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  • National Carers Week

    October 16-22 is National Carers Week – recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution Australia’s 2.8 million unpaid carers make to our nation. VMCH Community Services assist around 4,500 unpaid carers through a variety of respite and support...

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  • Carers Week 2017

    Roseanne Boyle, 62, tries not to dwell on what she and her husband Steve have lost since his stroke in 2008. The pair, from Wodonga, had taken early retirement and were caravanning around Australia when Steve suffered the stroke, which has left him paralysed...

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  • Shining a light on mental health and carers

    A Croydon mother-of-three is urging other carers to seek support and take better care of themselves. Mel Spencer is a full-time carer for her children aged 16, 14 and 11, who have autism.   She is sharing her journey as part of both World Mental Health...

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  • Serge's model hobby

    If you visit Serge Marini’s place for lunch, you’re likely to be eating on the couch. His kitchen table is reserved for model project work. Trains, planes and ships… he’s created hundreds over a lifetime. Serge moved to Shanagolden Retirement Village...

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  • A little help at home

    Guy Wesley is a man who likes to keep busy.  And while Parkinson’s may have slowed him down in recent years – the 82-year-old does his best to stay socially and physically active. Guy credits VMCH with helping him maintain his quality of life – at home...

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  • A delicious fundraiser

       Some caring secondary school students have raised $900 for VMCH specialist school St Paul’s College.  St Columba’s College students have developed a connection with St Paul’s College over the years that has included visiting the school and fundraising.  This...

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  • Caring for CALD seniors

    VMCH’s innovative Multicultural Wellness Centre (MWC) has expanded its reach to help connect more socially isolated seniors. The centre has gone from strength to strength since opening 17 months ago; building its Chinese and Filipino social groups to...

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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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