Who We Are
We are a children’s charity that helps approximately 850 families across Victoria who have a child with a life-threatening condition with ongoing support from diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement. Sadly, many of the children we care for will not reach adulthood.
The free-of-charge family support services include counselling, advocacy, sibling support, bereavement support, networking and peer activities, trained family volunteers and specialist care at the Very Special Kids Hospice. Each family is supported in unique and varying ways according to their personal needs.
Our Very Special Kids Hospice is the only children’s hospice in Victoria where we offer families access to planned and emergency respite, as well as end-of-life care. The hospice provides 24-hour specialist nursing care in a warm and welcoming environment.
In addition to the children’s hospice and main offices in Malvern, Very Special Kids is committed to providing family support across Victoria through offices in Brunswick, Ballarat, Bendigo, Hastings, Pakenham, Shepparton, Torquay and Port Fairy.
It costs more than $9.1 million each year to operate Very Special Kids and we rely substantially on generous fundraising support from corporates and the community to provide our services free-of-charge to families. We have a calendar of engaging fundraising events, as well as a number of programs for you to donate to our important children’s charity, such as workplace giving, leaving a bequest and our regular giving program.
Very Special Kids was established in 1985 and we now have more than 100 staff and 953 volunteers to support these children and families through the hardest time of their lives.
Very Special Kids welcomes people of all backgrounds and respects that the families we support are different in many ways including country of birth, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion and ability.
Very Special Kids is proud to display the Registered Charity Tick to highlight our charitable status through The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s Charity Register.