What’s in store for today? Well that’s up to you.
Make the most of a weekend getaway with Interchange Inner East’s unforgettable getaway. We provide the fine -amenities, socializing opportunities, exceptional activities and programs and all you have to do is sit back, relax and unwind while creating your unforgettable memories.
Each day begins with a new opportunity for inspiration, rejuvenation, learning and most importantly feasting on mouth watering meals and making new friendships.
All our programs and activities are developed to the highest standards, with you in mind. So treat yourself or someone special to this unforgettable getaway filled with a healthy dose of laughter and good times.
What would you like to do today? The choices are endless with Interchange Inner East.
- Supported short breaks and holiday options
- Involves fun and engaging experiences in a wide variety of locations
- Examples of group based experiences include horse riding, attending major attractions, pamper weekends and much more
- Variety of accommodations available including Hotels, Cabins and Cottages
- Examples of previous destinations include, Port Arlington, Philip Island, Daylesford and CBD.
Support Ratio 1:2, 1:3+ (1:1 support can be purchased)
Interchange Inner East’s Touching Base program aims to provide transitional support for participants.
We work together to reduce feelings of isolation, by providing positive coping skills and enabling them to make changes, to do things that make a difference and achieve better outcomes for themselves.
- Aims to develop independent skills for individuals to access the community
- Participants regularly attend the same activity (Weekly/Fortnightly)
- Staff reduce their direct involvement over time to enable participants to work together, gaining confidence to access the community more independently
- Activities include shared social meals, entertainment, shopping, travel training and overnight stays
- Staff work closely with participants and families as formal supports are reduced
Support Ratio 1:3+
The After 4 program at Interchange Inner East provides a fun and safe space where children can foster their love for learning and develop the skills necessary to succeed in school and other environments. The program is designed to generate positive outcomes for youth including improved academic performance, classroom behavior, and health and nutrition.
The program which children participate in will include structured and unstructured indoor and outdoor activities which are fundamental to their development in learning new skills, creating friendships and most of all having fun. While providing a positive social opportunity which caters for parents who work, study or have other commitments.
- Regular and planned afternoon youth program
- Develop and maintain friendships, independence and social skills
- Meal planning and cooking, travel training and community activities
- Drop off and pickup at Interchange Canterbury
- Term timetables available for families to plan in advance
Monday 4pm – 7pm, Thursday 4pm – 8pm
Support Ratio 1:2, 1:3+ (1:1 support can be purchased)
The mission of Interchange Inner East’s Social Dinner is to provide adults the opportunity to meet with peers, socialize, and above all the opportunity to be respected and valued.
The Social Group assists participants in developing friendships, enhancing community involvement, broadening interests and taste-buds but most importantly improving one’s self confidence and well-being. If your looking to kick back and have some fun with an upbeat group of individuals, this program is certainly the place to be.
Come hang out and join others in enjoying live music, great food and good vibes with all the different elements that are up to offer at Interchange Inner East’s Social Dinners.
- Participants choose and attend a new restaurant weekly for dinner
- Staff support participants to make future bookings, plan journeys and manage money
- Group aims to increase the social skills of participants while promoting independence
Wednesdays 6pm – 9pm
Support Ratio 1:3+
If you have watched Ice Age the movie, dedicated and passionate about Ice Hockey or would like to be, sign up and join the Official Interchange Cheer Squad supporting the notorious Melbourne Ice Hockey Team.
By doing so you’ll be learning about the game, watching highly skilled athletes, while most importantly adding your voice and color to every home game with fellow like minded members chanting and cheering the highs and lows of Melbourne Ice from your specially reserved seating apart of the Interchange Cheer Squad.
This experience is not to be missed, it’ll be a great way to make new friends and bond with Melbourne Ice members as well as meeting the team.
What are you waiting for, Pucker Up and lets blitz the competition with Melbourne Ice!
- A social opportunity to support the Melbourne ICE Ice hockey team by joining the official Interchange cheer squad
- Develop a better understanding of the rules, scoring and techniques utilized in ice hockey
- In partnership with Melbourne ICE, access reserved seating, meet with the players and enjoy the fun of wearing Melbourne ICE merchandise
Saturday home games 5 hours
Support Ratio 1:2, 1:3+
Hey Ladies! Hey Fellas! The bass keeps runnin’ runnin’, and runnin’ runnin’
Interchange Inner East are letting the beat drop at the Disco Heat event, so grab your friends, dress to impress and put on your dancing shoes to throw your hands in the air and groove the night away.
Interchange prides itself on providing great events and programs and we believe that we all deserve to cut loose, so join us in hitting the town for a fun-filled evening interacting with peers. It’s a great way to meet new people, dance to great music, and most importantly the good times you’ll be having is second to none.
We have an awesome DJ who coordinates through a variety of music genres to suit everyone. Additionally some of our Disco Heat Events will involve themes, as well as games throughout the night.
Yo DJ spin the decks and let the bass drop, cause I can’t hear y’all, everybody cut, everybody cut footloose!
- A massive disco party with great music and disco lights
- Live DJ and light supper provided
- Themed nights, awesome games and prizes
- Quiet spaces provided
- Fully supervised and only available to registered Interchange participants
Every 3rd Friday of the month
Support Ratio 1:2, 1:3+
The My Place program is established to help participants with specialized recreational and educational activities to encourage Independence and personal development through positive 1:1 support.
Here at Interchange Inner East we are accustomed to working with a diverse set of participants who may be dealing with emotional and physical demands impacting their personal development.
The My Place program provides participants with the experiences and opportunities needed to lead a fulfilling life and begin transitioning from Individual sessions to more group activities to encourage making friends and develop other fundamental skills needed in this day and age.
- Recreation activities developed for participants who require 1:1 support. Aims to foster friendships and social connections
- Works towards developing independence by reducing 1:1 supports therefore enabling transition into group activities
- All activity environments and locations are planned around participants individual needs and behaviours
- Suitable only for participants with funding to purchase 1:1 support
- Supported by highly trained and experienced staff competent in developing and implementing behavioural strategies
FRI-SAT-SUN 5hr+ activities
Support Ratio 1:1
The Individual Care Program is a service through which families, often with the support of case managers or agencies, can purchase respite support. It is tailored to meet the needs of the individual and family in a flexible and responsive way. Respite Support Workers provide indivudalised support and care to the young person with the disability, in the home or in the community on a one to one basis. Interchange Co-ordinators oversee the provision of respite services in accordance with individual needs and allocated funding.
Funding for individualised respite care can be accessed through a variety of sources. The development of the Individual Support Package (ISP) scheme is one example of this. DHS ISP funding is limited and there is a specific process to follow to access ISP funding. This usually involves working with a Case Manager through a brokerage agency and requires the completion of an application for the Disability Support Register (DSR). Interchange Inner East does not function as an ISP facilitator.
Interchange Inner East can provide information to families about how to access short term, holiday and emergency funding for respite from a range of organisations. Examples of possible funding sources include Yooralla Breakaway Program and Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre.
Individual Care Program costs:
- Brokerage funding required to access this program
- parents responsible for costs of activities
All new referrals for the Individual Care Program must be directed through the Interchange Intake system before being eligible to access Interchange Inner East Respite services.
The Host Program co-ordinates voluntary support to families. The aim is to ensure a regular break for families, by sharing the care of the child with a disability, with a matched volunteer. The volunteer/s or volunteer families provide respite by supporting the child, either in their home or in the community, on a regular basis. The agreed support can be a regular few hours, overnight or weekends.
Becoming a host is a rewarding experience. Hosts need to be over 18 years of age. They may be single, living with a partner, with or without children. Hosts undergo a police check and must obtain a working with children check.
The development of the host match is supported by the Interchange Inner East Host Coordinator.
It is very normal to have some anxiety, reservations and possibly guilt when you decide to access respite for your family through the Host Program. We encourage you to explore these feelings with either the Host Program Co-ordinator or other respite program staff.
The match is carefully placed to meet mutual needs of the child, the child’s natural family and the host family. If the program in which your child is involved is not successful, the situation will be reviewed with possible strategies and solutions explored and agreed upon in consultation with all parties.
There is never any pressure to continue or sustain an unsatisfactory match. You will be offered support and debriefing if this situation arises. It is acknowledged that family circumstances are constantly changing and individual needs are always catered for.
Hosting program costs:
- no costs incurred for family
- minimal volunteer reimbursement contribution for HOST families
If you are looking to become a host:
- Contact Interchange Host Program Coordinator ph 98369811
- An interview will then be organised to discuss your needs and interests and suitability to become a host.
- You will then need to undergo a risk assessment in your home and are required to meet eligibility criteria.