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  • An innovative approach to dementia

    An innovative approach to supporting people living with dementia is brightening the lives of seniors and their families in Sunshine North. St Bernadette’s Community Respite House – run by not-for-profit organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes – has introduced...

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  • Celebrating 100 years of inclusiveness

    In 1907, a young, courageous and partly-blind woman, called Louisa Fawkner, led a group of volunteers to establish the Catholic Braille Writers Association, later called Villa Maria. From those humble beginnings of transcribing Catholic literature into...

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  • Jim ensures June's legacy lives on

    It’s hard not to shed a tear when listening to James ‘Jim’ Wells talk about his wife of almost seven decades. He lost his beloved ‘Junie’ to dementia 12 months ago, and the grief is understandably raw. “She stood beside me for nearly 70 years…never put...

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  • Teach & Tumble raises $135,000

    Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ (VMCH) major fundraising appeal for the year has raised $135,000 to buy new toys, digital resources and equipment for a service that supports young children with additional needs. About 150 children, who use VMCH’s Early Childhood...

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  • Arts in Action wins CHA award

    Congratulations to the VMCH Pastoral Care team for winning Catholic Health Australia’s (CHA) 2017 Arts in Health award. The team accepted the award and $5,000 prize at CHA’s National Conference in Hobart on Wednesday, August 30. The innovative VMCH...

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  • More support for Gippsland seniors

    Newborough senior Sylvia McGregor says without support from Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) – she would need to move into aged care.  Sylvia is one of 120 Gippsland seniors who access home care packages (HCPs), carer support and health and wellbeing...

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  • Positive ageing

    Embrace your new life  ‘Positive ageing’ is a term used to define the process of keeping a positive attitude, feeling good about yourself, staying fit and healthy, and engaging fully in life as you get age. It’s also about recognising that as an older...

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  • A marathon effort

    What do you do when you’ve successfully run a marathon? Some would say cross it off the bucket list and enjoy a well-earned rest. Others, like Scott Butterworth, decide to up the ante! Scott will tackle 50km of trail running in the 2017 Surf Coast Ultra...

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  • Liz maps the way to a better customer experience

    Liz Ellis is the new SEEDS Customer Experience Officer. Her role will see her engage with customers, family members, staff and other stakeholders to understand their customer experience with SEEDS and constantly improve it. The community at our specialist...

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  • New garden is accessible to all

    A severe acquired brain injury (ABI) cruelly takes away many of life’s simple pleasures. Daily routines, work and hobbies can all become too hard for people who have a severe ABI and they need help to do many things they once easily did on their own.  A...

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