NEWS

  • Why we should reach out to older, vulnerable people

    February 20 is World Day of Social Justice – recognising the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment. In keeping with the spirit, we’d like to share the story of Phillip May and how community support and secure,...

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  • Now is the time to seek help at home

    “As long as I can stay at home, I will.” Joan Griffith’s statement is a sentiment shared by the majority of older Australians whose health may be declining, but desire to live at home remains strong. Hoppers Crossing resident Joan, aged 82, has been su...

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  • Scammer alert

    The phone rings and a male voice on the other end of the line says he is from the Australian Taxation Office. He is polite and professional. Then he provides a phone number you can call to verify who he is. When you do that a recorded message informs you that you ...

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  • Friendship and fitness on the coast!

    Lois (pictured second from right) and six of her friends created a Ladies Walking Group back in 2012. The women meet every Tuesday morning to begin their 3-5km walk around the beautiful streets, beachfront and clifftop coastline of Torquay. “We know walking i...

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  • Seniors need to know about help at home

    Warrnambool resident Gloria Smith hadn’t heard of a Home Care Package (HCP) before she secured one. Like so many older Australians, Gloria feared declining health meant an inevitable move into aged care. Luckily, the local council referred Gloria and her part...

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  • Graduation marks end of an era

    Saying goodbye is hard, especially today for VMCH’s specialist school, St Paul’s College, in Kew. The school said goodbye to two much-loved students Anthony and George who graduated after 13 years at the school. It’s an extra special occasion because t...

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  • Thelma and Louise hit the road

    Margaret Russell and Bettina Williamson became friends after moving to St Thomas' Retirement Village in Greensborough. Known as ‘Thelma and Louise’ in the village, the ladies have shared much laughter, some tears and many adventures in caravan trips across ...

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  • Why Jack’s excited for the new school year

    When St Paul’s College students step onto their new school grounds – there’s one place six-year old Jack will beeline for. “Jack is a little guy who loves all things automobile,” his mum Gabrielle says. “Give him a truck, digger, train, bus, boat an...

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  • Volunteers lift spirits at Christmas time

    Eliska and her retired racing greyhound China are regular, friendly faces at St Catherine’s aged care in Balwyn. The secondary school student is one of more than 350 social visitors who make a real difference to the lives of older people in Villa Maria Cathol...

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  • Reach out to seniors this Christmas

    As Christmas and the holidays approach, many begin to feel a sense of joy and excitement as they prepare for the festive season. For others who experience social isolation, the holidays highlight feelings of loneliness and anxiety. A 2016 Lifeline survey found ...

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