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  • Auschwitz survivor moved by Anzac Day honour

    Anzac Day means different things to different people. Frank Smolen, who turns 100 in October, survived Auschwitz. When Nazi Germany occupied his country, Frank joined the Polish Resistance. He spent about three years in this infamous concentration camp...

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  • Young Carer Mentor Program a lifeline for kids

    On the surface, Xavier Bulger is your typical 12-year-old. The Mooroopna local loves fishing, cars, motorbikes, and is adjusting to life at high school. But look closer and you’ll see Xavier is dealing with issues far beyond his 12 years. Xavier’s mum,...

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  • The secret to a happy life

    Life changes in many ways when you retire.  One thing that remains the same is the importance of friendship and remaining socially active. For those who need proof, researchers say that having friends can improve your survival odds by 50 per cent and...

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  • Crafty Carol says goodbye to Gateway

    Carol Pickering is a volunteer at Gateway Services, Wantirna. She has been supporting people with a disability at our services since 1979. The 74-year-old grandmother of two has seen a lot of changes over 39 years and still gets a real kick out of sharing...

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  • New role builds connections

    VMCH’s Community Services team has extended its reach to support seniors in metro and regional Victoria with the appointment of four new roles. Since December, Community Development Officers (CDOs) have been busy getting to know service providers and...

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  • Bonnie Doon seniors get physical

    Move over Jane Fonda, there’s a group of lively ladies in Bonnie Doon picking up the exercise pace. Mansfield resident Patricia Morris is one of around ten seniors who’ve recently joined the Bonnie Doon Wellness Exercise Program, run by Villa Maria Catholic...

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  • Media statement

    On Wednesday, April 5, a group of nine children with disabilities supported by Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ (VMCH) Flexible Respite Service visited Waverley Cinema in Mt Waverley. The group, accompanied by six support staff and one parent, planned to...

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  • Flu season looms

    Have you had your flu immunisation yet? Last year was a killer flu season in Australia. Figures collected by ABC’s 7.30 program showed more than 370 confirmed influenza deaths in Australia 2017. Many of these were in aged care residences. Villa Maria...

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  • Long Table Talk

    On Thursday 22 March, VMCH CEO Sonya Smart hosted the inaugural ‘Long Table Talk’ at St Joseph’s Mews in Hawthorn. Established to provide VMCH staff members from across Victoria to have conversations that matter to our organisation and sector, the topic...

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  • Heat won't stop playtime

    There is a reason that these new preps at specialist school, St Paul’s College, are jumping for joy. They can play more comfortably with their bikes, scooters and balls when it’s hot thanks to these new sail shades. The sail shades were installed just...

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