Interchange Gippsland provides disability support to individuals with disabilities and their family. As a means of providing further support Interchange Gippsland offers the Connecting Families Program. Connecting Families is social support program and it is available to all families registered with Interchange Gippsland that are available for DHHS funding. Connecting Families focuses on proving self care and social activities for families who experience disability. The aim is to connect people across the Gippsland community and at the same time provide access to fun and relaxing activities as a means of support. Connecting Families is great way to get to know other individuals and families experiencing similar circumstances. Connecting Families opportunities are advertised in the monthly newsletter which is sent via email and SMS.
Families registered with Interchange Gippsland to receive support service who are eligible for DHHS funding.
ABORIGINAL FAMILY CAMP
Aboriginal Family Camp runs annually and The camp is a 2 night weekend camp that is fully catered and packed with fun and family orientated activities in a relaxed family atmosphere. The camp caters for up to 100 people that includes the participant and their family members. Places for the camp will be allocated according to Interchange Gippsland’s priority of access. Aboriginal Family Camp is held annually in and around the Gippsland region and meals, accommodation and activities are provided as part of this service. We are a culturally safe organisation and ensure our activities are family orientated and supportive of people with disabilities and their families.
Eligibility for the camp is for a child who identifies as Aboriginal, has a diagnosed disability and is eligible for DHHS funding.
The Host volunteer program is an innovative program where a volunteer ‘Host’ provides care for a child with a disability on a regular basis. The hosting usually occurs once a month and can last from a few hours to a full weekend including a sleep over. Depending on the Host match (day or overnight match) the care can either occur in the child’s home, the Host’s home or in the community. The Host Program provides many opportunities for families caring for children with disabilities across the Gippsland region, specifically it provides:
- An opportunity for the family of a child with a disability to have a regular planned break from the fulltime care of their child,
- An opportunity for the child to have new opportunities for new social experiences, and
- Increased community awareness of the issues related to people with disabilities
To be eligible to register with the Host program, families must be registered with Interchange Gippsland and have a diagnosed disability.
NDIS Benefits and outcomes
- Social participation in the community
- Meet new people and develop friendships
- Increase your capacity to access your local community
- Development of your life and independent living skills
- Improve and develop your communication skills
- Opportunity to access new activities and try new things
- Self care for carers and participants