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Family News

Where did you come from before joining VSK?Previously I coordinated StandBy Murray, a support after suicide program delivered across the Murray region. This involved supporting individuals, families, and communities bereaved or impacted by suicide, and commun... Read More


Categories: Family News

With the rebuild of the hospice due to start in December 2020, we have been trialling an in-home care pilot which has been met with a positive reaction from the families involved. Read More


Categories: Family News, Very Special Kids News

Like many couples, Katy and her husband Maurice were so excited to start their family.So, in December 2014 when they found out they were not only pregnant, but pregnant with twins, they were over the moon.Katy went on to have a normal and healthy pregnancy, and in August ... Read More


Categories: Family News, Fundraising News, Very Special Kids News

The Very Special Kids Fair was held on Saturday in glorious sunshine, and raised over $95,000 for families caring for a child with a life threatening condition.The grounds of Very Special Kids in Malvern were a hive of activity with families enjoying a great day out. Children... Read More


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Dear Damien and Dominic,I loved you before I ever met you.When your dad and I found out that we were going to be parents for the first time, we were so excited we couldn’t wait for our family to grow. Finding out that our family would grow by two just doubled our excite... Read More


Categories: Family News, Fundraising News, Very Special Kids News

Meet Heidi Barber, she's one of our Family Support Practitioners who works with families across the Mornington Peninsula.How long have you been at VSK?I have been a Family Support Practitioner with Very Special Kids for 14.5 yrs.  I was based at our Ma... Read More


Categories: Family News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News

The 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival was a great success for Very Special Kids as the Victoria Racing Club’s (VRC) official charity partner. We are thrilled to have raised over $440,000 through the Pin & Win Campaign so far, with donations still being received.Very Special K... Read More


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As many of you may be aware, our hospice is set to be demolished and rebuilt from December 2020.It was built almost 23 years ago and, because technology and clinical care has advanced since then, it was decided that a complete rebuild was needed to ensure we provide... Read More


Categories: Family News, Fundraising News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News

What is your role at VSK? PhysiotherapistFor someone who might not understand what this means, can you briefly explain?In general, paediatric physiotherapists have skills in managing children with a wide range of conditions which aff... Read More


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Ryan and Karen Fowler are on a mission help ease the heartache of other Australian families following the death of their toddler, Rio.At just 16-months of age, Rio spent 40 days in hospital with what appeared to be gastro but the toddler rapidly became sicker, eventually bein... Read More


Categories: Family News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News