Our Vinnies groups run in schools across Australia. Getting involved with these groups is a great way to learn more about the disadvantage facing people in your community and what you can do to help others. There are lots of ways you can make a real difference in your community and on this site you can find activities and inspiration to get you started.

Getting involved with Vinnies is a great way to become a leader in your community, make friends and join a community of 25,000+ people across NSW who are volunteering their time to help others.

Students can offer their support by:

  • Helping to raise awareness
  • Learning more about social justice issues in their communities and what the St Vincent de Paul Society is doing to help
  • Joining campaigns to advocate for change
  • Getting involved in the Winter Appeal and Christmas Appeal
  • Running a School Sleepout
  • Fundraising

If you already have a Social Justice Group or other advocacy group in your school you’re welcome to use these activities in your group. 

If you’re in Secondary School and you’d like to start your own Vinnies or Social Justice Group then check out the Starter Kit for a step-by-step guide. Be sure to get support from a teacher to help you get it going. 

For volunteer opportunities outside school, check out the Youth Initiatives page.