Volunteers play an integral role in Interchange IE services. We recruit volunteers to support participants in our Host and Mentor programs well as our various mid-week and recreation programs.
Volunteering with Interchange IE is a rewarding experience. Host and Mentor volunteers need to be over the age of 18, all other volunteers over the age of 16. The time spent volunteering is flexible, and we can accommodate volunteers who want to balance their volunteering with other interests or commitments.
After a volunteer application is submitted, volunteers may be invited to attend an interview and if successful will need to undergo a police check, Working with Children Check and other mandatory checks. All successful volunteers will also need to be available to complete an in-person induction session at an Interchange IE office during office hours, Monday to Friday.
Please see current volunteer opportunities available below and click the button below to complete the Volunteer Expression of Interest Form. For additional queries, please contact one of the volunteer coordinators on (03)98369811 (option 5).
Volunteer 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 and young person participate in activities that they choose together, such as playing sport, going out for dinner, attending live music events, or seeing a movie. Minimum 12-month regular commitment.
Volunteer Mentor Program
Be matched with a young person with a disability and together attend Interchange IE weekend recreation programs. Assist a participant to increase their community access, develop their social skills, build their independence, all while working in a group setting with other participants and experienced Interchange IE staff.
Recreation shifts range in length from 3 to 6 hours and could involve staying at our Canterbury site for a fun and interactive centre-based activity or heading out into the community for a group excursion, e.g. bowling, movies, mini-golf, a river cruise, the possibilities are limitless! Minimum 12-month regular commitment.
Build a close bond with a participant and work alongside an experienced and knowledgeable Interchange IE staff member.
Our Active Days program matches skilled support staff known as Community Mentors with participants who have finished school and are looking to increase their community access and participation. Get the opportunity to directly assist a young person with a complex disability to develop their skills and knowledge, build a work history and follow their passions, interests and hobbies. Active Days Volunteer Mentors may get the opportunity to support a young person to volunteer at a local café or restaurant, participate in an art class or develop their resume, apply for jobs, and so much more!
Active Days volunteer shifts range in length from 3 to 6 hours, Monday to Friday. Perfect for those looking to gain knowledge and experience working with young people who have complex disabilities and would benefit from receiving insight and support from an experienced disability worker. Minimum 12-month regular commitment.