Villa Maria Catholic Homes

486 Albert Street
East Melbourne Victoria, 3002

Villa Maria Catholic Homes is a leading not-for-profit organisation providing quality holistic services and life enhancing opportunities for older people, children and adults with a disability, their families and carers.

Formed through the merger of Villa Maria and Catholic Homes in 2015, the organisation is one of Victoria’s largest not-for-profit providers of disability, education, accommodation and senior services supporting around 6,500 people across the state and southern New South Wales.

An agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, every day of the year 2,500 staff and 500-plus volunteers respond to the unique needs of people and families we support with openness, innovation, creativity and flexibility.


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Volunteers Make a Difference in Aged Care

on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

National Volunteer Week started on May 21 and recognises the wonderful work volunteers do in their communities.  Mary is one of those volunteers and says that volunteering makes her feel closer to her family back in Malta.

Saluting Our Aged Care Nurses

on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

We love aged care nurses. Nurses have held the title as the most trusted and ethical profession in Australia for the past 20 years.  

Giving Older People with Dementia a Voice

on Monday, May 7, 2018

An innovative tool is helping aged care residents living with dementia to be heard, and making their end of life journey meaningful to them.

Auschwitz Survivor Moved by Anzac Day Honour

on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Anzac Day means different things to different people. Frank Smolen, who turns 100 in October, survived Auschwitz. When Nazi Germany occupied his country, Frank joined the Polish Resistance. He spent about three years in this infamous concentration camp after the Gestapo discovered his allegiance to the resistance.

Volunteering Enhances Marriage

on Friday, February 9, 2018

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.

Canine Volunteer Brings Joy to Seniors

on Friday, December 8, 2017

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

Help at Hand for Western Seniors

on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Margaret Lay was a woman used to doing things for others. The Gordon resident had found her calling in caring for children with disabilities and various volunteering roles until a severe back injury in 2000 turned her world upside down. Suddenly, Margaret became the one who needed care.

Villa Maria Catholic Homes Open Day Success

on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hundreds of people took advantage of the chance to see Villa Maria Catholic Homes' newest aged care residence, Star of the Sea, up close during its recent open day. 

Carer Support Keeps Retired Couple Together

on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Roseanne Boyle, 62, tries not to dwell on what she and her husband Steve have lost since his stroke in 2008. The pair, from Wodonga, had taken early retirement and were caravanning around Australia when Steve suffered the stroke, which has left him paralysed down one side of his body and reliant on an electric wheelchair.

Jim Ensures June's Legacy Lives On

on Friday, September 22, 2017

It’s hard not to shed a tear when listening to James ‘Jim’ Wells talk about his wife of almost seven decades. He lost his beloved ‘Junie’ to dementia 12 months ago, and the grief is understandably raw.

Retirees Welcome New Aged Care Residents with a Special Gift

on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A knitting group has crafted a warm and friendly welcome for the first arrivals at Torquay’s newest aged care residence. Villa Maria Catholic Homes will open Star of the Sea Residential Aged Care in October, located next door to its existing retirement village in Horseshoe Bend Road.

Montessori Approach Brings Joy to People Living with Dementia

on Monday, September 11, 2017

An innovative approach to supporting people living with dementia is brightening the lives of seniors and their families in Sunshine North. St Bernadette’s Community Respite House – run by not-for-profit organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes – has introduced the Montessori approach to its care delivery.

Arts in Action Wins Award

on Friday, September 8, 2017

Congratulations to the VMCH Pastoral Care team for winning Catholic Health Australia’s (CHA) 2017 Arts in Health award! 

Sri Lankan Seniors Connect

on Thursday, August 24, 2017

Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ (VMCH) innovative Multicultural Wellness Centre (MWC) in Wantirna South has expanded its reach to help connect more socially isolated seniors.

Student Volunteering a Win-Win

on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

When she’s not tied to her desk studying for her medical degree, Stella Ngyuen can be found hanging out with seniors at Villa Maria Catholic Homes Corpus Christi aged care residence.

Pain Relief Comes From Trying Something New

on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trevor Miller tried his first “proper” massage at the age of 82 and says it changed his life. The great grandfather of three, who lives in Melbourne’s south-east, suffers from lymphedema, lower back pain and what he calls the aches and pains of old age. 

Villa Maria Catholic Homes - Veterans Remember

on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Barry McKillop grew up in Hobart surrounded by rough seas and salty air.  The son of a cray fisherman, and grandson of Captain William McKillop, the last of the Tasmanian whalers, a career in the Navy felt like destiny.

VMCH Announces New CEO

on Friday, February 3, 2017

Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) has welcomed Sonya Smart as its new Chief Executive Officer. Her appointment follows the recent retirement of Greg Pullen and a competitive national search to find his successor. 

'Encore' Evokes Memories at Villa Maria Catholic Homes

on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

When Romany Flanderka created a playlist of her mother’s favourite Jazz music she suspected it would have a powerful impact on her.

Villa Maria Catholic Homes welcomes statement on older people

on Thursday, September 15, 2016

Villa Maria Catholic Homes welcomes and applauds the Australian Catholic Bishops’ stand for older people and its recognition of the important role they play in society in their recently released Social Justice Statement.

Men’s Shed Provides Mateship for Seniors

on Friday, June 17, 2016

Don’t let the tools fool you – this Men’s Shed is more than just a workshop, it’s a place of friendship and fun. This week (June 13-19) is Men’s Health Week; aimed at raising awareness and prevention of men’s health issues and to celebrate men’s roles within the community.

Comfort, Dignity and Respect at End of Life

on Monday, May 23, 2016

Palliative care isn’t the most popular topic. However it’s a subject most people will have to face at some point; either personally, or by the side of a loved one.

Generations Unite at Villa Maria Catholic Homes

on Friday, May 20, 2016

They are separated by generations – but united by the simple joy of sharing each other’s company. Each Monday, a group of youngsters from Beaconsfield Children’s Hub eagerly await a special group of visitors from Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ (VMCH) aged care residence in Berwick

Nurses the ‘Heartbeat’ of Aged Care

on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Compassion, respect and patience. These are the qualities of a special group of employees who are being celebrated today. Michelle Willison, Catherine Hammond and Karen Piper are among more than 1,000 nurses from not-for-profit aged and disability services organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) are being honoured as part of International Nurses Day (IND).

Memories: The Soundtrack of Life

on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Led Zeppelin, Frank Sinatra, ACDC, Aretha Franklin…the music tastes of seniors are interesting, diverse and surprising. The power of music is set to bring joy to aged care residents, reconnect families and help recover memories at Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH).

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