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This week, Emma Bell from St Vincent’s support centre came into school to talk to the children about the help and support they provide for those who are homeless, or vunerable in the North East.  St Vincent’s  is part of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, known as the SVP.  Our Mini Vinnies are part of the same society and will be supporting the centre in the future.

Every week, the centre feed around 200 people at Vinnie’s Cafe in Blackfriars, Newcastle.  They are provided with a free three-course meal, a friendly welcome, a warm place to be and company. People attend for many reasons. Some are street homeless or living in hostels, whilst others are on low income or isolated and in need of company. Whatever their reason, all are welcome.

All meals that are served at Vinnie’s are made from food donated by  local supermarkets, Fareshare as well as local companies and schools. As well as free hot meals and refreshments, they also provide food parcels from their food bank, clothing, toiletries, sleeping bags and blankets.

They also have a supported housing service which provides accomodation and support for the homeless.




After writing a letter to our MP, Liz Twist, the School Council were invited to visit the Mayor in her parlour.   The children met the macebearer, Nigel Hall,who explained about the history and symbolism of the mace. It is the symbol of authority and democracy and must be in place at all council meetings.  He… Continue Reading

Matthew Wilders, a past pupil of St. Mary & St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School has been on a VSO placement to Kenya from October to December 2018.  On Friday Matthew came back to school to talk to the children in KS2 about his placement and about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  These goals tackle a… Continue Reading

Well done to everyone who took part in CAFOD’s Give it Up Challenge this Lent!  Altogether we raised £245 which will go towards helping families like Rabiul’s who do not have enough to eat. We have raised enough to buy 30 ducks and a protected pond for a family to breed fish!  Or enough for… Continue Reading

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