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The St Vincent de Paul Society appreciates the great support provided by schools. The Society in turn has a lot to offer students in terms of helping to deepen their understanding of social justice – particularly with seeing the needs of people in our own neighbourhood and beyond.

Here are a few initiatives that schools do a great job with supporting.

Winter Appeal – through fundraising, blanket/socks collections, non-perishable food collections, and in recent years, undertaking awareness raising events such as the much loved School SleepOuts.

Christmas Appeal – through the popular toy appeal, donating food items and making up Christmas hampers for families in need.

Assist-A-Student Program – Every $70 raised provides an educational scholarship for a student in a developing country for a whole year.

Vinnies Stores – Donating good quality, pre-loved clothes and toys which can be sold through the Vinnies Stores to help people in need

Many schools will tie in learning about and supporting the St Vincent de Paul Society with units of inquiry. Commonly these include units relating to social justice, community and volunteering.

See below for School Resources to download


The Youth and Education Team have developed eight workshops on different social justice topics that can be delivered at your school. The topics are:

  1. St Vincent de Paul Society
  2. Catholic Social Teaching
  3. Advocacy
  4. Homelessness

All workshops take 30 minutes and require the use of a projector for PowerPoint. Please let us know when you book if you would like a 30 minute activity to accompany the presentation. Workshops take place all over Victoria. If you are from a school in regional Victoria, let us know and a Youth and Education Team member will contact you when planning their next road trip to the area.

Members from your local St Vincent de Paul conference may also be very keen to speak with students and share how they help people in the local area. Contact a Youth and Education Team member who will assist in trying to arrange a conference member to speak at your school.

To request a workshop at your school, please complete the request form below




Mini Vinnies Festival Gatherings bring together students from a number of Catholic primary schools for prayer, reflection, experiential activities and an opportunity to showcase the social justice works their schools are involved in. They are fun days for the children which strive to give them new ideas and inspiration to bring back to their fellow classmates back at school.

Schools will be sent an invitation if there is a Mini Vinnies Festival Gathering in their area.

If your school would like to host a Mini Vinnies Festival Gathering, please let us know by completing the request form below






Doing Something About It’ 2013 – quick stats on works the SVDP does

Our Founders – webpage giving a short bio on the key people in SVDP history


Video clips

‘Soup Van Man’ – A video tribute to Frank who has been a volunteer on the Fitzroy Soup Van for our 40 years, hear his story

‘Home + Heart’ – Vinnies volunteers empower people in towns of all shapes and sizes across Australia every single day, no denying that their impact is particularly strong in regional and remote communities.

‘Vinnies Rebuilds Lives’ – An animation that tells the story of a real family that reached out to Vinnies after experiencing homelessness.

‘Be Part of the Solution’ – YouTube playlist of clips showcasing SVDP works

‘Do Something About it’ – 2013 TV advertisement (60 secs)

‘The Legacy of Frederic Ozanam’ – video tribute to the founder of the SVDP (thanks Vinnies NSW)



How would you spend $40? – put yourself in the shoes of someone in need



Supporting the Assist-A-Student Program

Organising a Food Collection

Organising food hampers and toys at Christmas

Organising a blanket/sock/beanie/scarf collection

Supporting Vinnies Stores

Holding a Vinnies School SleepOut

Supporting the Compeer Program

Privacy statement

The St Vincent de Paul Society collects and records basic information about schools with whom it has contact with. This information is stored on a secure electronic server. All information is available for the school to view upon request. View the official St Vincent de Paul Society Privacy Policy here.

The St Vincent de Paul Society will obtain written consent from the school before using photo or video images that identify children in any St Vincent de Paul Society publication.