Connecting children and young people with a disability with volunteer hosts and families (Victoria only).
Our Interchange Host Program in Victoria connects children and young people with a disability with a volunteer host carer or family.
These volunteers provide regular respite and care for the child in their own home – which is usually one day or one weekend a month.
This relationship provides a wonderful opportunity for the child to meet new people, make new friends, and enjoy fun new activities and experiences. It also provides an opportunity for the family of the child with a disability to have a regular planned break.
Compatibility is the key to the success of this program and we will always carefully consider common interests, lifestyle, and flexibility to ensure a successful relationship.
Our volunteer hosts are recruited with careful consideration including a thorough process of interviews, assessments, and background checks. They are also provided with training and ongoing support throughout their role including around medical policies and what to do in an emergency.
Hosts come from all different lifestyles and cultural and religious backgrounds, and can be single, a couple, or a family.
The most important attributes for a host to have is a positive and caring attitude to children, life and disability, and an ability to make a commitment. We do require a minimum commitment of 7 hours a month from our volunteers.
All individuals interested in becoming a host must undergo national police and working with children checks, as well as a home safety check and reference check.