NEWS

  • 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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  • Teachers share memories of a unique school

    In the next few weeks, teachers and students at VMCH specialist school, St Paul’s College say goodbye to its home of the past 61 years. The school’s Kew campus started as an ambitious project to provide blind children with a Catholic education back in Febru...

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  • Vale Gordon James

    One of Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ most loyal and generous supporters has passed away, aged 99. Gordon James was a life member of VMCH and his beloved wife Vera, who passed away 15 years ago, was a volunteer. Over the past 40 years, the James’ donated more ...

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  • Overseas visitors praise Montessori practice

    Villa Maria Catholic Homes has spent more than 12 months introducing the Montessori practice to improve the lives of people living at our 12 aged care communities across Victoria. Staff at our aged care residences are reporting great outcomes and it was wonderf...

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  • Volunteering gives Pat purpose

    You don’t need to school Pat Hanegraaf on the benefits of volunteering. The Shanagolden Retirement Village resident wasted no time signing up for a volunteer role at the co-located aged care community a few months after she moved in. That was five years ag...

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  • Pulling together to ease the housing struggle

    Victoria’s housing crisis is affecting thousands of people. Sadly, those most vulnerable are also dealing with serious issues like unemployment, illness or relationship breakdowns. Two years ago, Carol Pearson was at her wits end. Her disability pension was o...

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  • Excitement builds as school move draws near

    Preparing for the end of a school year, building a new school and packing up an old one – you could say VMCH’s specialist school St Paul’s College principal, Tim Hemphill, and his team are busy! He wouldn’t disagree, but they are loving it. The schoo...

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  • Familiar face joins Shanagolden

    The new manager at Shanagolden Residential Aged Care, in Pakenham, is not new to VMCH. Rose Andrew worked at VMCH’s Berwick Residential Aged Care for seven years before leaving to take on other opportunities in the profession. It’s great to have you back at...

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