Jul 2020

COVID-19 response

Updated August 3: Following on from yesterday’s State Government announcement to reintroduce Stage 4 restrictions across metropolitan Melbourne, and also the regional Mitchell Shire, we had to review our current situation.

As an essential service, we will not being closing the hospice but will have a maximum of four children at a time. We felt it was important to continue to honour the bookings for families who desperately need respite during this time. Therapy sessions, excluding physio, will need to be suspended in the hospice, but will continue to be offered online where appropriate. And, of course, end-of-life care will continue to be provided throughout the State.

Given the situation in Melbourne is constantly changing, we will continue to monitor the situation and will change accordingly, if required. However, this decision reflects our role as essential care providers within the health sector as well as the important role Very Special Kids plays in the lives of parents, siblings and children’s well-being.

Family Support Services will continue to be provided by phone, or video, with in-home visits on hold until it is safe to resume. Our Woodend accommodation is closed until it’s safe to re-open.

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on fundraising income following the cancellation or postponement of several events, resulting in more than $1.5m of lost income.

The current lockdown will further impact our fundraising capacity in 2020, resulting in further losses, which may affect our ability to deliver essential services.

We’d like to acknowledge the impact this pandemic is having on many families; and to highlight that we are committed to continuing our services the best way we can to help ease the stress and anxiety of this challenging situation. For up to date information on COVID-19, including assistance for culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and hearing and vision impaired people, click here.

We are still taking referrals for all services throughout the restrictions. Please click here for further information.

You can hear directly from some of our essential workers that have been on the front line throughout the COVID-19 pandemic here.

To help us continue providing vital support to families, please click here.

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