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By Pauline Hammond, Grampians Region Family Support PractitionerTwenty-two bereaved parents are looking expectantly at us, and we can feel their uncertainty as we commence the Very Special Kids Bereaved Parent Weekend at a retreat in Hepburn Springs.For Jenni and I, Famil... Read More


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Can anyone truly understand the long and short-term impacts on a child following the death of their sibling without ever going through it themselves?It’s this notion that led to Very Special Kids Family Support Practitioner Meg Chin embarking on her PhD When a child dies fr... Read More


Categories: Family News, Very Special Kids News

Long term volunteer, Jane Ansell,  recently received her 25-year volunteer service award and we are incredibly grateful for her ongoing commitment to Very Special Kids. Jane reflected on how she came to be involved with Very Special Kids and the rewarding nature of volunteering.... Read More


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We are thrilled to announce that this year’s 24 Hour Challenge has raised over $690,000…and counting!This year some participants took on the challenge virtually throughout the month of May, and those who were to be joining the onsite event got creative as they completed t... Read More


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On Friday 21 May, Melbourne’s cycling community came together for the return of the Autumn Classic.The competition was fierce and the fundraising result extraordinary with over $230,000 raised for the children and families in our care.Fourteen teams took on six tough vi... Read More


Categories: Fundraising News, Very Special Kids News

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May 2021

“Very Special Kids makes a massive difference for us because they don’t just help the child, they help everyone in our entire family,” said Mel, Wil’s mum. At a routine pregnancy scan at 31 weeks, Mel was told her precious baby was going into heart failure and needed... Read More


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Family Support Practitioner Angela Flood is supporting families out of a new office in South Morang, expanding our sibling days to the area.On a slightly breezy April day, 12 children gathered for the first ever Northern Sibling Day at the Galada Community Centre in Epping. I... Read More


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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 Music Therapy p... Read More


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

How did COVID-19 impact the way you were able to support families in 2020? 2020 – Well what a year it was. In hindsight whilst it was somewhat crazy and at times surreal, it was also a tremendous learning experience both professionally and personally.COVID-19 impacted ever... Read More


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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