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Support and companionship for a child with a disability - Host Program Volunteer

  • Location: Across: Hawthorn VIC, Box Hill VIC, Doncaster VIC
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Disability Services
  • Time Required

    Minimum of 3 hours per month, with a 12 month commitment. Times can be flexible to suit both the volunteer and the family they support.

  • Suitable for
    • Families with Children
  • Type of work
    • Childcare
    • Companionship & Social Support
    • Disability Support
  • Training

    Online training, face to face induction and ongoing support provided.

  • Requirements
    • National Police Certificate *
    • Others
    • Working with Children Check *

    Over 18 years.
    Committed to supporting a child with a disability.
    Patient & caring.
    Disability worker exclusion scheme clearance is required
    National police check paid for by Interchange Inner East.
    International police checks required for volunteers who have lived overseas for more than 1 year in the past 10 years. The cost of an International police check is covered by the volunteer.

    * May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.

The Interchange Inner East Host Program matches a child (0-18) with a disability to a volunteer host or host family. The host volunteer then provides respite to the family by supporting the child on a regular basis. The agreed support is regular and planned, and can be a few hours weekly, fortnightly or monthly, depending on the needs of the family and the availability of the host volunteer. If the volunteer and family are comfortable to do so there may be overnight stays as well. Hosts may be single, living with a partner, and with or without children.

The host volunteer can support the child in the child’s home, in the host’s own home, or take the child on outings in the community.

These activities may take place in Boroondara, Monash, Whitehorse, Manningham or further afield.

If you have some regular spare time (minimum 3 hours once per month) we would love to hear from you!