Adults 18+ years

Interchange Gippsland operate a number of programs for adults with a disability.  Read on to discover each program and support:

  • YAS – Adult Day Service located in Morwell and Wonthaggi
  • FRIENDSHIP GROUP – social group for adults aged 18 – 30 years
  • Friends for Life – social group for adults aged 30 – 65 years
  • Supported Holidays

YAS – ADULT DAY SERVICE ADULTS 18 YEARS AND OVER

Interchange Gippsland’s YAS is an adult day service providing access to both planned group and individual activities based in our community. The program assists and encourages participants to achieve meaningful and realistic life goals through access to new experiences, opportunities to discover strengths, and opportunities to take on new interests.

YAS promotes participants sense of connectedness within our community and assists in developing a sense of belonging. YAS is offered in Wonthaggi and Morwell and runs Monday – Friday throughout the year.  The program focuses on:

  • Lifeskills
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Learning
  • Social Development
  • Creativity

Eligibility for YAS

Adult 18 years and over with a disability.

 

FRIENDSHIP GROUP – GROUP SUPPORT FOR ADULTS AGED 18 – 30 YEARS

Friendship Group is a social activity group for adults with disabilities living in the local government areas of Latrobe, South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires. The group meets monthly for a full day social outing on the weekend or occasionally a Friday night and is suitable for young adults aged 18 – 30 years. The group is supported by Community Access Workers who encourage and assist participants to develop independence and learn new skills. Participants access a variety of sporting, social, cultural and dining activities in and around Gippsland and can also include special trips to Melbourne. Peer support is also offered on Friendship Group through the engagement of adult volunteers. Participants attending Friendship Group need to have a level of independence to join the group.

Participants of Friendship Group order and pay for their own meals and activities. While the cost of each activity varies, they are arranged to be both affordable and fun, while presenting quality opportunities for the participants. An invitation to the group is sent to participants with details of the activity each month which includes what to bring, bus pick-up/drop-off times and the cost of the activity. It is the responsibility of the participant to advise us if they wish to attend the activity before the RSVP date on the invitation. Participants attending Friendship Group need to have a level of independence to join the group.

Eligibility for Friendship Group

Adults with a disability aged 18 to 30 years living in Latrobe City, South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires. Participants must be able to get themselves to one of the advertised centralised bus pick-up points.

 

FRIENDS FOR LIFE – GROUP SUPPORT FOR ADULTS AGED 30 – 65 YEARS

Friends for Life is a social activity group for adults with disabilities living in the local government area of Latrobe City aged between 30 and 65 years. The group meets weekly for a social outing every Thursday night from 4PM – 8PM. The group is assisted by Community Access Workers who encourage participants to develop independence and learn new skills. The range of activities undertaken by the group includes a variety of sporting, social, cultural and dining activities across the Latrobe City community. Friends for Life is funded by Latrobe City Council. Peer support is also offered on Friends for Life through the engagement of adult volunteers.

Participants of Friends for Life order and pay for their own meals and activities on each trip. While the cost of each activity varies, they are affordable and present quality opportunities for the participants. An invitation to the group is posted or emailed to participants with details of activities each month, which includes information such as what to bring, bus pick-up/drop-off times and the cost of the activity. It is the responsibility of the participant to advise us if they wish to attend activities before the RSVP date on the invitation. Participants attending Friends for Life need to have a level of independence to join the group. Friends for Life develops and encourages independent participation in age appropriate social activities, provides self care opportunities for participants and carers as well as an opportunity to have fun and socialise with other adults with a disability in Latrobe City.

Eligibility for Friends for Life

Adults with a disability aged 30 to 65 years living in Latrobe City. Participants must be able to get themselves to one of the advertised centralised bus pick-up points.

 

SUPPORTED HOLIDAYS

Supported holidays is a full fee pay holiday program for people with a disability.  To be eligible to attend the holidays participants must have a support ratio of 1:4. Supported holidays operate annually in the January and the September school holidays.