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Very Special Kids

Your donations at work (mid year update)

The following events have been facilitated since funding has been received from United Way Ballarat and The Ballarat Foundation.

Parents Support Group Lunch ‐ 11 families (20 people) attended this event.
Bereaved Mothers Support Group Coffee morning – 5 mothers attended this event.
Muscular Dystrophy Parents Support Group ‐ 5 mothers attended this event.
Mother’s Pamper Day/Support Group – 15 mothers attended this event.
Parents Support Group Lunch ‐ 15 families (25 participants) attended this event.
Dads Dinner ‐ 6 fathers attended this event.These events are designed to bring families together and provide parents and siblings with opportunities to network with other families sharing a similar experience. They provide peer support for siblings of children with a life‐threatening condition, tangible connections with Very Special Kids through contact with our local Ballarat Family Support clinician and, access to information about relevant services in the Ballarat region.  July 2015

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Families of children with life-threatening conditions have so many hurdles to jump as they navigate their way through what others can only imagine.

Established in 1985 Very Special Kids is an unique community-based not for profit organisation that supports families throughout their experience of caring for children with life-threatening conditions, from diagnosis through to recovery or bereavement. Currently supporting over 500 families who have a child with a life-threatening condition and over 300 bereaved families throughout Victoria, our mission is to improve the quality of life for families of children with life-threatening conditions. Sadly most of these children will not reach adulthood and typically around 10% of the children we care for will loose their battle for life each year, approximately one each week.

The services Very Special Kids provide in the Ballarat region are vital for families caring for a child with a life-threatening condition.  As a result of the Ballarat program, these families gain the support needed to get through each day, week, month and year.  Very Special Kids allows them to  increase their self-confidence as a carer, provides a safe and supportive environment that facilitates communication and sharing, forms positive relationships and support networks with families in the region experiencing similar issues and decreases the feeling of isolation.  These benefits create a better, well supported Ballarat community.

 

The funding we provide for this program is generated from Workplace Giving programs.
 

This organisation has received funding from United Way Ballarat in the following years:

2015

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