Mini Vinnies

Minnie Vinnies support Joe’s Place

Last week, Lily, Jessica and Ella visited Joe’s Place in Gateshead to deliver food items which  the school had collected following Year 5’s Harvest Assembly.

Joe’s Place opens every Wednesday to provide a hot meal, drinks and companionship to people in need in the community.  This includes the homeless, refugees and asylum seekers.

“We have recently been to Joe’s Place and witnessed what it is like to have nothing and that is why we think it’s good to help them make Christmas goody bags to distribute at their Christmas Party. This includes toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, flannels, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant,tissues and woolen gloves.  Please help Joe’s Place bring joy to people at Christmas time by bringing in an item for the goody bags”

Ella, Jessica and Lily ( Minnie Vinnies)

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Youth Friday

This Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King and also designated Youth Sunday.  It also marks the end of the Year of Mercy.  On Friday,  the children watched an address by Bishop Seamus in which he encouraged the children to continue showing mercy to those in need in the year ahead. He thanked all the children in the diocese for all their efforts in showing mercy to others through food bank collections, filling shoeboxes, raising money for charities and many other initiatives.

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Supporting Our Community

Our class Assembly theme was about Harvest. As part of our assembly we decided to collect food for those in need in our local community. We donated dried goods, tins and non-perishable food products to ‘Joe’s Place’ in the heart of Gateshead. Joe’s Place is run by dedicated volunteers and opens its doors every Wednesday to support some of the most vulnerable people in the area.

Caleb and Evie represented our class by taking along our food donations to Joe’s Place. They met the volunteers and invited Mr McNeany (one of the volunteers) into school to raise awareness about how we can all support Joe’s Place. We are looking forward to  supporting Joe’s Place throughout the year.

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Minnie Vinnies

Minnie Vinnies are junior members of the society of St Vincent De Paul. The motto of the SVP is “Turning concern into action” and the Minnie Vinnie motto is See- Think-Do.  We meet on a Friday afternoon and think about how we can make a difference to people who need our help.  Anna and Erica put the motto into action when the baked cakes and sold them after church raising a total of £30!  Erica also ran a name the bear competition and raised £25.  The group decided to donate the money raised to the Heart Foundation and Marie Curie. Cancer Care.  Well done girls!photo 1