At the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria, we believe that education equals opportunity, and we know that education transforms and empowers lives! Our Education programs offer essential support to students and families in need with education expenses as well as tutoring programs, reading clubs and sporting programs. In addition, young Vinnies members also assist children and teens through camps and days out.

Our seven education programs help hundreds of young people every year to build confidence and explore learning, while we provide care and a weekly commitment to supported learning. 

The linchpin of our programs is a strength-based approach, which means we meet the young person where they are at, and focus on their skills and interest to direct their learning. We work on building a young person’s social and emotional confidence, too, the gateways to successful learning. 

We have witnessed remarkable outcomes from our Education programs. We know that providing that extra bit of support in the right places makes a world of difference to the students we support.

Take Minara, for example, who says “the Vinnies reading club changed my life”.

Read Minara's storyMinara is now at university but a few short years ago, she was struggling to learn English and complete her school homework. But after attending one of Vinnies’ homework clubs – and a great deal of her own hard work and determination – she soon started winning homework awards at school!

Then, with the encouragement and support of our Vinnies volunteers, she achieved her dream of being offered not one, but three university scholarships. Read more of her truly inspiring story.

And please join us in helping to unlock the vital potential of a group of young people whose contribution to our community is invaluable but might otherwise be missed if it were not for the Vinnies Education Programs – by donating to our Back to School Appeal.

Read more about how Vinnies is transforming and empowering lives through education: 

  • Meet Tegan who is the Bushfire Recovery Practitioner at Mallacoota P-12 College’s
  • Meet Ellie  who received a grant through our Bushfire Education Scholarship Fund


  • Our Education Programs

    Our Education programs offer support to students and families in need with expenses as well as tutoring programs, reading clubs and sporting programs.

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  • Thank you Marie

    Thinking to the future, Marie made a bequest to Vinnies Victoria's good works supporting her belief that a good education was the most important thing in life.

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  • Help kids get Back to School

    Every young person should have the opportunity to learn and thrive, but some Victorian children don’t have that opportunity. You can help by donating now.

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  • When Michael met Eamon

    Q&A with Michael Whalley, Harry Potter actor and Vinnies education volunteer, with Eamon, aged 8 Michael, who plays Ron Wesley in the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage show in Melbourne, became a learning assistant with one of Vinnies...

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  • Meet Ellie

    "I have wanted to be a teacher since I could talk. I couldn’t believe it when I found out that I had received the grant. It will make a huge difference..."

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  • Meet Tegan

    “Trauma work isn’t about the traumatic experiences. It’s about giving people the tools to do the processing themselves and understand their feelings.”

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