Vinnies News Weekly

August Week 02

LOVE KNOWS NO WALLS
Student shares her experiences whilst on a Vinnies outreach
Student shares her experiences whilst on a Vinnies outreach
Following the numerous projects committed to by Sancta Maria College, a recent school visit from the youth team provided an opportunity for the students to reconnect with why they do the things they do. Drawing upon various perspectives, the students noted that social justice calls the individual to be present and in communion with those they serve.


IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD
Auckland University Pacific Youth Development youth worker trainees
Auckland University Pacific Youth Development youth worker trainees

The Mother of Divine Refuge is dedicated to the housing and support of families who experience Domestic Violence. Over the years they have supported thousands of people to heal and today run numerous successful programmes that cater for youth and families.
Recently a class of Auckland University Pacific Youth Development youth worker trainees and their lecturer spent time listening to their poignant testimonies and also their experiences, challenges and breakthroughs. Their was a lot of wisdom passed on. The students gathered that this was a precious time to have elders who take the time to walk alongside the youth.


SOCIAL INCLUSION

McAuley High School Vinnies
McAuley High School Vinnies

‘When we first ask why we are quick to exclude, we can then enact positive change’. This point was raised by the young women of McAuley High School as they unpacked the theme of Social Exclusion. The positive change in question was recognised as social inclusion – the call to bring one another together.


UNLOCKING STATISTICS

Students discuss their interpretation of New Zealand Prison statistics
Students discuss their interpretation of New Zealand Prison statistics

As part of today’s Vinnies meeting, a group of students from St Dominic’s College unpacked the theme of ‘Prisons’. They spent their lunchtime analysing some key statistics of the prison system here in New Zealand, and reflected on how this may impact on the wider society. Now better informed, they look towards how they can best assist the community and incrementally find ways to take action.


TO BE INCLUDED

St Paul's College Vinnies reflect on their 'in' and 'out' groups
St Paul’s College Vinnies reflect on their ‘in’ and ‘out’ groups

Pictured below are the young men of St Paul’s College who reflect on the theme of “Social Exclusion”and how the dignity of others is upheld when we take the time to be present and listen. It was quite an insightful and challenging session for the students as it provided an opportunity to call to mind that which we often deduce as our ‘out group’ from ourselves and from society.


PREPARING FOR SOUPTEMBER

Tertiary Vinnies
Tertiary Vinnies

Recently the Tertiary Vinnies gathered for their monthly meeting. These young men and women are preparing for the annual “SOUPTEMBER” . This project entails the bulk making of soup for the families of those residing in the Ronald McDonald Houses.


REFLECTING THROUGH MIND AND ACTION

Carmel College Vinnies
Carmel College Vinnies

Recently the students of Carmel College Vinnies reflected on the theme of “Homelessness” where they discussed the implications for people who lack the basic needs and also the vital opportunities that are fundamental to one’s development and livelihood. It brought forward many feelings such as shock, gratefulness and most important of all – hope that their ongoing actions will make a difference.


GETTING CONNECTED

St Mary's College gain an insight into the details of their upcoming service project
St Mary’s College gain an insight into the details of their upcoming service project

In preparation for an upcoming immersion experience into the community, the students of St Mary’s College dedicated today’s meeting to getting connected with the heart of their mission as young servant leaders. We look forward to seeing the upcoming immersion unfold.


SERVING THE COMMUNITY

Marist College Vinnies
Marist College Vinnies
St Peter's College Vinnies
St Peter’s College Vinnies
Packing food items for the SVdP Foodbanks
Packing food items for the SVdP Foodbanks

As part of their service to the community, students from Marist, St Peter’s and St Mary’s College have been visiting their local SVdP Centre. Key activities included the organizing of bookshelves for the sale, merchandising, cleaning the shop, and packaging food for families. This project provides a platform for students to get to know their fellow community members through a safe and positive environment.


OUR CALL TO SERVE

Liston College Vinnies
Liston College Vinnies

In preparation of their service projects for the local community, the young men of Liston College reflected upon their calling to serve. Discussion today was centred around those who are marginalised without a place to call home, and how we are called to remind ourselves that we belong to the same page and same book of life.


BRIDGING THE GAP

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As part of the role of a student leader in Vinnies, a gathering is held once a month to bring like-minded individuals together and develop their skills. A recent gathering provided an ample opportunity to bring in a couple of guest speakers to share some of their experiences in social justice present in the community. The information proved most invaluable, giving the students a deeper insight into how their everyday actions affect the immediate and wider environment.


LOOKING BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Students making budgets to better understand food insecurity
Students making budgets to better understand food insecurity

In alignment with the theme of ‘food insecurity’, the young men of De La Salle College reflected on the implications it has on the community, and how the variety of costs faced by differing lifestyles influences a families ability to put food on the table


FUNTIMES NEVER END

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Although some of the children and families have moved on to find their own homes it didnt stop this crew of Vinnies from Sancta Maria College from having fun together with a few of the kids and families who are still housed at this local emergency housing. We look forward to the new families and children who will be joining this community over the coming days that we will continue our journey of learning and creating a time of fellowship through the After-School programme.


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RECOGNIZING SERVICE IN THE COMMUNITY

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In recognition of their services to the local community, a group of young men from De La Salle were presented with special awards. These awards follow the the conclusion of their afterschool program for the resident families of Monte Cecilia Housing Trust. Each week the students lead the youth in a variety of activities such as sports, arts and crafts. The friendships formed a basis on which the youth could develop a sense of belonging.


CARRYING ON THE FLAME

As the students of De La Salle College conclude their programme at Monte Cecilia Housing Trust, the young men and women of Sancta Maria College are set to carry on the programme during the upcoming term. Prior to their service, the students gave their time to learn and train in the how to safely lead children during the after-school programme. Following this, the students visited the Monte Cecilia Housing Trust for a meet and greet with the management and staff. The students now look towards the programme unfolding over the remainder of the term.

Students of Sancta Maria College meet with the staff and management of Monte Cecilia Housing Trust
Students of Sancta Maria College meet with the staff and management of Monte Cecilia Housing Trust

FEEDING FAMILIES

St Mary's College students pack the foodbank
St Mary’s College students pack the foodbank

On behalf of the numerous families we seek to serve, the Society of St Vincent de Paul would like to thank you for your continued donations of food and clothing items. Equally so, the Society are most grateful for the weekly assistance of local students who stock and prepare food parcels for distribution to families.


QUALITY TIME WITH OUR ELDERS

Connecting in with our elders
Connecting in with our elders

The students of McAuley High School continue to visit the local rest home. As a regular occurence, each experience brings both student and elder closer together. From playing cards, to simply sitting down and having chat – the relationship that is fostered proves most enjoyable for all.


MENTORING AND TUTORING EDUCATION SCHEME 

MATES participants about to embark on a camp
MATES participants about to embark on a camp

In association with the mentors of the MATES Programme, the Vinnies Youth Team facilitated an input session around self-actualisation. The process consisted of physically unpacking different case studies in the form of personalised bags. The purpose of the camp was for the youth present to develop tools to assist in their journey beyond high school.


WORLD YOUTH DAY AUCKLAND EXPERIENCE

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Vinnies Youth delve into the meaning of Social Justice

The Auckland Catholic Youth Ministry (ACYM) team of the Auckland Diocese hosted a wonderful weekend in celebration of World Youth Day Auckland Experience. Youth groups from Catholic parishes all over Auckland came together in order to celebrate being youth and Catholic. Vinnies from across Auckland also came together for this occasion to connect with one another and celebrate their faith. The Saturday allowed a platform for the youth to delve into the meaning of social justice, and express this to their peers through video, speech, poetry and pictures. The day concluded with an evening liturgy consisting of testimony as well as praise and worship. Sunday was marked a day of celebration for the youth of Auckland; with keynote speakers and animations to connect those gathered to some of the realities in the community.

Youth from across Auckland gather in solidarity
Youth from across Auckland gather in solidarity

Alongside sending a Vinnies youth group to participate in the events of the weekend, a group of young adult Vinnies prepared over 2,000 sausages for the pilgrims of World Youth Day Auckland Experience. The task required many helping hands, however the task was easily completed and there was plenty to go around.

Vinnies group cater for over 1,000 World Youth Day Experience pilgrims
Vinnies group cater for over 1,000 World Youth Day Experience pilgrims