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  • Volunteering enhances marriage

    Could the secret to a long and happy marriage be volunteering? Laura and Ray Goldsmith, who in January celebrated 52 years of marriage, have been volunteering together at Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) Wantirna op shop for around 14 years. Spending...

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  • World Interfaith Harmony Week

    Here at VMCH, we embrace people from all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Our Catholic values including respect, compassion and inclusion, not only extend to how we treat the people we support, but each other. They also reflect the origins of a special...

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  • When to seek support from a psychologist

    Mandy did not want to go to school, she was sleeping a lot and had lost her appetite. Her parents were very worried and did not know what to do. Mandy’s intellectual disability, which affected her speech, made it difficult for her parents to uncover...

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  • Grandkids keep us young at heart

    Fish and chip night at Merle and Graham’s retirement community, Corpus Christi, in Clayton, would not be the same without one special visitor. Their five-year-old granddaughter, Chloe, often comes along to catch up with her “friends” and to have a chat. “She...

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  • Shanagolden Village - an ecological surprise

    Shanagolden Village has one of the last remnants of rare Gippsland Plains Grassland, a treeless ecosystem dominated by native grasses such as Kangaroo Grass with many herbs and wildflowers.  This vegetation type is considered endangered in Victoria and...

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  • Us Two - Elaine & Geraldine

    Elaine Butler and Geraldine Lock became friends after they both moved to Shanagolden Retirement Village in Pakenham.  They only met two years ago, but they joke and tease each other like old friends. They recently returned from a cruise around Europe....

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  • Kids put new equipment to the test

    Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ (VMCH) major fundraising appeal for the year has raised more than $140,000 to buy new digital resources and equipment for a service that supports young children with developmental delays and disabilities. About 150 children,...

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  • NDIS tips

        VMCH is a registered NDIS service provider and it has helped hundreds of people make the most of their opportunities under the NDIS. Here are a few tips from VMCH customers who are now part of the NDIS.  Orlando's story  Orlando attends VMCH specialist...

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  • Taking the terror out of technology

    Ross Alcock used to help people understand computers for a living. That has not changed in retirement. The 78-year-old lives at VMCH retirement community Providence Village, in Bacchus Marsh, and residents there often turn to him when their gadgets break...

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  • Seniors are wild about Harry

    Volunteers come in all different shapes and sizes – and species! Harry the Labrador has become a firm, furry favourite among seniors at Willowbrooke aged care residence in Upper Ferntree Gully since he began visiting with his owner, Raelene Olsen, around...

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