I have always daydreamed about living in the Southern Highlands for many years, and finally made the move from Sydney just over two years ago with my Mum and Charlie (my 12 year old chocolate Labrador). I love the feeling of community and care that people display for one another down here and I also really love the distinct seasons and colours that accompany them.
In lieu of the Day Program shut down in our Local Government Areas, we want to advise that we are still offering options for those requiring services. While the programs are suspended, we endeavor to continue delivering supports to participants and prioritise supports to meet the immediate needs.
Currently on Offer
- 1:1 support in any of our facilities *
- 1:1 in the home.
- 1:1 Short Term Accommodation at any of our facilities *
- Group activities via zoom.
*Space is limited so get in quick!
We also want to advise that we can offer the following ESSENTIAL SERVICES:
- Personal care
- Accompanied or unaccompanied shopping
- Transport to medical appointments and vaccinations
- Short Term Accommodation
- Welfare checks (in home, phone calls etc.)
- In-home social support
Please take into consideration
- Is funding available and adequate to facilitate 1:1 bookings?
- To work in with families, transport may be discussed case by case, however it is preferred that families transport to and from these bookings.
- Online/Zoom bookings are still charged at the group rate.
Here at Interchange Australia we have a wide range of staff, both in our office and out in the field performing all the services for our valued clients and participants. Our office staff consist of a mixture of Aged Care team members and NDIS team members who work on a range of different tasks on their day to day basis.
Getting creative, building communication skills and boosting your self-esteem are a few of the many benefits of joining a drama group!
At Interchange Australia, we offer two drama groups one as part of our Day Options Program called “show stoppers” this is held on a weekly basis across all locations and is an introduction into the world of stage plays and drama games. Show Stoppers is a super fun group where you can really get a feel for what drama groups are all about, and then we have the “Stage Fright Players” with classes held on a weekly basis in Bowral.
In a world where you can be anything, stay positive and be kind!
Sean is a living example of this statement with his positive “I will give anything a go” attitude, he offers encouragement to everyone around him to get involved as well and enjoy the moment. Sean is incredibly social, polite and kind to others, making friends everywhere he goes and embracing life with a smile.
I love the work that Interchange Australia do – especially the awesome activities that Participants have the opportunity to participate in. I think I was drawn to Interchange as the company philosophy ‘supporting you to live independently in your community’ resonates with me as I am passionate about ensuring people with disabilities and our older community have the same access and equal opportunity to engage as the rest of our community.
Interchange Australia’s Day Options programs are developed around four key components; Life & Learning, Education, Health & Wellness and Socialising & Leisure.
One of these programs ‘Garden Gurus’ is designed to teach participants about sustainable living, and planning menus in ‘Cheftastics’ using what is grown and harvested from the garden in their meals for healthier eating.
Paul comes from a large family with six other siblings, many nieces and nephews and he just loves spending time with them. With some living overseas and others living interstate, he hopes to one day be able to move to QLD where he can be closer to two of his brothers that he would love to see more often! For now he speaks with them regularly on the phone and looks forward to special occasions where he gets to see them in person.
We all have experiences of being engaged in music – even if it is only by tapping our foot to a song on the radio, or singing in the shower. Most of us don’t need any help to access the opportunities music offers for socialising, communication, expression or just plain joy. But often people who have a real need for these experiences need help in accessing musical opportunities.
My name is Nectaria and I am an Aged Care Consultant here at Interchange Australia. My role here at Interchange is coordinating services for our Aged Care Services – Commonwealth Home Support Programme and Home Care Packages. Home Care Packages involve Case Management. I bring care and supports to people to remain independent and live at home for as long as possible. This includes personal care, social support, domestic assistance, allied health, nursing and continence aid purchases, just to name a few examples.
On Friday December 3rd Interchange Australia celebrated International Day for People with Disability with a fabulous poolside event at Moss Vale Aquatic Centre.
It was a fantastic turn out as all six Interchange Australia houses met at the Aquatic Centre for a Mini Olympic challenge of the houses.
The 5 Big Benefits of Creative Expression: Improvement of Mood | Boost Self-Esteem | Cognitive Function | Communication Skills & Social Life | Alleviates Stress & Anxiety|
The Arts (whether it be performing arts or creative arts) play an integral role as part of our Day Options program at Interchange Australia, the skills learned by our participants who take part in these programs coupled with the therapeutic benefits are instrumental in everyday life.
At Creative Creations we work with all forms of media throughout each year and encourage participants to experiment with using different techniques.