Hospice is a philosophy of hospitality for those living with an advanced, progressive illness where active curative treatment is no longer possible, and who are not able to stay in or return to their previous home.
The emphasis at Hopewell is on living as full a life as possible in a home-like environment. Family and friends are welcomed, and encouraged to become part of the Hopewell community
To help create the homely environment, the grounds have been landscaped to create a Healing Garden where people can experience connection with the natural world and its multi-sensory elements.
For more information, log onto: www.hopewell.org.au
Through Paradise Kids, Hopewell’s services have been extended to children, young people and their parents in dealing with experiences of grief, loss and illness.
Since 1996, when the first Paradise Kids group was organised, various programs have been developed.
Many children, young people and adults have participated in Grief and Loss Support Groups, Boys Groups and Early Childhood Play Groups, as well as having the benefit of personal counselling.
In addition, the Illness Support Program works intensively with children with a long-term or terminal illness, and with their families.
For more information, log onto: www.paradisekids.org.au
Little Souls Taking Big Steps
To provide early intervention therapy based on the principles of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) to enable children with a diagnosis within the Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to reach their full potential.
We provide innovative procedures and facilities to help little souls take big steps forward and to ultimately reach their full potential.
Little Souls provides early intervention services to children (aged 2 to 6 years)with ASD and PDD. We also provide a unique child care environment for typically developing children who receive outstanding preparation for school as well as an appreciation for those of different abilities. The culture of our centre embraces the development of friendships and social skills for all children.
For more information, log onto: www.littlesouls.com.au
ACT For Kids
ACT for Kids is a not-for-profit organisation which gives direct parenting support to over 1,200 families through our network of ACT for Kids family centres.
We work with parents, governments, businesses, communities – and of course, children themselves – to give kids the safe and happy childhood they deserve.
We’re different from most other agencies of our type because we tackle both the causes and effects of child abuse. We go to schools to teach kids how to stay safe, and we speak up for kids through informational and social change campaigns. But we also run one-on-one counselling services for kids and families who are already suffering abuse-related trauma.
Formerly known as the Abused Child Trust, ACT for Kids is celebrating its 20th year of helping families keep kids safe in 2008.
For more information, log onto:www.actforkids.com.au
The Pyjama Foundation
Established in September 2004, The Pyjama Foundation recruits, screens, trains and supports community volunteers - Pyjama Angels - to read to children in foster care on a weekly basis.
The program offers foster carers support and a well-deserved respite. Our Pyjama Angels provide extra reading experiences for children in care to increase the number of books read to them.
For more information, log onto: www.thepyjamafoundation.com
The Domestic Violence Prevention Centre
The Gold Coast Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Inc is a dynamic human rights agency operating across the Gold Coast region.
The service works with women and women with children directly and with the criminal justice services to respond to men.
In the 2007 – 2008 year there were over 169,114 contacts with clients.
The priority focus for 2009 is “Not one more death from domestic homicide” and lobbying to ensure that when victims of domestic violence present at any location they get a high quality, consistent response rather than a “luck of the draw” response.
We are inspired in our work by the courage, hope and resilience of the many thousands of women and women with children who access this service.
We believe that, “one person’s voice is powerful and inspiring but many will make the change”
For more information log onto: www.domesticviolence.com.au
There are over 6,500 young Australians with full time care needs living in aged care facilities, and 700,000 more being cared for at home with the assistance of friends and family.
There are few options, and there are many in desperate need of support and assistance.
Youngcare has committed to addressing the situation by creating awareness and delivering real change to provide choices in care and accommodation options for young Australians with 24/7 needs.
Every young person deserves a young life regardless of their care needs.
For more information log onto: www.youngcare.com.au