There are several ways to become involved with Interchange as a volunteer.
Interchange highly values the contributions of all volunteers and endeavours to ensure that volunteers are well matched to a role that suits their skills, experience and interests, and are provided with quality training and ongoing support.
After a volunteer application is submitted, volunteers may be invited to attend an interview and induction session, and will be required to undergo a police check and working with children check if selected for a volunteer program.
- Interest in supporting people with disabilities and engage fully in the community
- 14 years or over (Recreation Program Volunteers)
- 18 years or over (Host & Mentor Program Volunteers)
To speak to a volunteer coordinator please call Tori or Kate on (03) 9836 9811.
Volunteering with the Host Program
The Host Program aims to match a volunteer individual, couple or family with a child who has a disability. The volunteer host then provides respite by spending time with the child once a month either on weekends or during school time for a few hours, a whole day or overnight.
The Host Program provides time out for parents and carers, builds a strong relationship between the child and the host, and provides the child with meaningful opportunities to engage with the community.
To find out more about the Host Program, please click here
Volunteering with the Mentor Program
The Mentor Program aims to match volunteer mentors with teenagers and young adults who have a disability. The mentor and young person then spend time together once a month in the evening or on weekends.
The mentor and young person participate in independent activities that they choose together, such as playing sport, going out for dinner, attending live music events, or seeing a movie. Mentors may also support young people to connect with further opportunities for study or work experience.
The Mentor Program focuses on building a strong relationship between the mentor and young person, enhancing the social experience of the young person and providing recreation and personal development opportunities in the community.
To find out more about the Mentor Program, please click here
Volunteering with the Recreation Program
The Recreation Program provides fun group activities for children and young people with disabilities. The program runs regular weekend group activities, school holiday programs, camps, discos and other events.
Activities include going to the movies, Luna Park, bowling and karaoke. Recreation volunteers are supported by Interchange staff and assist group participants to have fun, develop friendships and engage in a broad range of community activities based on their interests and choices. Volunteers foster positive interactions between participants and help to ensure all group members are safe.
Screening of all Adult Staff and Adult Volunteers
All Staff over 18 years of age who have direct contact with participants are required to satisfactorily complete a screening procedure that includes the following:
- A Referee Check (applicants are required to provide the names and contact details of three people not related to them to provide a verbal reference)
- A Criminal Records Check
- Induction Training
- A working with Children Check (WWCC) Card
- First Aid Level II & CPR (Support staff only)
For staff providing care in their own home, a Home Safety Check is also required.