Interchange’s peak body,  Interchange Incorporated, launched its national call to action for more volunteers and greater awareness of volunteering in the disability sector,  on International Volunteer Day, December 5. You may have seen or heard the story over the media or seen the #VolunteerForDisability hashtag on your Facebook news feed.

This campaign is one element of Interchange Incorporated’s national project, funded by the NDIA’s Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant program. The ILC initiative is the other, lesser known, half of the NDIS and allows organisations to carry out community inclusion and awareness activities that improve outcomes for people with a disability.

Interchange Outer East is playing a significant role in the implementation of this national volunteer project, working closely with Interchange Incorporated to raise awareness of volunteering in the disability sector, as well as working to highlight the contribution that people with disability can make as volunteers. The project’s governance committee is working closely with a public relations company as well as a professional video production company to create high quality content to share with the media and across social media channels in order to best demonstrate the many benefits to volunteering for everyone.

We encourage the IOE Family to get behind the #VolunteerForDisability campaign by sharing posts and videos on Facebook and telling their friends about the huge benefits of volunteering – not only for the volunteer but for children and young people with disability and their families!

If you missed the media coverage so far, here are some links to check out:
ABC 7pm News – https://youtu.be/PYCsUQtpmbk
ABC Radio – https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/worldtoday/children-young-people-with-disability-face-volunteer-shortfall/9240658
ABC Online – https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-08/disability-volunteer-shortfall-ndis/9235676
The Guardian – https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/08/disability-sector-risks-losing-volunteers-over-ndis-uncertainty-groups-warn
WIN News Bendigo – https://bit.ly/2z4FvuW
ProBono Australia – https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2017/12/australians-urged-volunteer-disability-sector/
Meet Chiara and the Horans; a FANTASTIC host volunteer story – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhGV6tYEK2Q

Interested in volunteering? Visit  https://www.interchange.org.au