the heaviest collection! Here are the results

Lent coin collection –Final weigh in!

Reception     4732g

Year 1          4513g

Year 2         5630g

Year 3         11853g

Year 4        27159g

Year 5        3476g

Year 6        8208g

Total weight of coins  65571g or 65.571kg

Thank you to everyone who helped collect such a large amount of coins.

We had a special assembly when Dr Jan Sheldon explained to us some of the work that her charity https://stmartinshousing.org.uk/ are engaged in.  Mini Vinnies introduced the assembly and shared with Dr Jan Sheldon the fundraising that we had been doing.


https://www.rcdea.org.uk/schools-county-champions-mini-vinnies-charity-boost/

Click on the links below to find out more about Mini Vinnies and the St Vincent de Paul society

http://www.minivinnies.org.uk

https://www.svp.org.uk/mini-vinnies-0