Mini Vinnies at Our Lady and St Kenelm Catholic Primary School in Halesowen have been awarded a Certificate of Merit in the Young Active Citizen Award 2021.

The certificate was recently presented to the Mini Vinnies at a whole school assembly by the Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Elizabeth Foster, in recognition of the children’s charitable activities in supporting those less fortunate than themselves.

Headteacher, Christine Finnegan, said: "We are so proud of all of our Mini Vinnies for all that you have done over the years to receive such an accolade. Well done each and every one of you.”

In presenting the award the Deputy Lieutenant praised the Mini Vinnies for turning their concern into action and for setting an inspiring example by being young active citizens.

Following the presentation the Mini Vinnies further explained their activities.

Mike Weaver, President of Our Lady and St Kenelm SVP Conference, Halesowen, said: "We are thrilled by the excellent example set by our young people.

“We trust their pursuit of the Vincentian Mission to turn concern into action will stay with them forever. We are extremely grateful to Christine and the school team for their whole-hearted support of the Mini Vinnie initiative."

Mini Vinnies are mini St Vincent de Paul’s. They are 7 to 11 year-olds based in schools and parishes across England and Wales, and in several other countries across the world.

They come together to form a part of the St Vincent de Paul Society England and Wales, a voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty in all its forms.

Picture caption: Pictures of the presentation and a group photograph of the Mini Vinnies with the Deputy Lieutenant and Mike Weaver.