As we fast approach the end of the year it is a time to reflect on what has been undertaken and achieved, but also a time to look forward and imagine what exciting new opportunities the new year will bring.
2015 has already seen us implementing new approaches . The inclusion of our Flexible Care Staff has significantly opened up our ability to promote increased opportunities for individuals and their families. Our volunteers continue to be the core of Interchange. As we move forward we are committed to strengthening our volunteer supported services.
At interchange we are excited about looking forward into the new year.
We know it will be a busy year as we prepare to transition into a service system under the NDIS but with change brings opportunity. We have been working with our membership organisation, Interchange Inc to ensure the requirements of maintaining a volunteer supported model are provided for under the NDIS funding model. Maintaining volunteer services is essential not only from an economic perspective, but importantly for the social and cultural health and vigor of our community. As an organisation founded on the intrinsic value and benefit of community engagement, we see first hand the essential role volunteers play in ‘making a difference’. Volunteering and engagement in the disability sector however does not just happen. It needs to be coordinated and overseen to ensure the rights and safety of all involved are maintained and protected. Along with our member agencies we will be lobbying for the role of volunteer coordination to be clearly and strongly represented in the NDIS model. We feel it is essential that programs like the Host program are readily supported under the new model as a choice option for individuals and families .
There is still much to be clarified before we transition to the NDIS on the scheduled date, 1st October 2017. We will endeavor to keep you informed as we move through this period.
In recognizing the significant role that volunteers do undertake I would like to extend a huge thank you to the 120 Volunteers that have been part of the Interchange team this year. The opportunities and connections you have created for individuals and their families has been immeasurable.
Thank you also to the incredibly committed and dedicated staff that I have the pleasure of working with. They say ‘from small things big things grow’ This is definitely reflective of our small but industrious team.