For youth, by youth!

St Vinnies CrewThe Vinnies Youth Conference is a group of 16 - 35 year olds who meet fortnightly within Townsville.  The VYC focuses their attention on social justice issues affecting young people and children.  There are plenty of projects to become involved in if you seriously want to take action and make a difference in the lives of others.

Buddies Days

The Vinnies Youth Conference hold a Buddies Day once every two months, usually held on a Saturday.  Buddies Days are a great opportunity for disadvantaged children aged 7 - 12 years (Little Buddies) within Townsville to spend time out of the house, having a lot of fun!  A Buddies Day consists of a group of volunteers (Big Buddies) and a group of children (Little Buddies) coming together and having a great day.  Usually a Big Buddy (over the age of 16) is paired up with a Little Buddy for one on one interaction. Everyone that comes on Buddies Days day participates in fun activities, in places such as the Movies, Tenpin Bowling, Park Days and our massive end of year Buddies Day!  Buddies Days are currently being carried out with the assistance of the Townsville St Vincent de Paul Regional Council and Diocesan Council.   

Mini Vinnies

Children in primary school can begin participating in the St Vincent de Paul Society through 'Mini Vinnies'. A growing number of Catholic primary schools in Townsville diocese are establishing Mini Vinnies. Children typically do such activities as visiting the elderly in aged homes, raising money for charitable works, and collecting for Christmas hampers.

High School Conferences

Young people in secondary schools, Catholic or other, can establish Vinnies conferences. There are several in the diocese already, and a number of others considering starting. There is a good quality "College Conference Starter Kit" to help you start a group.

If you are interested in learning more about the Vinnies Youth Conference, contact the Townsville Youth Team for more information by emailing

Did you know...the St Vincent de Paul Society was founded by a 20 year old uni student?