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.
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 245 fruit trees!
We are delighted to say that after submitting our evidence, we have contacted by the Fairtrade Foundation to say that they have awarded us with ‘FairAchiever’ status once again because of the outstanding quality of the school’s work and commitment to Fairtrade.
We showed that we continue to learn about Fair Trade in the classroom, use Fairtrade products and take action to promote Fairtrade in the school and wider community.
Thank you to everyone in the School who has learnt about, promoted and taken action for Fairtrade!