Nelson Area Council
St Vincent de Paul Shops:
77 Vanguard Nelson 0-3-548 9372
496-a Main Stoke 0-3-547 7351
11 A McGlashen Ave Richmond 03 - 544 0893
Youth Co-ordinator: Philippa Winch
Phone: 027 5441973
Primary School Vinnies
Primary School Vinnies make up 28% of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's membership. Throughout New Zealand there are over 70 primary schools that offer the Vinnies programme to students. In 2009, it was recorded that Vinnies in primary schools throughout New Zealand did on average as many as 1687 voluntary hours per week. Their activities include delivering meals-on-wheels; elderly visitation; food bank support and food drives as well as making scarves and hug rugs (polar fleece blankets) for people in need. However these are just a few examples in the huge myriad of community projects primary school Vinnies get involved in each year. These inspiring young people vary in age - most are in Years 7 and 8 but at some schools there are Vinnies who are younger than this. Primary school Vinnies show both enthusiasm and compassion in helping those in need locally, nationally and in other countries.
Secondary School Vinnies
Secondary School Vinnies make up 24% of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's membership. Throughout New Zealand there are over 30 secondary schools that offer the Vinnies programme to students. In 2009, it was recorded that Vinnies in secondary schools did on average as many as 1489 voluntary hours per week. Vinnies at secondary school level get involved in activities such as fundraising for worthy causes; assisting foster children and refugees; running food and clothing collections; helping people with disabilities to name but a few things. They work to not only meet the needs of people who require assistance in their own community but also offer help when disaster strikes in other parts of the country or when resources are needed in developing countries overseas. Vinnies at this level range from Year 9 - Year 13.
Young Adult Vinnies
Young Adult Vinnies make up 17% of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's membership and are involved through universities or parishes throughout New Zealand. There are approximately 14 Young Adult Vinnies groups in this country. In 2009, it was recorded that Young Adult Vinnies in New Zealand did on average over 200 voluntary hours per week. Their activities include catering for events, prison ministry, food and clothing distribution, children's programmes and foster care assistance. This however is just the tip of the iceberg. Basically Young Adult Vinnies just like those at primary and secondary school level, live out the Mission Statement of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul - of working to promote human dignity and justice through personal contact with those in need