A 20 year old uni student started Vinnies way back in 1833. Responding to the poverty in the Paris of his day, Frederic Ozanam and some mates began visiting the homes of those in need, bringing food and firewood. These small actions were the first steps towards building the St Vincent de Paul Society into the international charity that it is today. This group of uni mates saw an issue and did something about it and then went on to build a worldwide community of members and volunteers who carry on in their footsteps.

Today, youth are taking action across Australia and carrying on this tradition in their communities. Vinnies youth run Conferences and Social Justice Groups who offer direct material assistance (such as food, clothing, and assistance with electricity bills), social support, and advocate on behalf of others. Vinnies youth also make up volunteer teams who run programs that offer support to fill a specific need in the community, including: safe and supportive holiday activities and camps for kids and teens; tutoring support for local students; gardening maintenance for people who are isolated or no longer able, and; packaging and delivering meals to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

Whether they are offering direct support or being champion advocates or fundraisers – these young people are making a huge difference in the lives of others.

You can take a stand against social injustice and support people in your community. Vinnies can provide the platform to meet likeminded peers, give you great volunteering and leadership opportunities and help you make a bigger impact.