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Hospice News

The story of Very Special Kids is the story of the thousands of heart-warming moments that our hospice has contributed to each and every year since it opened. Saturday 9 October is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day and an opportunity to celebrate that story with an eye to wha... Read More


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

Our wonderful community never ceases to amaze! We are excited to announce that A Very Special Day has raised over $700,000! Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who donated, shared our story, volunteered your time and helped us reach our target for ch... Read More


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

For someone who might not be familiar with music therapy, can you explain what this means? Music Therapy is a research-based health care service that utilises music to actively support people with their health, functioning, and wellbeing. Registered Music Therap... Read More


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

We are celebrating 20 years of Music Therapy at Very Special Kids!Today, Monday 1 March, is World Music Therapy Day and to celebrate, our Music Therapist Pip Reid has written a song to say thank you to the children and families of Very Special Kids.


Our Under the Sea school hospice holiday program has been a gone ‘swimmingly’ again this year!Children staying in the hospice joined in art therapy sessions, sensory activities and puppet shows. They also had the opportunity to meet, see and touch some friendly sea creatu... Read More


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

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Tabcorp (The Lott), launched with a generous donation of $100,000!Very Special Kids has a strong connection with The Lott, with Tatts being a major contributor to the building and running of our children’s hospice in the 19... Read More


Categories: Family News, Fundraising News, Hospice News, Piggy Bank Appeal News, Very Special Kids News

We’d are excited to introduce the hospice’s first ever occupational therapist, Leo Gnavi.Leo has held positions at The Centre for Cerebral Palsy (WA), The Cerebral Palsy League (QLD), Nauru Regional Processing Centre, Noah’s Ark Inc (Vic) and he also works part-time at ... Read More


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

Very Special Kids’ physiotherapist Belinda Luther has received a 2020 Churchill Fellowship to further explore physiotherapy in a children’s hospice by visiting the UK and Ireland next year.There are only 112 recipients nationally and, when travel restrictions change, Beli... Read More


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

Updated 17 February 2021Like many Victorians, we welcomed today’s news regarding the lifting of stage 4 restrictions.As an essential service, we will continue providing respite care at our hospice, home visits to families and again welcoming families to... Read More


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

Mandy Lobley remembers fundraising to fill pink pigs at school, but little did she know the fond memories she had of ‘the pig charity’ would later become such a big part of her life.In conjunction with her role as carer in the hospice Mandy is studying genetic counselli... Read More


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