Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Interchange Network and central to achieving our goal of inclusiveness for all

Volunteering enables people and families living with disability the opportunity to participate in social, recreational and community activities, reducing the barriers to inclusion while providing a sense of connection, friendship and belonging.

Individuals, couples and families are all welcome to apply to volunteer and training and ongoing support will be provided for all volunteers.

Interchange Network volunteers have free access to an accredited module of the Cert IV in Disability or Community Service, so if you are looking for training and experience in the disability sector with a view to potential employment, volunteering is a great place to start.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to have fun, get involved and share enriching experiences. It also provides an opportunity to meet like-minded people while supporting children and young people with a disability, and their families.

By volunteering with a member of the Interchange Network you can

  • Get involved in your community and make a difference
  • Feel appreciated and rewarded by supporting others
  • Expand your knowledge, and skills
  • Develop life skills and experiences
  • Gain work experience for your resume
  • Make new friends
  • Have special memories to last a lifetime
  • Gain ongoing training
  • Experience unique opportunities
  • Enjoy yourself while enriching others
  • Have a pathway to employment
  • Share your interests or hobbies with others

Volunteer FAQs

Who can volunteer?

Potentially anyone, subject to checks and suitability. You can also volunteer as an individual, a couple or a whole family!

Is there a screening process?

Yes. All volunteers are subject to mandatory police and working with children checks (paid for by the agency), as well as reference checks.

Do I need to have any experience?

No. You just need to enjoy spending time with children and young adults. Having a positive attitude to life, a good sense of fun, patience and tolerance and acceptance of people for who they are, are much more important than experience.

I don’t know anything about disability, can I still volunteer?

Yes. You will be surprised how quickly you’ll learn about different ways of communicating and interacting. Your main job is to assist people to have as much fun as possible and that is not hard.

Do you provide any training?

Yes. Once you’re signed up as a volunteer, the Interchange Network agency will provide all the necessary resources and training.

Will signing up to be a volunteer cost me anything?

No. All checks and training are paid for by the agency.