NEWS

  • Staff profile – Lyn Alexander

    Lyn has enjoyed many different roles at Carinya Respite Service in Lysterfield over the last 11 years. Today, as Lifestyle and Respite Coordinator, Lyn’s role includes the assessment of all carers and their loved ones living with dementia and the day-t0-day runn...

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  • Hampers lift spirits

    The festive season will be a little brighter for 500 people this year with the delivery of VMCH’s annual Christmas hampers. The hampers, packed and delivered by VMCH staff members, are given to financially and disadvantaged people accessing our services, incl...

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  • Private rental a burden for seniors

    Private rental became impossible for Gail Carter to cover after she lost her job as an aged care assistant in 2015. A diagnosis of depression, caring for her terminally ill mother and living with an abusive flat mate made her situation all the more dire. Gail w...

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  • My life, my home

    Wynne lives at VMCH’s retirement community Athelstan, in Camberwell. Nearly every table and cabinet in her beautifully presented home is bursting with her creations – porcelain dolls, sculptures, decorated eggs and painted plates. Then there are the paintin...

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  • Volunteers show home-grown hospitality

    Graham and Polly Sudholz don’t just open their hearts as volunteers, but also their home. The pair has enjoyed inviting young people with disability, or who act as young carers, for a day out on their beautiful rural property in Taminick, near Wangaratta, for...

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  • Time for our students and parents to shine

    Excitement is building around VMCH’s major fundraiser for the year – the Community Art and Craft Exhibition at the Hawthorn Arts Centre, on November 16 and 17. The event will raise money for specialist school St Paul’s College’s Discovery Centre of Imag...

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  • Blessings for Oasis

    Villa Maria Catholic Homes was pleased to invite its supporters and staff to the opening and blessing of a new and innovative service for children with a disability. Oasis, in Ivanhoe, is a purpose-built home that will provide short-term accommodation for child...

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  • Carer retreat creates connections

    Transitioning from primary to high school can be a difficult time for pre-teens, particularly for people with disability. Worries about not fitting in, new routines, meeting new people or making new friends are common. A new retreat run by Villa Maria Cathol...

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  • St Paul’s Overseas Aid says goodbye

    It’s the end of an era for a special group of volunteers who’ve supported thousands of children and their families across the globe for almost four decades. Each Thursday for the past 38 years, the St Paul’s Overseas Aid group could be found in the ‘Sta...

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  • Meet Joanne Walker, Pastoral Care Outreach Worker

    Joanne wears a couple of hats across VMCH. She provides social and emotional support to around 400 residents across 21 VMCH Affordable Housing sites, and also takes property maintenance calls from residents; ensuring sites and units are running as they should. ...

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