St Vincent de Paul Society

Involve your school

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Involve your school

Vinnies offers two ways for students to participate in the Society’s transformative work. Mini Vinnies is a program designed for primary level students while our High School Conferences are for secondary students. We encourage participating students to live their faith in a three-pronged way: ‘See’ (education and awareness), ‘Think’ (formation and reflection) and ‘Do’ (community service and fundraising ).

Mini Vinnies and High School Conferences

Our Mini Vinnies program is designed for primary school kids. By connecting their beliefs and values with service activities and issues in their community, they can help to make their faith real, meaningful and relevant. High School Conferences are open to secondary level students. They offer students a range of benefits, outlined above, but they also offer benefits to schools. Conferences forge pathways to the wider community, foster greater awareness of social justice issues, provide publicity opportunities, help students develop leadership skills through fundraising projects, make a positive difference in the school community and provide pathways for graduating students to enter young adult conferences.

What is the first step?

Simply click on one of the links below to find out more about how your school can get involved with Vinnies  in your state or territory.

If you’re at primary school, you can participate in our Mini Vinnies program. Mini Vinnies is a group of young people in primary school who get together to help those in need within their school and local community. Mini Vinnies will introduce you to social justice issues, to the St Vincent de Paul Society and to living faith through action.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

FAQs about Vinnies, its works and history can be found in the About section of our website.

How do I find out more?

Simply click on one of the links below to find out more about how your school can get involved with Vinnies in your state or territory.

ACT      NSW      NT      QLD      SA      TAS      VIC      WA

Secondary level students can form a High School Conference. A High School Conference is a group of students in a Catholic secondary school whose members meet regularly, under the auspice of the St Vincent de Paul Society, to make a difference by doing good works.  A High School Conference is more than just a social justice group – it’s a group of people who seek to live out their faith through action, exemplified in their Vincentian spirituality.

Conferences are a great way to make a difference in the community, put your faith into action, meet like-minded people, learn to be a role model and develop leadership skills, experience a suite of new activities and to push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Once you’ve graduated, you can continue your involvement in one of our Youth Conferences.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

FAQs about Vinnies, its works and history can be found in the About section on this website.

How do I find out more?

Simply click on one of the links below to find out more about how your school can get involved with Vinnies in your state or territory.

ACT      NSW      NT      QLD      SA      TAS      VIC      WA

How do I find out more?

For more information on Mini Vinnies and High School Conferences in the Canberra/Goulburn region click on ACT in the left hand navigation bar or contact our head office to find out more about Vinnies involvement with schools.

Are you interested in issues of social justice? Do you want to do something to make a difference in the world?

You can join our inspiring young members and volunteers around Australia (5-35) who are making a difference within their local community. In 1833, Vinnies was founded by 20 year old University student Frederic Ozanam and a group of his friends. Today, Frederics' passion for social justice is continued by the thousands of members and volunteers across the nation!

There are a variety of ways for young people to make a difference. Mini Vinnies (Primary School aged groups) High School and Young Adult Conferences provide opportunities for young people to learn more about social justice issues and develop their leadership skills while making a positive difference within their community.

If you are 14 years and over you can also volunteer on our prorgams. Our department coordinates programs for kids and teenagers including activity days and camps. Our young adult volunteers are also involved in gardening programs, detention centre visitations, homework help programs and other services across the state. Click here for information about the youth programs within your area and other volunteering opportunities.

If you would like to start a Vinnies Conference within your school or find out more information about volunteering opportunities please contact us.

For further information regarding involving your school, contact our Youth Team in NSW:

  • Armidale

6772 1785

armidaleyouth@vinnies.org.au

  • Bathurst

6362 2565

bathurstyouth@vinnies.org.au

  • Broken Bay

9495 8306

bbayyouth@vinnies.org.au

  • Lismore

6698 0502

Lis.Youth@vinnieslismore.org
  • Maitland/Newcastle

4032 3560

maitland.newcastle@vinnies.org.au

  • Parramatta

8861 9740

parrayouth@vinnies.org.au

  • Sydney

9350 9651

youth@sydneyvinnies.org   

  • Wagga Wagga

6971 7175

waggayouth@vinnies.org.au

  • Wollongong

4627 9013

youth@svdpwgong.org.au

  • Wilcannia Forbes

6862 5758

forbesyouth@vinnies.org.au

SPARK

School students aged 14 years or older are encouraged to volunteer with our programs. SPARK is a Vinnies program that regularly partners with High Schools in Sydney to provide volunteer opportunities for groups of students. Students have the opportunity to volunteer in selected primary schools in Western Sydney to act as tutors and mentors to children of refugee backgrounds. Full training and ongoing support is provided, as well as formal recognition of the students’ participation. Contact SPARK to find out how your school community can get involved.

 

Schools supporting Vinnies in the NT

Here in the Northern Territory schools have a number of ways they can work with Vinnies to help achieve our mission “by working together to shape a more just and compassionate society”.

There is the Mini Vinnies program designed for primary level students while our College Conferences are for secondary students. We encourage participating students to live their faith in a three-pronged way: ‘See’ (education and awareness), ‘Think’ (formation and reflection) and ‘Do’ (take action).

Schools can also support the “good works” of Vinnies through our community service/volunteer programs, get involved in our Assist a Students program (supporting students in East Timor), Christmas Appeal and our Palmerston Markets pop-up op shop.

Contact our Youth Coordinator who can provide you with support and resources to help your school and students get involved and work together with Vinnies to shape a more just and compassionate society.

How do I find out more?

Contact us to find out more about Vinnies involvement with schools.

(08) 8948 8100
107 Dick Ward Dr, Coconut Grove NT 0810 ‎
Postal Address PO Box 1468 Nightcliff NT 0814
admin@svdpnt.org.au

 

 

The Vinnies Youth Qld team are excited to announce that our new, online School Resources Centre is now available to support teachers, students and young people from across the state.

For further information, please contact us at youth@svdpqld.org.au or phone 3010 1000.

Involve Your School

The St Vincent de Paul Society is challenging schools and their students to take a positive stand against poverty by helping us to rebuild lives.

Across SA, the Society has over 3,000 members and volunteers who continue the vital work of visiting people in their homes, providing assistance and friendship. This year approximately 20,000 visits will be made to homes, nursing homes, hospitals and prisons.

Your school can help support this crucial work and make a real difference in people’s lives.

Help us REBUILD LIVES by supporting Vinnies in your school by:

  • Positioning posters around the school to raise awareness
  • Hosting a warm blanket drive for blankets that can be distributed by Vinnies
  • Collecting non-perishable food stuffs for inclusion in Vinnies’ food parcels
  • Conducting a Community Sleepout to raise funds and awareness of homelessness
  • Raise funds through a cake stall / blind auction / school fete etc.

Please feel free to contact us on (08) 8112 8714 or email schoolsadmin@svdpsa.org.au to discuss how your school and Vinnies can work together.

Vinnies Needs Your Support

Did you know that in addition to running the well known Vinnies shops, our range of ‘good works’ extends to home visits, providing housing, supporting refugee and migrants, delivering meals through Fred’s Van services and a host of other activities that continue our mission.

Call us to find what activity suits your school.  Read  ‘The Saint’ to understand more about Vinnies and to see what others have done to raise awareness and funds. Visit your local Vinnies centre to donate your no longer needed goods.

Your contribution will help us apply Vinnies’ commitment to ‘a hand up’ more than a ‘hand out’.

Supporting Vinnies Appeals

Each year Vinnies is there to help thousands of South Australians facing hardship, loneliness or disadvantage by offering them a hand up.

The reality is that without the support of the community, we would not be able to assist families and individuals who turn to us for support and assistance to rebuild their lives.

The simple truth is - we need your help.

If you would like to support Vinnies by raising funds or helping out with a blanket, clothing or food drive please contact schoolsadmin@svdpsa.org.au or call (08) 8112 8714.

A poster can be downloaded to help support Vinnies current Appeal in your school.

Schools - Tasmania

The St Vincent de Paul Society has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days. 

Both Mini Vinnies (primary schools) and College Conferences (secondary schools) are considered an important part of the Society. The groups are usually supported by one or two members of school staff who help guide student’s involvement in reflection, awareness raising activities and community initiatives. Members of School Conferences receive a special badge when they are commissioned.

If your school is interested in participating please contact us at admin@vinniestas.org.au

To request a St Vincent de Paul Society representative to visit your School Conference OR to give a class or staff presentation, please email admin@vinniestas.org.au

About Mini Vinnies

Mini Vinnies are groups of young people in Catholic primary schools who come together to help those in need. Mini Vinnies creates awareness about issues that exist in local communities and beyond. It introduces children to the St Vincent de Paul Society and to living their faith through action. They run simple, yet effective initiatives with their school peers so that together they can make a difference.

 

About College Conferences

A College Conference is a group of students in a Catholic secondary school whose members meet regularly, under the auspice of the St Vincent de Paul Society, to make a difference by doing good works.  A College Conference is not just a social justice group; it is a group seeking to live out faith through action, exemplified in their Vincentian spirituality. 

Schools - Victoria

The St Vincent de Paul Society has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days.

There are many opportunities for schools to enhance their curriculum units (social justice, community, volunteering, etc) by learning about the St Vincent de Paul Society and having students participate in small but effective initiatives that make a difference in the community. This connection can enrich student learning while also assisting people in need.

The Schools Resource webpage provides information about the St Vincent de Paul Society and includes video clips, reflective activities and ideas for school based actions.

Visit the Schools and Youth Resources - Vic 

School Conferences

The first school conference was established in Victoria in 1908 and the St Vincent de Paul Society is proud that so many catholic schools are now actively involved.

School conferences comprise both Mini Vinnies (primary schools) and College Conferences (secondary schools). School conferences increase student awareness about issues that exist in local communities and beyond. They introduce students to the St Vincent de Paul Society and to living their faith through action.

Each school conference comes under the auspice of the St Vincent de Paul Society, however they have the flexibility to make their own decisions about how they run and what activities they undertake. The groups are supported by one or two members of school staff who help guide the students’ involvement in prayer and reflection, awareness raising activities and community initiatives.

Through small but effective initiatives, school conferences make a difference through their good works. They are considered an important part of the Society as they strive to replicate the model of parish based conference members worldwide. Just like all Society members of any age, students in School Conferences receive a special badge when they are commissioned.

School conferences are not just Social Justice groups; they are groups seeking to live out faith through action.

Further information about Mini Vinnies and College Conferences can be found on the Schools and Youth Resources webpage

Visit the Schools and Youth Resources - Vic 

Or email schools@svdp-vic.org.au to contact the School Liaison Officers for Victoria.


Involve Your School in WA

Vinnies Youth empowers young people to fight for social justice and put their faith into action by doing good works in their community. Being part of Vinnies Youth helps build student leadership skills and become positive role models for fellow students. School students are encouraged to identify needs in their local community, and look at ways they can respond to those needs.

This can be done by participating in the St Vincent de Paul Society Appeals (Winter, Street and Christmas Appeals) and other awareness raising initiatives such as the Vinnies School Sleepouts and Vinnies Community Sleepouts.

Another great way is to start a school Conference.  Conferences are groups of dedicated students who use their own initiative and drive to raise awareness of social justice issues and support those most in need in their local community. 

A school Conference incorporates three dimensions; service, social connection and spirituality.

  • Primary schools can also get involved by starting Mini Vinnies groups
  • Students aged 16+ can also volunteer on our Youth Support Programs, such as Kids Camps, and this also provides a pathway for students' finishing school to remain connected with the Society.

The Society also assists in students’ faith development through the use of resources such as school spiritual reflections guides and through our school formation camps.

How do I find out more?

Contact us to find out more about how you and your school can get involved with Vinnies.

Phone (08) 9475 5400
Street Address 76 Abernethy Road Belmont WA 6104
Postal Address PO Box 473 Belmont WA 6984
Email youth@svdpwa.org.au

 

The St Vincent de Paul Society wishes to acknowledge that we are on Aboriginal land. We pay our respects to all traditional custodians. This website may contain images of deceased members
of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. They are used with the greatest respect and appreciation.