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Read about the wonderful people living, working and volunteering in our villages. They each bring life and energy to our thriving village communities.

When Yvette Young needs time away from her busy schedule at Currie Park, the chances are you will find her in the village’s rose garden.

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There is little that Bruno Zielke has not tried or turned his hand to. He has been a 100 metres sprinter, a gymnast, a rock climber, and a weightlifter representing Hawthorn. Today he still weight trains, and has taken up chess, writing, walking and reading, and is enjoying life in retirement at Leith Park.

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Vicki Short sets herself a daily challenge: to make just one person in Liscombe House smile.

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There’s something special about the kitchen in Sue Picot’s ground floor Rushall Park apartment which she loves.

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This tax time, please give to help grow a garden.

‘Life doesn’t just stop when you move into aged care’. Marcie, an 86-year-old resident, told me this when I asked her what she thought about living at Liscombe House. Like many of our residents, she’s an avid gardener and spent much of her early retirement out in the garden.

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If you want to be happier, try volunteering. That’s the advice of Kim D’Angelis who coordinates OCAV’s 205 volunteers across each village and Liscombe House.

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Electrician by trade, Edmund White has landed on his feet with his first volunteering experience in Australia.

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There has scarcely been a day since Diane O’Connor turned 18 that she has not volunteered for one organisation or another.

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When it comes to technology, there is little that volunteer Ben Kuhar does not know, and if he does not have an answer, he will find a solution.

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OCAV

May 5, 2021

In our submission  to the Victorian Government’s Ten-Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy for Victoria. In it we argue that all levels of government have to treat affordable housing as essential infrastructure. We called on the government to produce more housing that is suitable for and available to older people at risk of homelessness, and especially older women.

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Josephine Katite may be a long way from Kenya, where she was born and lived until 2005 but the experience of looking after her elderly grandparents is very much with her every day in her work at Liscombe House.

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