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.

Primary School

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 School

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

ACT

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.

NSW

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 of age and over you can also volunteer on our programs. Our department coordinates programs for kids and teenagers including activity days and camps. Our young adult volunteers are also involved in gardening programs, homework help programs and other activities across NSW.

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.

Click here for information about the youth programs within your area and other volunteering opportunities.

If you would like to become involved with Vinnies at your school please contact us. Let’s work together to make a difference in your local community.

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

6621 5835

reception@vinnieslismore.org

  • Maitland/Newcastle

4032 3560

maitland.newcastle@vinnies.org.au

  • Parramatta

8861 9740

parrayouth@vinnies.org.au

9350 9651

school.liaison@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

 

 

 

NT

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.

Write Away Poverty Creative Writing Competition - Anti-Poverty Week

Write Away Poverty is a creative writing competition created to raise awareness of Anti-Poverty Week and issues faced by Territorians experiencing hardship.

If you are a school student in the NT, use your passion for social justice to write a story or poem of no more than 500 words prompted by the theme ‘home’.

Two winners will receive a $50 book voucher. Entries open on Monday 22 August 2016 and close on Friday 7 October 2016. Winners announced Wednesday 19 October 2016.

For more information or to receive your Write Away Poverty Kit: Email: youth@svdpnt.org.au, Phone: (08) 8948 8100, ask your teacher or a librarian or you can click on the images below

Click here for more information

Click here for a copy of the Write Away Poverty Kit

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
QLD

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.

Click here or on the image below to be redirected to our new online School Resource website.

For further information, please contact us at youth@svdpqld.org.au or phone 3010 1073.

SA

How your school can work with Vinnies to help

School girls holding loaves of breadThe 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.

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.

Do not hesitate to contact Jayne Shortt, Schools and Community Engagement Officer to discuss how your school can engage with Vinnies.

Jayne Shortt
Schools and Community Engagement Officer
Telephone: 8112 8719
Email: jshortt@svdpsa.org.au

Below are some ideas to collaborate with Vinnies;

Host a Vinnies School Sleepout

Vinnies School Sleepouts provide a unique insight into the complex issues that people experiencing homelessness face; issues often overlooked and misunderstood by the wider community.

Vinnies School Sleepouts will provide you with an opportunity to gain a glimpse of what it is like to be homeless by ‘sleeping rough’ for one night. Your participation raises awareness of the realities facing people experiencing homelessness. Hosting an event allows you to fundraise for Vinnies and these funds will be used to assist Vinnies in providing vital services to help combat this issue.

Mini Vinnies and High School Conference

Our Mini Vinnies program is designed for primary school children. 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.

Buddy Days

Buddy Days are a one day activity, in which children aged 5-12 years participate in recreational or educational activities (such as sports days, craft days, movies, ice skating or swimming), and  are generally held once per term. Participation in a Buddy Day is made via a referral from Vinnies Youth and/or a local St Vincent de Paul Society conference. 

Appeals - winter and Christmas

Vinnies hold two appeals per year – winter and Christmas.
The focus of the winter appeal focus is to collect warm clothing, blankets and canned food to be distrusted to the community. We can supply winter appeal posters which can be posted around the school to raise awareness of the campaign. Schools can hold a winter clothing, blanket and food drive and we can supply clothing bins and collect them at the conclusion of the event.

The Christmas appeal focus is on collecting toys and vouchers to be distributed by Vinnies at Christmas to those who may otherwise miss out.  Schools can have a wishing tree for students and staff to donate toys and non-perishable food and Christmas goodies for inclusion in Christmas hampers.

Schools can have a white donation bin in the school on a permanent basis as a place for collection of clothing, blankets and household items.  The bin is collected free of charge on a regular basis.  

Guest speakers from Vinnies

Vinnies staff and/or volunteers can attend schools to cover a range of topics including;

  • Social justice
  • The history, work, values and mission of St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty
  • Social justice
  • Volunteering
  • The importance of fundraising and philanthropy
  • Faith in action
  • Winter appeal
  • Christmas appeal
  • Migrants and Refugees

Presentations can be done as workshops, at assemblies or to small groups or classes. Vinnies can also engage with school staff via staff meetings and professional development days.

Volunteer placements in shops and other sites

Students who are 15 years old and over can volunteer in a Vinnies shop for their school’s placement program. Places are limited, so it is important to book in early to secure the dates you require. Minimum placement is equivalent of three full days, and students must also take part in induction training prior to commencement.

To learn more about the student placement program click here.

Emergency Relief Support & Home Visitations

Home Visitation has remained the core work of the Society since 1865 and assists individuals and families in times of need through the provision of Emergency Relief Assistance.

The Society's Assistance Line is the first point of contact for many people seeking assistance. If you have families in your school who require assistance please call our Call Centre on 1300 729 202 weekdays 9:00am to 1:00pm. 

Visits to Vinnies sites and services

A visit to a Vinnies site enables students to see the work of Vinnies staff and volunteers first hand.  There are four possible options for visits;

Vinnies Shops

There are 36 shops located across the states in both metropolitan and regional areas. The money raised by the sale of goods in the shops funds our work in the community.

Vincentian Centre

Located on Whitmore Square, the Vincentian Centre provides crisis accommodation for up to 49 men.

Ozanam House

Ozanam House is an ideal location to bring small class size groups for a presentation and is centrally located on Franklin Street in Adelaide’s CBD.

School fundraising

Schools have been fantastic in raising awareness and funds for Vinnies. Here are just a few ideas of how schools can hold their own fundraising activities to help with much needed funds for Vinnies.
 

  • Pancake day
  • Sausage sizzle
  • Fashion parade
  • Walkathon
  • Cake/cookie stall
  • Quiz night
  • Disco
  • Collection tins at fetes/events
  • Can/bottle drive
  • Readathon
  • Small business enterprises
  • Chocolate sales
  • Pyjama day
  • Music or talent night
  • Odd sock day 
  • Raffle
  • Pizza lunch
  • Cookbook sales
  • Student art exhibition
  • Colour run at school
  • Casual day
  • School sleepout

There is no limit to the ways schools can raise money for Vinnies. We would love to hear your ideas.

 

TAS

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. 

VIC

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.


WA

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) 6323 7500
Street Address 9 Brewer Road Canning Vale WA 6104
Postal Address PO Box 1450 Canning Vale DC WA 6970
Email youth@svdpwa.org.au