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 supporting 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.
Have you met Emily? Emily started with Interchange about 6 months ago to complete a 500 hour work placement as part of her Social Work Degree.
Emily has been involved in almost all facets of the organisation and has proven herself to be not a just a beautiful person to work with but she has become a valuable member of the Interchange team, so much so that we aren't letting her go!
So, what was going to be her last day is now her first day of becoming an Interchange employee. Congratulations Emily and welcome!
Give her a big hello if you see her supporting the people that attend the Interchange groups. ...
Christmas almost here...🎅🤶 Interchange Illawarra have always supported it's many programs delivering "Choice" and "Control" for participants over many years before it became the sentiment so populated in the NDIS roll-out... a true "not for profit organisation" that gives back to recipients of an honest and forward thinking organisation...Looking forward to the 2018 Xmas Party FREE to all current participants and their families, our dedicated volunteers and hard working staff!...a fun time to reflect and celebrate the fabulous support and acknowledement of all their workers, funded by wonderful community groups such as the Rotary Club and Quota.💞🎉🥇🎶🍽️🥂🍻🍾💃🕺 ...
Thank you Lorraine! Even though under the NDIS there is no funding anymore for our Parent/Carer events and our End of Year Party these get togethers mean so much to us and we know how much everyone loves them too! Interchange will always be about people with disabilities and their families and how we can provide support in the best way we can 🙂
Being a small not for profit organisation people probably don't hear too much about the things we do in the Community to support people with disabilities. We don't run radio or tv ads, we rarely take up the opportunities to pay for glossy write ups in the Newspaper, we refuse to wear uniforms and don't have logos on our vehicles when we support people in the Community!
Something we are proud of, but you may not know, is that Interchange Illawarra along with Playgroup NSW, TAFE and Big Fat Smile have been involved with the My Time Program since its inception in 2010.
Interchange has assisted the Program by providing a Staff Member to facilitate the Parents group while their children are being supported by TAFE Students who are overseen by staff from Big Fat Smile.
Many friendships have formed over the years between Parents that attend as well as the children.
Yes, we are proud and happy that this fantastic Program has provided so much to so many people, click on the Illawarra Mercury article below for more information 🙂 ...
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.
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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