MOIRA’s Interchange Host program pairs young people who have a disability with volunteer hosts. Each child is hosted by a volunteer on a regular basis for a minimum of 12 months – with many of these relationships lasting for years.
This relationship provides opportunities to extend the young person’s social contacts, experiences and friendships through various recreation and social activities, while maintaining a sense of security. Each child benefits from a relationship which is just for them.
Volunteer hosts can be singles, couples or families of any age who may or may not have experience with young people with disabilities. As compatibility is the key to the success of this program, MOIRA carefully considers common interests, lifestyles and flexibility.
To be eligible for the program, the person must have a disability and be between three and 17 years of age. The young person must also be living at home with a parent or carer in one of the following Local Government Areas:
Individuals with a psychiatric illness, a physical illness, ADHD and ADD are not eligible for Home and Community Care (HACC) funded services as directed by the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).
Potential volunteers undergo a rigorous process of background checks, home visits, assessment and training over a number of weeks before they are accepted into the program. The host assessment procedure includes a number of stages:
Submitted applications are reviewed by MOIRA, and an initial phone interview is conducted.
Potential volunteer hosts are required to provide the contact details for two referees; one personal and one professional.
MOIRA will arrange a home visit to meet the potential volunteer host, assess the environment and discuss the volunteer host’s expectations.
All persons over 18 years of age living at the residential address of the applicant must undergo a police check and a Working with Children Check.
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