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  • Kids put new equipment to the test

    Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ (VMCH) major fundraising appeal for the year has raised more than $140,000 to buy new digital resources and equipment for a service that supports young children with developmental delays and disabilities. About 150 children,...

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  • Taking the terror out of technology

    Ross Alcock used to help people understand computers for a living. That has not changed in retirement. The 78-year-old lives at VMCH retirement community Providence Village, in Bacchus Marsh, and residents there often turn to him when their gadgets break...

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  • Seniors are wild about Harry

    Volunteers come in all different shapes and sizes – and species! Harry the Labrador has become a firm, furry favourite among seniors at Willowbrooke aged care residence in Upper Ferntree Gully since he began visiting with his owner, Raelene Olsen, around...

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  • Connecting CALD seniors in Barwon

    It is hoped a unique, new support group for culturally diverse seniors in Warrnambool will help reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing. Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) is encouraging seniors aged 65+ years from Culturally and Linguistically...

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  • Stay fit and healthy at any age

    Physical activity is vital for health and wellbeing at any age. Exercise can help you think positively, recover from illness, aid weight loss and reduce the risk of disease.  VMCH physiotherapist, Ashutosh Porwal, shares his top exercises for staying...

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  • Lauren finds her calling

    Lauren Bisignano always knew she wanted to work with kids. But volunteering at Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ (VMCH) specialist school, St Paul’s College, in Kew, has solidified her dream to support children with disabilities. December 5 is International...

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  • Friendship and fitness on the coast

    Use it or lose it! That’s the realistic attitude towards exercise adopted by Star of the Sea Retirement Village resident Lois Harding. Lois (pictured second from right) and six of her friends created a Ladies Walking Group back in 2012.  The women meet...

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  • New VMCH office in regional Victoria

    Sean likes having a laugh, high adrenaline sports, keeping fit, playing wheelchair basketball and spending time with his adorable puppy, Ruby. The 28-year-old has cerebral palsy and has never let his disability or people’s attitudes get in the way of...

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  • Help at hand for Western seniors

    Margaret Lay was a woman used to doing things for others.  The Gordon resident had found her calling in caring for children with disabilities and various volunteering roles until a severe back injury in 2000 turned her world upside down. Suddenly, Margaret...

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  • Renovation dream close to reality

    Lachie, aged 13, is cheeky, lots of fun and loves a joke. One of his favourite things to do is visit VMCH’s Flexible Respite Service on weekends and during school holidays; getting out and about in the community, trying new activities, and making friends. If...

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