IKEA gives a very special makeover

Very Special Kids was recently awarded a $12,000 makeover grant in the latest round of IKEA’s Living Local Community Grants.

Very Special Kids was very excited to launch the new and improved counselling room today, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Helping those in need is a priority for both Very Special Kids and IKEA and the Grant utilised IKEA’s products, expertise and co-workers.

Families caring for a child with life-threatening conditions and bereaved families will now have the opportunity to express feelings, thoughts, hopes and fears with their Family Support Practitioner in a safe, functional and heart-warming space at Very Special Kids.

Very Special Kids is exceptionally grateful for everyone who voted and contributed to them receiving the grant, as well as the amount of effort put in by all of the IKEA staff and volunteers involved.

Not only were they all a delight to have in the Malvern office, but the thoughtfulness and attention to detail they displayed completely exceeded expectations. Very Special Kids looks forward to working with IKEA more in the future.

Very Special Kids Chief Executive Officer Michael Wasley says the charity relies on the Victorian community to help continue its services.

“Each year it costs over $8.5 million to operate Very Special Kids. Without donations and support from our community we would not be able to continue caring for these brave families.”

Children staying at the hospice, also created a heart-warming “thank you” piece of art with their Art Therapist for IKEA’s volunteers and staff, whom delivered the much needed makeover.