Recycle | Upcycle | Restore, with Interchange Australia

In 2021 Day Options at Interchange Australia commenced a program through Working Wonders called “Recycling / Upcycling”.

Our participants are thoroughly enjoying learning about all aspects of this subject which demonstrates skills which can be transferred to their home life, and we are really seeing the results from improving communication skills, budgeting, negotiation skills, working with various materials, planning and creative thinking.

Interchange Adventures, More Than Just Fun!

Interchange Adventures, more than just fun!

Humans are inherently social creatures, for as long as the human race has been in existence we have travelled, sought companionship and thrived in social groups.

People with disability can sometimes have a much smaller social circle and can become isolated due to their inability to travel without assistance, difficulty in communicating and networking with others, health and a need for support to participate in social activities. Feeling socially connected, especially in an increasingly isolated world is more important than ever.

Upcycling and recycling with Courtney

Interchange Australia runs a large range of programs focused around participants achieving both NDIS and personal goals. Many of these programs cross over with one another which helps our participants understand how each activity they take part in has a flow on effect in various other areas of life. Amongst these programs there is Be My Best which covers a range of different topics throughout the year addressing key issues one might experience throughout life. We help our participants with learning communication and social skills in various settings, how they can contribute to the community and we also cover topics like hygiene, personal care and safety.

Understanding Sexuality and People with Disability

Sexuality amongst people with a disability is often a topic left unspoken – but the more we talk – the easier it gets.

What actually is sexuality?

It is the way that people experience and express themselves sexually. We express our sexuality in many ways, through thoughts, fantasies, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviours, practices, roles and relationships. Sexuality is integral to a person’s identity and develops throughout life, from birth to death. It is natural for people across all ages to express their sexuality through their behaviour.

Pandemic or an Epidemic?

The difference between a pandemic and an epidemic, is that a pandemic has spread across multiple countries and geographical areas.

Sometimes here at home, COVID-19 has felt more like an epidemic, as the initially effective policies of state and international border closures and low case numbers lulled us into a false sense of security. The Delta variant has burst our bubble.

The Therapeutic Benefit of Animals

The Interaction between animals and humans has been proven to increase brain chemicals that decrease blood pressure and initiate relaxation. People with sensory disabilities have been seen communicating more easily with an animal, their experiences with animals encourages them to communicate further in their future interactions with humans. Animal’s assist people with autism and have been used as tools to learn vital communicational and social skills such as empathy and expressing love

Day Options Holiday Adventures June/July 2021

What a great school holidays it has been! Our Day Options Holiday Program was a huge success. We had a big variety of Holiday Adventures this June/July and everyone really enjoyed each day. We opted for COVID safe options due to the current situations and everyone had a really great time with all the different activities each day. Everyone cannot wait for the next school holidays full of friends, laughs, adventures and fun.