Carer and Family Support

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family support programs

•    Mothers can relax, have time out and enjoy the friendship of other women on a number of day activities and weekends away throughout the year. A great chance to network and share experiences too but the emphasis is on ‘social’. Activities include day and night outings to markets, theatre, picnics, boat trips, pubs, music events … plus any other activity that involves fun and food!
Mothers social program July-December: View program and register your interest via Any questions? Contact Sandra 9758 5522.

•    Weekend camps and social outings just for Dads give fathers the chance to relax, unwind, have a break, do exciting and unexpected things, have fun and just enjoy the companionship and support of other fathers.
Fathers social program February – December 2017:  Register via or contact Mark or Erin 9758 5522 View the flyer for activity details.

•    Occasional ‘Dads and Kids’ camps, are a great opportunity for fathers to have a fun time away with their children, together with other dads and their kids – plus a few volunteers –just in case!


IOE facilitates regular support groups for carers throughout the eastern region of Melbourne. A program of workshops and guest speakers provide support, information and resources in a relaxed and welcoming environment. As well as these more information based events, the groups offer a variety of social and recreational activities for carers which provide opportunities for social connection. Groups are currently located in Whitehorse, Maroondah, Knox, Boroondara, Monash, Yarra Ranges, Yarra Valley and a new multicultural group in Manningham.

Check out the upcoming activities!
Carer Support Groups Program October-December: View program of events HERE and register for activities

Carer Support Groups Program May – November – Yarra Valley:  View program of events HERE and register for activities


Information, support and social activities for older people caring for a grandchild with a disability under 18 years of age.  Some activities are planned to include the children as well!
Contact Karen 9758 5522 or email Program for remainder of 2017 coming soon.


An IOE tradition, Family Camp is held over the March long weekend of each year at Coonawarra Resort near Sale.  A spectacular campsite, loads of activities, plenty of opportunity for relaxation, fun and socialisation and a supportive and friendly environment, make this very popular camp the highlight of the year for many families.

A second family camp at Portsea in November focuses on bringing together families who are new to Interchange Outer East programs. Read about Portsea camp 2017 HERE

Interchange Staff coordinate the camp and all activities. Volunteer support is available to assist families.


An end of year get together plus occasional social days give families the chance to have fun and connect socially with other families.


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