Interchange Host Buddy

A Rewarding Experience

This program carefully matches volunteers with a child or young person with a disability and arranges regular times to meet and have fun together.  This may be done individually or you may wish to involve your whole family.  The host volunteer contributes to the care of the child / young person on a regular basis, and during the visit, the child / young person usually spends some or all of their time in the volunteer’s home and becomes part of their normal social life and family networks.

Interchange hosts/volunteers are everyday people with no special qualifications. Volunteers can be a couple, with or without children, single people, young adults or grandparents. Commitments can vary from a few hours to a full weekend each month.

Volunteer hosts receive orientation, training and ongoing support from Gateways.

We ask for a regular commitment for 12 months.


  • Volunteers benefit with a fulfilling and rewarding experience.  Caring for someone with a disability is stimulating and enriching for all involved.
  • Children benefit with new friendships! Having friends gives everyone a real boost and opens up a whole new range of experiences.
  • Parents benefit  with a regular break! The child’s family can plan special weekends for recreation, renewal and uninterrupted time with their other children.

This program is supported by funding from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the HACC program.

To apply

To find out more please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on Geelong (03) 5221 2984  Western Melbourne (03) 9396 1111 or complete the Volunteer Enquiry Form.

Geelong (Head Office)
03 5221 2984
10-12 Albert Street
Geelong West,
Western Melbourne
03 9396 1111
Level 1, 6 South Road
03 9749 7388
3 Princes Highway
03 5562 8271
171 Lava Street