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Family respite for children and young adults with a disability

At Interchange Inner East as we offer top quality, affordable specialist children’s and adolescent respite/recreation support to families in Melbourne’s Inner East.

Our success is based on our responsive and individualised participant and family respite service, provided through qualified Respite Support Workers. Our staff are trained and competent to a high professional standard and enjoy an incredible reputation for the support they provide.

We pride ourselves on having the highest qualified and experienced specialist support staff on offer.

Interchange founder finalist in Hesta Insung Hero Awards

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Maureen Crawford, Founder of Interchange here in Victoria, has been chosen as a finalist in the Unsung Hero category for the national HESTA Community Sector Awards 2015!

Maureen was nominated by Interchange Incorporated for her outstanding efforts and commitment to supporting families in need at a time when no other social supports were available.
The program Maureen initiated has not only assisted families to provide their children with opportunities, it has also supported siblings and parents, contributing to the resilience of families and keeping them together.
Many thousands of families over the years have been supported through the program established by Maureen and we are incredibly proud of her.
The HESTA Community Sector Awards are proudly presented by HESTA and Australian Centre of Social Service (ACOSS).

Maureen founded the first volunteer-supported respite care program to support children with a disability and their families, has been recognised for pioneering a service that now runs in four states.
Maureen Crawford started the first Interchange program in Camberwell, when her intellectually disabled son, James, was five years old — and the pressure of caring for him became physically and emotionally overwhelming.
Ms Crawford is among five finalists in the Unsung Hero category of the 2015 HESTA Community Sector Awards. The Awards recognise those in the community sector who’ve made an exceptional contribution to social justice in Australia by enhancing the wellbeing of disadvantaged individuals and communities.
“In 1980, I couldn’t find even one community body to offer respite care on a regular basis and I realised that other parents in similar situations were also isolated and unable to cope with the heavy, daily pressures of caring for their children with disabilities,” Ms Crawford said.
“I was worried about the long-term effects this strain would have on both me and my family. Not only was I unable to help James develop outside interests, the locked doors and gates at home were isolating my other children.
“I realised that, if relief wasn’t available on a regular basis, our family was at risk of pokiesaustralian.com falling apart and this feeling of impending disintegration was the motivation behind creating Interchange.”
Together with a small group of parents, Ms Crawford opened the first Interchange program to give families who had a child with a disability a regular break by sharing their care with volunteer host families.
There are now 12 Interchange agencies across Victoria, as well as agencies in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, supporting about 4,000 children with a disability, per year.
While the core services — the Interchange Host and Interchange Recreation programs — offer respite care, peer support, social skills, camps, and friendship groups, services have extended to include sibling activities, parent support groups, family activities and events.
“Over the years, the focus has shifted from just providing respite care for the family to encouraging entire local communities to be inclusive of families and children with disability,” Ms Crawford said.
“My own work in the field has led me into a job as a grief counsellor, helping families following the birth or diagnosis of a child with a disability.
“While I have gained enormous satisfaction from the challenges of the past 35 years, I couldn’t have done any of it without the continuing support of my entire family, including my son James.”

The Weekend is Here!

Look out! The weekend is just around the corner. We have so many great activities on its hard to know where to begin!

Leap group will be bouncing off the walls - literally! at Bounce Trampoline Centre. BOUNCE is a world where the wall becomes the floor, a slam-dunk is within your grasp and the rules of gravity no longer apply, it takes the rush of getting airborne and adds a bunch of new dimensions – from aerial manoeuvres to slam dunking and wall running.With more than 100 interconnected trampolines we are sure it will be fun!

Star group will be heading to Werribee Zoo to visit the amazing range of beautiful animals that call the zoo home.
Red group will be getting creative with a Mosaic Art workshop we can't wait to see what you all create. Orange group are off to try their hand at Mini Golf.

Diamond Group are off to have a delicious lunch a Big Huey's Diner whilst Combo group will be going on a Treasure Hunt through Melbourne using Geocaching. Geocaching is the high-tech treasure hunt where you use your GPS receiver to find caches hidden by other players. It's a great way to be outdoors, enjoy the environment and revel in the thrill of the hunt!

Green group will be heading to the beautiful surrounds of Wattletree Cottage for a relaxing weekend away.

We hope you have as much fun as us this weekend!

FREE! Moonlight Cinema

Interchange Inner East families, volunteers and host volunteers this one's for YOU!

FREE! Moonlight Cinema Friday 20th February - The Penguins of Madagascar

In recognition of the amazing work our families and volunteers do as a carers we are holding a family moonlight cinema on Friday 20th February, this is an event for your whole family we would love to see you all come along - even Grandma! We will be showing the Penguins of Madagascar on a HUGE 16m screen under the stars, the movie is full of laughs and action for the whole family to enjoy - check out the trailer link below!

In addition to the movie we have FREE ice creams and drinks and a sausage sizzle by coin donation. Don't delay book your tickets NOW! Family and volunteer bookings can be made by calling the office on 9836 9811

*A very BIG thank you to the Canterbury Rotary Club for their support of this great event.

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Week 1 of our Scool Holiday activities are in full swing!

2015 has started with a great selection of activities happening in our School Holiday Program.

In week 1 we have groups heading off to camps at Alvina Cottages which is set on 15 acres near Ventnor beach with farm animals including, cattle, sheep, lambs, alpacas, horses and chickens, Basecamp 3030 close to many attractions and a great place to relax, and The Summit which is a 50 acre outdoor adventure park with a primary focus on providing inspiring and life changing experiences through a combination of meaningful programs and powerful activities that build self-worth, character,and happiness.

Week 1 activities sound like a lot of fun! The Come and Try group headed off to the beach for the day and enjoyed some delicious fish and chips for lunch, Adolescent group went to St Kilda to see the Fairy Penguins followed by dinner in St Kilda while Spy group will be in for a day of fun activities out of the heat! Strawberry picking in on the itinerary later in the week. Friday will be action packed with a Bubble Soccer challenge where there is sure to be lots of laughs!

We hope you are all enjoying the holiday period - stay tuned for an update on our week 2 activities

A Weekend of Festive activities is on its way!

With Christmas just around the corner (3 Fridays to go!!) we have some great festive activities on. Combo and YG2 groups will be taking part in a Christmas chocolate making workshop as well as enjoying a delicious lunch. It sounds like there will be lots of irresistible creations being made!

Indigo group are heading into the city to do a tour on the city circle tram and enjoy the many Christmas festivities that Melbourne has on offer. They will also take a break for a well earned lunch - enjoy!

Also off to enjoy a lovely lunch down in the Dockland are Green group. Coolmints are taking a trip out of town to the Mornington Peninsula for a beach day and lunch.

We hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Employment opportunities at Interchange Inner East

Employment Opportunities At Interchange Inner East

Are you looking for work or do you know someone who is looking for work supporting children and young people with a disability?
We are currently seeking enthusiastic, reliable and committed Respite Support Workers to work 1 to 1 with children and young people with a disability.

Why not come and work for Interchange Inner East (IIE)?

Help us support families through providing high quality care to their child by giving them a break from their care giving role as well as providing meaningful support to the child or young adult with a disability.

Interchange Inner East is seeking mature minded, experienced staff with the attitude and qualifications to be able to successfully support the respite needs of our families and young people.

Shifts are required across the day and evening during the week and on week-ends. Tasks include all aspects of personal care, transfers, meal assistance and community access.
To be considered for employment with IIE, applicants must be studying or have qualifications in a relevant field and have relevant industry experience.
A current First Aid Certificate, satisfactory police and working with children check are mandatory.

If you know someone who is interested in applying please get them to visit the employment section of this site, under 'Get Involved'.

Watch out! The Weekend is on its way!

Can you believe its only 5 Fridays until Christmas?! We have so many great activities on before that though!

In addition to this weekends array of fun activities, next Saturday 29th November is the Interchange Inner East Christmas Carnival - invites have been sent out - don't forget to RSVP!

Indigo group will be getting into the swing of things at a golf day followed by a BBQ lunch, also heading out to enjoy a game of mini golf will be red group.

YG1 group will be getting comfy at the relaxing Bean Bag cinema followed by dinner. Combo group are also off to enjoy a dinner, this time in iconic Acland St, St Kilda. They will follow dinner up with an evening of games on the beach.

Gold group are going to visit the Maroondah Dam for a picnic. Tha dam was constructed in the 1920s. Like most of Melbourne's water storages, the entire catchment is eucalypt forest completely closed to human activity, as is the reservoir itself. Immediately below the dam wall, the Maroondah Reservoir Park[ features a large garden landscaped in an "English style", featuring many exotic plants very different from the surrounding native vegetation. A walking track leads across the dam wall, over the spillway, and up to a lookout from which much of the reservoir can be viewed.

This week Purple group are going to enjoy a weekend away at Camp Manyun in Mt Martha.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

So much fun in one weekend!

Our recreation groups are off to enjoy some great activities once again this weekend.

The Coolmints will be having lunch at St Andrews Market. St Andrews Community Market is situated just a short distance from Melbourne in the foothills of the Yarra Ranges. With both regular and a changing selection of casual stalls there is always something new and interesting to see. Regulars at the market include Organic Fruit and Veggies, Preserves, Free range eggs, Handmade Soaps and Skin Care products, Jewellery, Arts & Craft, Massage, Pre-loved goods, delicious food and a talented bunch of Buskers to name just a few.

Indigo group will take part in a Beginners Gym session followed up with a picnic. Also off to get active are the Combo group who will dive in to a swimming day. The ever popular Puffing Billy is on the agenda for Green Group, while YG1 are getting ready for a day of fun at Luna Park. Taking it easy and seeing the sights of Melbourne on a Yarra Cruise are YG4. YG3 are visiting Bundoora Farm. The Urban farm presents an authentic farm experience with a variety of animals to touch and hold. The Star group will travel out of town to enjoy a weekend of fun activities at Wattletree cottages.

Does anyone have a favourite activity they have been to this year?

Christmas Carnival

Save The Date!The Interchange Inner East Annual Christmas Carnival will be held on Saturday 29th November.An invite will be sent out soon, we hope to see all our participants, families, volunteers, Board and support workers there.

Bring on the Weekend!

The ladies in our recreation office have been very busy organising yet another weekend of great activities, with some sunshine on its way it should be a lovely weekend!  Combo group will be heading to St Kilda to visit Luna Park for a day of fun and excitement - enjoy the Scenic Railway! The railway is the most famous of the Park’s attractions its a large wooden coaster that projects its passengers, at high speed, around the outside of the entire Park. It boasts the title of being the oldest continually operating wooden roller coaster in the world and the only one of its kind with a standing brakeman in control aboard its moving carriages. This world famous roller coaster will not only provide heart-stopping dips and turns, but also the most stunning views of Port Phillip Bay St. Kilda has to offer.  Indigo group will enjoy the sights of Melbourne via the beautiful Melbourne Star followed by a delicious BBQ dinner. Also off to the city are Red group who will enjoy a sports fans dream tour of the MCG along with a visit to the National Sports Museum.  Diamond group will catch a film while the Purple and Leap groups will be attending a performance of Cats the musical.  Orange and Gold groups are off to experience the vibrant atmosphere of the South Melbourne market followed up by lunch in Port Melbourne.  Well another fantastic weekend is on its way - enjoy everyone!

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