The Mini-Vinnies & CST at Holy Family



What are the Mini Vinnies?


‘Mini Vinnies’ is the name for a St Vincent de Paul Group for primary aged children. At Holy Family, when you reach Year 5, you become a member of the Mini Vinnies. With the principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) at our core, we get  together to organise and run initiatives centered upon helping others in need within our school community, the local area and nationally.


What happens at a Mini Vinnies’ meeting?

Miss. McNulty, the Year 5 teacher, co-ordinates the group, giving us help and advice on the practicalities of our ideas.

  • The president opens the meeting with a prayer
  • A short spiritual reading/ reflection/ piece of music/ meditation follows the prayer.
  •  Group members then talk about the Mini Vinnies' activities that have taken place since the previous meeting. Any future plans are then discussed, shared and actioned.
  • We then share our ideas with the rest of school, asking them to help and support us.

Following the principles of CST, below are some of the activities that the Mini Vinnies have organised: 

Book Swap

'Book Swaps' take place on a regular basis at Holy Family. The intention is to ensure that all pupils have access to quality reading texts, even though their families may not be able to afford to buy them. After all, at Holy Family, 'Reading is King'. angel 

Cake Sale to raise funds for the Red Cross Ukrainian Appeal

We raised £100!

Sweets Galore! A sweet sale to raise money for CAFOD.

'Pyjama Day'


'Pyjama Day' on 15th, March, organised by our Mini Vinnies, raised £150.34. Funds collected were split between CAFOD and 'The Great Tommy Sleepout'.



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