Our partnered approach to providing services is designed to help you to plan the kind of support arrangements that suit the personal goals of the person you care for – and to include you as part of this process.
PARENTS & CARERS
Do you care for someone with a physical or mental disability, autism or challenging behaviours? We are here to help and support you in your caring role.
EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
We provide help, support, useful information and a place for you to learn and connect with others. Have a look at the upcoming sessions we have planned.
If you have a little spare time, some enthusiasm and an idea or two, you can make a big difference to the lives of many people.
As well as caring for people with disabilities and their families, we believe in developing opportunities for parents and carers to ensure their lives, as well as the lives of those they care for and their immediate families, are enriched. We do this through assisting parents and carers to participate in their local community, foster relationships that strengthen informal networks provide information and support to plan for their future through key stages of life.
1. Caring for the Carer
To overcome some of the barriers that are associated with caring for a family member with a disability, Interchange Illawarra believes in providing holistic support to parents and carers.
2. Workshops & Information
We can provide one-on-one support to parents & carers to assist with the development of visual aids to support communication with the person you care for.
3. We Value Your Feedback
Your feedback, as well as ideas and suggestions for different activities is very much appreciated.
You might have seen information from us about The Blue Rose Project - a project that explores the experience of those who use non-verbal communication as their way to interact with the world. Many of our families were involved in this project, including our Board Chair, Susan Wallis and her daughter Gracie, who you can read about below.
Yesterday and today installation art and workshops have been available to the public and we were just as keen to get involved as other locals. Glenda & Jake (Interchange General Manager & Operations Manager) checked out the installation during the day and came back on such a high from seeing the joy expressed by those that attended. Maureen Flynn (Support coordinator) also checked out the evening program and got involved with the free webinar on inclusive art and the NDIS. She says today, "everyone should have the right to self expression, to fun, to sense of identity and community and yesterday's workshop was truly inspiring as I shared and learnt from other like minded people in the Illawarra about ways that organisations like ours can be partners in making these things happen."
Brilliant work and congratulations to The Blue Rose Project, Beyond Empathy & Merrigong Theatre Company :)
Interchange Illawarra will continue to support The Blue Rose Project as it moves into new and just as exciting stages. ...
This is a great opportunity to hear straight from other Parents/Carers whose adult children have successfully transitioned to living independently under the NDIS.
Call us at Interchange on 4227 1079 to book in ...
Guest Speakers from the Hunter Valley on NDIS
October 28, 2016, 9:15am - October 28, 2016, 2:00pm
For people registered with Interchange, their Parents/Carers as well as Volunteers and Support Workers
Under NDIS, Dianne and Steph's adult children now live independently. Come along and hear their stories on planning and working with the NDIA.
This forum will provide you with an opportunity to hear their personal positive experience with transition to NDIS, There will be plenty of opportunities for people to ask the panel questions as well as enjoy a light lunch.
Please call the office on 4227 1079 to book in.
Interchange Illawarra provides a choice of services for people with a disability and their parents/carers.
Since 1981 we’ve been improving lives by expanding horizons in so many ways.Today, with the emergent NDIS we’re your partners in a new and flexible world, helping you make sense of vital services and maximising opportunity.To us, caring goes beyond physical wellbeing to include discovering new talents and abilities, new friendships, enriching life. We do this by offering you Individual Support.
Individual Support for people at all life stages. Interchange offers flexible levels of support tailored to the needs of the individual, from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day.
Together, with many long established and quality assured respite and other support services, we add to the quality of life with a wide range of activities tailored to various needs and age groups.
Family Managed Allocations is funding that is used to acknowledge/reimburse your personal network of support.
Saturplay for children with autism, aged 4-12, that helps build friendships that last a lifetime.
Youth Group for teenagers and young adults with a disability, to spend time with people their own age.
Adult Groups for social events, movies, pamper days, tenpin bowling, outdoor experiences, the beach, barbecues, trips and short stays away for adults with a disability.
Ask us by making contact with Interchange Illawarra, you’ll make contact with a special community of passionate people who can help you with information, resources, advocacy, brokerage of services and a range of informed guidance and support.
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