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The Hopewell Centre A Community of Hope and Wellbeing. The Visionaries and Founders. Mrs Deirdre Hanna and Rev Dr Ian Mavor OAM. Hopewell Hospice Services Inc. structure. President : Deirdre Hanna Vice-President : Dr Peter Lewis Executive Director : Rev Dr Ian Mavor OAM

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The Hopewell CentreA Community of Hope and Wellbeing

  • The Visionaries and Founders

Mrs Deirdre Hanna and Rev Dr Ian Mavor OAM


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Hopewell Hospice Services Inc. structure

  • President: Deirdre Hanna

  • Vice-President: Dr Peter Lewis

  • Executive Director: Rev Dr Ian Mavor OAM

  • Treasurer: Jan Bradnam and

  • Members of the Incorporated Association to a total of thirty.

  • Hopewell Board of Management:

    Ms Deirdre Hanna (Chair)

    Ms Betty Beverley

    Ms Jan Bradnam

    Dr Peter Lewis

    Rev Dr Ian Mavor OAM (Secretary)‏

    Ms Lata Milner

    Ms Ann Robilotta

    Mr Peter Watkins


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Hopewell HospiceResidential Palliative Care

  • Home-style hospitality for people with life-limiting illnesses who require permanent accommodation or respite care

  • Nursing care, ancillary services, complementary therapies and volunteer support

  • Counselling, pastoral care and spiritual guidancefor residents and their families

In 2005 on its 10th anniversary, Hopewell celebrated

the opening of the new premises at Arundel



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Wellbeing Programs : Heartstormers

Stress Reduction and Healthy Lifestyle Courses

WOW Tours (Wellness on Wheels)‏

Complementary Therapies

Meditation Classes

Courses and Workshops

Specialising in Counselling, Health and Spirituality

  • Volunteer Training Courses

  • Grief Counselling Courses – Children & Grief

  • Palliative Care Courses and other programs

  • Suicide Intervention Courses

  • Explorations in Spirituality and Worship

  • Grief and Transformations of Consciousness


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Simply Divine Cafe

  • Feed your body, feed your mind at our café and bookshop



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The first Paradise Kids Programs were held in a private house in Tallebudgera in 1997


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Grief, Loss and Illness Support Programs for children, youth and their families

  • Children’s Bereavement Support Groups at Paradise Kids House for children and their parents or carers including Boy’s Groups and Teen Groups

  • Education and counselling services for young people experiencing grief, bereavement or illness, or at risk of self-harm

Mireille Allan

Program Coordinator for Support Groups

Deirdre Hanna

and Dr Pamela Chalip, Children’s Counsellor


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PARADISE KIDS IN 2008 and their families

  • 32grief and loss programs helping 273 children and teens

  • 28 support groups helping 191 families

  • 800 one-on-one counselling appointments

  • 57 volunteers (not incl. interns) worked with children on average each term and provided 6,221 volunteer hrs throughout the year

  • 305 families approached us for help and attended the initial interviews (11/2 hrs each) where we provide support and information.


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Counselling Services and their families

Manager:Patrick Lynch

  • Supervision,

  • Bereavement Care

  • Co-ordination of Student Placements and other Volunteer Counsellors


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Grief and Loss Programs and their families

Help the children to

acknowledge and

express the normal

mixed emotions

of grief including

anger, hurt and

sadness, guilt

and fear.


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Storytelling with Paradise Kids and their families

The programs are a mixture of art, stories, discussion, music, movement and meditation to help children express thoughts and feelings from the heart.


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Patrick, Boys Group Buddies and Parents’ Group Facilitator, Kerrie

  • The Boys Group involves men and boys in trust activities


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Teenager’s Program Facilitator, Kerrie

  • Teenager’s programs are held over a full day


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The Illness Support Program Facilitator, Kerrie

  • Was written by Lizzi Swatland in 2004 in conjunction with the existing Grief and Loss Program.

  • The program was ‘tested’ on a little girl who had leukemia at that time in the Royal Children’s Hospital. She loved it and the program revealed a lot about what she was dealing with in her illness.

  • Lizzi realised she had a program that worked and so she went out into the community with it and the Illness Support Program was born.


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The Illness Support Facilitator, Kerrie Program

  • Children who are experiencing a serious illness;

  • Parents who need support in coping with the stress of their seriously ill child;

  • Siblings of sick children who need support in coping with pressures on the family due to long term chronic illness;

  • The program is available in Paradise Kids House as well as in their homes and hospitals.


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Our First Client Facilitator, KerrieAlec McEwan

  • Mum Theresa with Alec, Casper and Lizzi


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Illness Support Sessions Facilitator, Kerrie

Session 1

Gain Understanding of the Illness

Experience as a Loss

Accept change as a part of life

Identify family changes

Discover personal life changes

Recognise grief from loss and change

Session 4

Drawing Out Difficult Feelings

Recognise affect of feelings on behavior

See family pattern of expressing feelings

Identify personal difficult feelings

Learn healthy ways to express feelings

Session 5

Living well with Illness

Assess family coping skills

Identify support resources

Learn healthy coping skills

Session 2

Understanding Serious Illness

Define serious and other illness

Learn basic cause of illness

Identify body parts affected by illness

Assess understanding and misconceptions

Session 6

The Cycle of Life

Talking about death can help

Any unfinished business

Session 3

Feel the Feelings

Recognise and name feelings

Learn that feelings are all ok

Discover defense masks

Identify feelings about family changes

Session 7

Creating a New Future

Claim a new sense of self


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A safe supportive setting allows freedom to express a full range of feelings

- some comfortable, some uncomfortable – to allow the sick child and their family to have more understanding about loss of health and wellbeing.


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Reiki range of feelings

  • Lucy and Jonny

    (age 2)‏


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Kylie and Shane’s wedding range of feelings

The Wiseman Family

  • Geoff and Charlotte


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Outings with Paradise Kids range of feelings

Bailey, his mum Tiffany, Theresa and Leo Sayer at the Magical Scarecrow at Dreamworld. Also Amanda with daughters Piper and Lily.

Alix (third from left) with her sister enjoying a night out with her family at Dreamtime, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary


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All accommodation, range of feelings

Travel and transfers,

Attractions and visits to theme parks

will be at no cost to the family.

The first Family Holiday Programthanks to Vodafone’s $25,000 grant

Viv and Michael, Sharyn and Abbey with PK team


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The Family Holiday House range of feelings

The larger dream has been to provide accommodation for affected families from rural and remote areas and other parts of Australia to have a Gold Coast holiday.


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Paradise Kids Holiday House provides unique accommodation for families who have seriously sick children. We have created a Beach House theme throughout….


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…to give the family a real holiday feel when they take a much needed break for a week on the Gold Coast


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The First Family in Our Holiday House much needed break for a week on the Gold Coast

  • The Owens family – Tina with Jessika and Isabella and the Illness Support Team


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BRISBANE much needed break for a week on the Gold Coast

Opened August 2008

Grief and Loss Programs for 6 - 11 years

Play Therapy group for little people (ages 3-5 years) by Term 3

Chameleon Club 8 week support group for children aged 7 - 11 years

specifically around divorce/separation/loss in Term 4

Individual Counselling


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Paradise Kids 4Africa much needed break for a week on the Gold Coast


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much needed break for a week on the Gold CoastChildren can learn to live well, despite their illness

experience.

Paradise Kids supports them on their journey.”

Deirdre Hanna, Founding President


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  • Mekai age 4 much needed break for a week on the Gold Coast


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  • Jayda age 5 much needed break for a week on the Gold Coast


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  • Gemma age 7 much needed break for a week on the Gold Coast

    died 12 May 2007


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PS from US to YOU !!! much needed break for a week on the Gold Coast

  • Hopewell Hospice Services Inc is a registered charity and have achieved Accreditation.

  • Everyone at The Hopewell Centre invites you to recommend the Hopewell Hospice and Paradise Kids to anyone who will benefit from our services.

  • You are invited to visit us – please contact Lizzi or Theresa to arrange a suitable time.

  • And finally, as a registered charity, we always appreciate and acknowledge all donations and gifts.


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Thank you much needed break for a week on the Gold Coast


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