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How long have you worked at Very Special Kids?I’ve been employed at Very Special Kids with the Family Support Team since May 2008 – 12 years.How would you describe your role?My role within the Family Support Team as a Regional Practitioner is very diverse and at t... Read More


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“Aiden never uttered a word in his life, but if he could he would have said, I love you and thank you.”I’ll hold onto these words for the rest of my life.The best man at our wedding shared these words at our son Aiden’s funeral. To this day I still find peace and ... Read More


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I’ve only worked at Very Special Kids since November 2019 but it very quickly felt like my second home. My role is pretty much what you would think when you hear “personal care worker”, but I emphasise the role of caring. Whilst the physical care needs are important, so too... Read More


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

When people ask me what I do at Very Special Kids, I tell them that I not only care for very special children who have special needs but also their families. I explain to them that the children we care for are either there for respite or end-of-life care. They\'re amazed that suc... Read More


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I provide operational leadership, support and supervision to the hospice team. I manage staff rostering to provide safe effective care to our kids. I care for children with life limiting conditions and their families during respite stays and at end-of-life. I have been at Very ... Read More


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For over 14 years I have provided emotional support, counselling and advocacy to families or individuals in a family whose child has a life-threatening condition or has died from one. I also train, support and supervise family volunteers and facilitate a range of group therapeuti... Read More


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We are thrilled to announce the 24 Day Challenge has raised $349,616! Thank you to each and every participant, team captain and donor for their support.The 24 Day Challenge replaced the annual 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions. We were deligh... Read More


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Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week, celebrating the generous contribution of the volunteering community around Australia. At Very Special Kids, we are immensely proud of the commitment and generosity we see everyday from our incredible volunteers.This year\'s N... Read More


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How long have you been at Very Special Kids?I’ve been working at Very Special Kids for a little over five years, I started in December 2014.What is your background and what were you doing before Very Special Kids?I commenced my nursing training over 30 years ago, an... Read More


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The importance of play is well documented in early childhood literature. This importance is attached to the functions of play in assisting children to:express thoughts and ideas demonstrate emotions and understand feelings develop thinking and reasoning build relat... Read More


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