A Rewarding Experience
View the Gateways Safeguarding Children brochure.
The Interchange Program carefully matches a child or young person with a disability, with a volunteer Buddy or host family, who share their time with that child on a regular basis. This may be done individually or you may wish to involve your whole family.
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 a week to a full weekend each month.
All volunteers will have a current Crim Check, Working with Children card, clear reference checks and a home and safety check.
We ask for a regular commitment for 12 months.
The program provides opportunities for friendship and positive experiences for children with disability, as well as providing families with a break from their caring role.
This program is supported by funding from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the HACC program.
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.