Catholic Life

Visits to Hadrian House

During May, some Mini Vinnies have visited Hadrian House in small groups to visit the residents and join with them in activities.  They have been painting, making banana muffins and playing dominoes and snap! The children and the residents have greatly enjoyed each other’s company.

Next term more children will have the opportunity to visit the home and meet the residents.


Foodbank Assembly

Foodbank Assembly

Today, a representative from the Blaydon Foodbank came to talk to the children in assembly. Lucy explained that the foodbank work to tackle food poverty and hunger in our local community. She explained that everyday people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A simple box of food makes a big difference to many families, with foodbanks helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.

Many local schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank to help and support people within our communities who are in need.

As a school, we have decided that we would like to work together to help people in need in our local community through the Blaydon Foodbank.

We have set up a food collection point in school and the children are invited to donate some non-perishable foods and toiletries over the next couple of weeks. These may include; breakfast cereal, soup, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, tinned beans, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits and snacks.

Year 2 visit the Foodbank

Year 2 visit the Foodbank

On Friday morning Year 2 walked along to the Blaydon Foodbank.

Having collected a HUGE amount of generous donations over the last couple of weeks, Year 2 helped Lucy and Maxine sort the food at the foodbank. Some children were then able to pack some bags of food suitable for 1 person.

Everyone had a lovely morning and the children feel very proud of the work they have done to help people in need in our local community.


A visit from St Vincent’s support centre, Newcastle

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.