The Paradise Kids Angel Appeal
Now you can support Paradise Kids to “Help Heal the Heartache” through the Angel Appeal. The aim of the Angel Appeal is to raise much needed funds and awareness for Paradise Kids and the work they do with children in our communities. Throughout the year the Angel Appeal will host special events and conduct fundraising initiatives, providing something for everyone to get involved in, thank you for your kind and generous support.
To begin the Appeal, our Young Angels will spread some cheer this Christmas with their Angelic voices …don’t miss the 2017 Angel Choir!
For over 20 years Paradise Kids has been passionate about physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually supporting our children after trauma. All children grieve differently and may express anger, fear, guilt, repetitive behaviour and regression. These reactions are a normal response to loss or trauma of any kind. Our programs provide education for children about how big life changes such as trauma, death or divorce might affect their bodies, minds and spirits. We believe in the importance of teaching children safe ways to deal with strong feelings and teaching them to use their inner-life skills and other tools, helping them to emotionally grow into confident, caring, resilient, healthy individuals.
Our Values: Respect ♥ Integrity ♥ Authenticity ♥ Growth
Hopewell Hospice Services Inc is a registered Charity, founded in 1994 by Deirdre Hanna and Rev. Dr Ian Mavor OAM, who both believed in the need to help children dealing with grief and loss through illness, separation and trauma, thus creating Paradise Kids, an extension of their already formed Hopewell Hospice.
The first Paradise Kids group was held in 1996, since then, various programs have been developed and implemented to successfully help countless children and their families. Paradise Kids is located at 88 Allied Drive in Arundel on the Gold Coast and provides a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for both children and their parents.
Over the years Paradise Kids has formed many partnerships, working closely with schools, community groups, police and other not for profits to ensure vulnerable children get the help they need and deserve.
Paradise Kids aims to heal the heartache. This emphasis on ‘heart work’ means we take a holistic approach to address all aspects of the child: body, mind and spirit. We believe that this offers solid life skills allowing the child to move forward in life with the ability to face the future through the understanding of their feelings, the restoration of confidence and resilience to sustain them in times of change. Primary among these skills is a growth in empathy towards others, and the ability to be aware of and express their own feelings in healthy and creative ways.
Our specialised programs are run throughout the year over the four school terms. While the children are attending their program, parents and caregivers have their own support groups available. Parents and caregivers gain knowledge and understanding whilst being strengthened and refreshed which is vitally important.
Our programs and services have been developed to strengthen parent/child relationships, provide support for people parenting alone and tackle problems arising from issues such as bullying, drugs and family violence.
Paradise Kids have highly trained professional leaders, and dedicated volunteers who deliver personal counselling and children’s groups that deal with serious existential issues in a fun and caring environment to ensure each child receives individualised support and care.
Each child is assigned a “buddy” that will form a connection with their child whilst applying these interventions and empowering them to move on in life through reminding them they are strong and powerful with wise and creative inner resources that can be applied when needed.
Paradise Kids ensures the skills and character of our people through training and up-skilling of leaders, volunteers and social work students.
Our Programs run 4 times per year over each school term, supporting close to 400 children and their families every year. They include:
- Grief and Loss Support
- Child- Centred Play Therapy
- Illness Support Family Holiday Program
- Boys’ and Girls’ Groups.