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Holistic palliative care for children and young people

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About us

Very Special Kids provides holistic palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions as well as tailored support for their families – through life, death and bereavement. 
We support families across Victoria at Very Special Kids House, home to the state’s only children’s hospice.

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Counselling

We provide counselling and emotional support for each family member to help them through their journey with a life-limiting childhood illness.

At Very Special Kids we have a highly skilled team of professionals including social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, family therapists and play therapists to provide tailored support.

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Clinical support

Our hospice at Very Special Kids House offers children and young people respite in a home away from home, surrounded by the very best care from our doctors, nurses, carers and trained volunteers. And if the time comes, we provide palliative care at the end of a child’s life to make their last days as special and comfortable as can be.

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Three ways you can help Very Special Kids

Footy Fever

Join us as we celebrate the greatest football rivalry in more than 100 years of AFL/VFL history – Carlton v Collingwood. Be treated to a delectable lunch and drinks, live entertainment, raffle and not-to-be-missed auction items.

 

Volunteer

Volunteering is a rewarding way to make a difference in the lives of children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. At Very Special Kids, we rely on the support of our dedicated volunteers to help us provide essential services and support to families in need.

 

Donate

Your support can make a difference in the lives of children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Every donation to Very Special Kids helps us provide essential support services, including counselling, clinical care and respite care, to families in need.

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Our Space – online bereaved sibling group

We invite all 5 to 12 year old bereaved siblings to drop into our zoom session each month.

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All about our magic carpet

Very Special Kids' Mobile Magic Carpet sparks joy, imagination and movement for children of all ages and varied abilities.

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Footy Fever

Join us as we celebrate the greatest football rivalry in more than 100 years of AFL/VFL history - Carlton v Collingwood.  …

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Stepping up to the treadmill for 24-hour care

On Friday 24 to Saturday 25 May, our very special community stepped up to the treadmills to take on 24 hours of…

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Creating Memories

Bereaved parents are invited to attend regular scrapbooking sessions facilitated by coordinator Gerry Silk.

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Notes of appreciation for our volunteers

Celebrating our very special volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week!

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Peer mentor information session

Information session on becoming a bereaved parent mentor with Ladybird Care Foundation.

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‘It’s not all sadness’: How to cope when a child enters palliative care

Two very special mums, Mel and Kat, share their experience with paediatric palliative care and how Very Special Kids supports them and…

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Online Bereaved Parent Support Group

The evening provides an opportunity for parents state-wide, or even interstate, to come together in a virtual space from the comfort of…

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Marley’s story

Meet eight-year-old Marley, a regular guest at Very Special Kids House.

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Our Space – online bereaved sibling group

We invite all 5 to 12 year old bereaved siblings to drop into our zoom session each month.

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Cara takes on the 24-Hour Treadmill Challenge

Meet nine-year-old Cara, who is taking on the 24-Hour Treadmill Challenge for the fifth year, raising funds for sick children.

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Mittagundi Adolescent Camp

Teaming up with Mittagundi Outdoor Education Centre, siblings aged between 14 and 17 years old are invited to a unique 5-day camp…

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The vital role of a nurse at Very Special Kids House

Meet some of our incredible nurses, who care for children at Very Special Kids House

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Northern coffee morning

Join us and meet other Very Special Kids families for a morning of conversation and coffee.

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The history of Bereaved Mother’s Day

Three very special mums shared their thoughts and feelings on how difficult this time of year can be.

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Pakenham Bowls Day

Join us for a very special day of lawn bowls, drumming fun, face painting and a free BBQ lunch!

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‘All about me’ sibling day

Very special siblings and their families reflect on our recent school holiday sibling day

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Lord Somers family camp

Join us for a weekend escape with your family in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.

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The power of the Youth Advisory Group

Jude, a very special sibling and Youth Advisory Group member reflects on the impact of the group.

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Online Bereaved Parent Support Group

The evening provides an opportunity for parents state-wide, or even interstate, to come together in a virtual space from the comfort of…

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A Very Special Ladies Lunch

On Friday 15 March, we heldp A Very Special Ladies Lunch, raising a record-breaking $124,000 for children and young people with life-limiting…

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Creating Memories

Bereaved parents are invited to attend regular scrapbooking sessions facilitated by coordinator Gerry Silk.

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Running for Annie

Ryan is running in the Nike Melbourne Marathon, for his daughter Annie who receives care from Very Special Kids.