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Volunteer Interchange Host

Gateways Support Services - VW

Volunteer West is advertising this position on behalf of Gateways Support Services.

Gateways’ mission is to empower and support children and adults with a disability / additional need and their families to maximise their potential; their quality and enjoyment of life; and their positive relationships within the community.

Volunteer ‘Hosts’ provide support and respite care to a family who has a child or young adult with a disability, living at home with them. The host is matched carefully with a particular child and they then support that child in the hosts own home or in the community, on a regular basis, usually once a month.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide quality support to a young person with a disability on a regular basis, under the direction of the Interchange program staff and in consultation with the young person’s primary carers.
  • Communicate any areas of concern to the Interchange program staff and ask for advice or support when needed.
  • Maintain regular contact with the family and with the Interchange program staff.
  • Provide or assist the young person with personal care activities such as toileting, meals, dressing or showering, as needed and identified in the support plan.
  • Encourage maximum independence of the young person in everyday living skills without compromising Gateways’ duty of care to the client.
  • Encourage participation and inclusion in the community.

We are looking for volunteers who can demonstrate:

  • Reliability and commitment to provide regular planned respite care and fulfil duty of care.
  • A positive attitude towards people with disabilities.
  • The ability to commit to the program for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Initiative, enthusiasm and flexibility.