Yarra Valley Hub Success

March 30, 2017

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The lack of available support services in the Yarra Valley for both families of people with disabilities and local youth,  prompted Interchange Outer East to open a service hub in Yarra Junction in 2016. Many of the programs and services offered replicate those operating from IOE’s Ferntree Gully office – holiday programs, respite services, weekend recreational activities for various age groups, family, parent and carer support activities …  Some are unique to the area, such the Friday Youth Hangout, a popular destination for the local youth.

The hub has also been responsible for a number of community initiatives,including a very successful expo, events which are open to the local community, either sponsored by or in collaboration with, local businesses, clubs and other organisations. True inclusion is at the heart of many of these events which have had keen participation from the community, including people with disabilities and their families. With locally based staff, volunteers and support workers, the emphasis is on community and making the most of what the Yarra Valley has to offer.

The hub, which is based at Yarraburn in Yarra Junction is coordinated by Heather Sayer who, together with her team, has worked to establish the service and to ensure it reaches an ever increasing number of families who previously had little or no locally available support. The hub has been a real success story and a life-changer for those Valley families.

Watch the video below as Heather talks about the Yarraburn hub, its achievements and the future direction.

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