Applications are now open from families interested in joining our first ever Yarra Ranges Family Camp.

This camp is for families who live, work or volunteer in the Yarra Ranges and have a child or young adult with disability or are exploring a diagnosis. Click here to view the camp flyer.

Family Camp is an opportunity for families who have a child or young adult with disability the chance to enjoy a weekend away together in a welcoming, inclusive and relaxed environment. New families welcome!

WHEN: 4pm Friday 9 Feb to 1.30pm Sunday 11 Feb 2024
WHERE: ADANAC, Yarra Junction
COST: $80pp capped at $320 per family incl. accomodation, meals & activities
ENQUIRIES: familysupport@ioe.org.au or call Jacinta on 9758 5522

A limited number of $25 day only attendance bookings are also available.
We recognise that this is an expensive time of the year, please get in touch if you need to discuss a payment plan.

Applications close at 5pm Sunday 10 December 2023.

Interchange Outer East thanks the Regional Community Recovery Committees (RCRCs). Yarra Ranges Family camp is made possible through the generous large grant received from the Yarra Ranges Community Led Recovery Large Grants program. This grant was made possible with funding allocated to the RCRCs from the Yarra Ranges Council and facilitated by the Community Enterprise Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Bendigo Bank.

AGM 2023

The Interchange Outer East Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at our main office in Ferntree Gully on Tuesday 14 November from 7pm to 8pm.

Meet the IOE Board of Management, witness the election of next year’s board members, hear about year 2022/23 and be the first to read the IOE Annual Report 2022/23 and Strategic Plan 2024 to 2028.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to ioe@ioe.org.au


Our annual FREE Family Fun Day, in partnership with Rotary Club of Balwyn is scheduled for Sunday 26 November from 11am to 3pm at Box Hill Miniature Railway.

For children and young adults with disability and their families, this is a fantastic day out for the whole family. Enjoy train rides, petting zoo, sausage sizzle, face painting, magic show, raffle … and more! We may even have a special visitor bringing some Christmas cheer.

Click here to view the event poster.

RSVP is essential: www.trybooking.com/CLKKM 

Can you help?

We are seeking donations for our raffle prizes. All proceeds support Interchange Outer East family support programs. If you are affiliated with any business or organisation who may be able to donate goods or services to be used as raffle prizes, please contact Jacinta Benne on 9758 5522 or familysupport@ioe.org.au


Our Interchange Outer East Prep4Work program participants present the inaugural IOE Christmas Twilight Market. At the market, you can purchase quality Christmas crafts and items from our Prep4Work participants and other IOE participants who have their own micro-businesses. A BBQ will be available for you to purchase your dinner, as well as soft drinks and raffle tickets.

Entry is free and street parking is available.

Thursday 30 November 2023 – 5pm to 7pm
Interchange Outer East, 5-7 Yose St, Ferntree Gully

Click here to view the event poster.


IOE’s annual March long weekend family camp held at Coonawarra Farm resort was once again a resounding success. This year approximately 180 people (families, volunteers and staff)  enjoyed the fun, fantastic activities and beautiful surrounds that make Coonawarra our favourite destination.  Each year we receive such positive feedback that, we decided to let the families’ comments tell the story of what family camp 2020 meant to them.

Family camp is:

‘A brilliant opportunity to meet, mingle and socialise with people in similar situations in an environment that is positive. It allows us to see and share our daughter’s camp experiences. Family camp is fun, supportive, empowering, enriching and emotionally fulfilling. Thanks so much for enabling and supporting this great event.’

‘Best time ever. I love being with my family on camp. I love family camp’

‘Incredibly well organised, very friendly and welcoming and amazing fun! Thank you so much’

‘I  love family camp. I like  the horses, the giant swing and the horses. I liked singing Drops of Jupiter in the talent show’

‘Seeing old friends and watching kids have fun. New friendships made and seeing our children being themselves. Watching the children’s faces as they interact with staff and volunteers. Staff and volunteers make the camp run so smoothly’

‘Includes everyone. It is where families on all different journeys get together in a relaxed and friendly environment, doing activities that they normally wouldn’t do and where you make new friends. …where you find you are not alone. Fun and awesome!’

‘Awesome, great, fun lots of fun, lovely, fantastic!!’

‘An inclusive, fun, bonding experience amongst and with like minded families. A place to relax, belong and not feel judged. A place to make new friends and laugh. A place where I saw my little girl’s anxieties slip away and saw her beautiful self shine through.’

Interchange Outer East continues to provide a range of programs which support every family member – a practical testimony to our belief that supported families become stronger, more resilient, less stressed  and better able to continue in their caring role.

Family camps are just one of these support programs. They have become such a calendar highlight for so many families, that IOE’s Family Camp Program has been extended and now consists of four camps each  year.




You are invited to attend Interchange Outer East’s 2019 Annual General Meeting.


When: Tuesday 29 October from 7.00pm

Where: IOE Keith Thornton Training Room  5 – 7 Yose St Ferntree Gully

Reply: to erin.wegberg@ioe.org.au

Come along to hear what has been happening at IOE during 2018-2019 and our direction and plans for the coming year.




It’s on again. Interchange Outer East and Rotary Club of Balwyn invite all children with disabilities, their families and carers to the annual end of year FAMILY FUN DAY

When? Saturday 24 November 2019 from 11am – 3pm
Where? Box Hill Miniature Railway, cnr Belmore & Elgar Rds Box Hill.

Lots of FREE fun for all. Train rides, jumping castle, magic show, face painting plus lots more. There will be a sausage sizzle (with vegie option), drinks, icy poles and showbags plus a visit from Santa.

The FAMILY FUN DAY is proudly supported by Rotary Club of Balwyn, Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway plus numerous local businesses and community organisations.

For more information contact Interchange Outer East on 9758 5522 or familysupport@ioe.org.au RSVP online – www.trybooking.com/BEXIQ

Download the flyer and share it with your friends


Last chance to get your tickets for IOE’s RISE conference! Book today at bit.ly/IOERise2019

Only 11 more days until Conference Day. We have an excellent line up of speakers who are sure to inform, educate and inspire you with their stories of experience of living and working with disability.

Everyone is welcome. This is a conference for the whole community.

Even though tickets sales officially close today (Friday 4 October)  if you contact IOE  before Tuesday 15, we still may be able to squeeze you in.

Ticket price is $50 – an absolute bargain for a day of such quality speakers and excellent catering!

The conference will be held on Tuesday 15 October 2019 from 9am – 5pm at  1330 Conference Centre, 1330 Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby, Vic 3179

Take a read of the speaker bios at https://www.ioe.org.au/news-and-events/ioe-conference-rise/

See you all there!