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disAbility Support Services

Since 1988 Interchange Shoalhaven has championed support for people in the Shoalhaven to access meaningful respite opportunities that connect individuals with their communities and interests across the region.
Please peruse our website for information on all the services and programs we offer and feel free to “Contact Us” if you require more information.

Group Respite Care (also known as ‘short-term care’) is a form of support for you and your carer. It gives your carer the opportunity to attend to everyday activities while allowing you to interact with others through Interchange Programs.

Group Respite may be for a few hours or for longer periods, depending on your needs and the organisations programs, the needs of the person who cares for you, your eligibility and what services are available in your area.

Check out the programs currently being run by Interchange Shoalhaven.

Our team are leading partners in the support of people across the Shoalhaven

Drew Sullivan

Leader Operational Solutions

Drew Sullivan

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Seuss

Maxine Sexton

Accounts Officer

Maxine Sexton

“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.” – Virginia Satir

Emma

Administration Officer

Emma

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always. ” – Robin Williams

Jacinta Pryde

Team Coach

Jacinta Pryde

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Tania Floyd

Team Coach

Tania Floyd

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Narcotics Anonymous

Jasmine Simpson

Team Coach

Jasmine Simpson

“I am not what happened to me I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung

Kylie Farrer

Team Coach

Kylie Farrer

“Someone asked them to be quiet, so it’s just a matter of a time before all hell breaks loose.” ― Brian Andreas

Kathryne Harkness

Support Coordinator

Kathryne Harkness

“What I know for sure is this: The big secret in life is that there is no big secret … There’s just you, this moment and a choice.” – Oprah Winfrey

Jessie Surplice

Support Coordinator

Jessie Surplice

“Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.” – Kenneth Branagh

We had a lovely visit on Friday from Jess - one of our Support Coordinators - and her gorgeous baby Benjamin 😍 Thank you for the cuddles!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Wishing our wonderful Support Coordinator - Kathryne a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, from all of us at Interchange Shoalhaven!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Say it in pictures design competition OPEN NOW 🎨 🎥

This year, the Nowra Domestic Violence, White Ribbon Working Party is inviting children and young people from the Shoalhaven to use their creative skills to talk about Respectful Relationships and Gender Equality.

Budding young artists can win $150 for a first prize, $125 for a second and $75 for a third prize, in each of the four age categories (Kindergarten up to 24 year old youth). Children can submit a video, drawing, painting, photography, video or storyboard that shows their interpretation of the theme ‘respectful relationships and gender equality.'

The competition closes on Friday, 27th September 2019, with the winner announced at a White Ribbon Morning Tea on Friday, 22nd November 2019. See below the Competition posters for Children and Young Adults.

Australian research has found that one in four children are exposed to domestic violence and women who were exposed to domestic violence as children were more than twice as likely to be subjected to partner violence themselves. Gender inequality is cited as a key determinant or factor that underpins violence against women and therefore the Nowra DV Committee recognises the importance of educating children and young people about gender equality and respectful relationships. This competition is a part of that ongoing conversation.

If you would like more information about the competition or to obtain a registration form go to www.shoalcoast.org.au.
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Vanessa from our 'FLAIR' Adult Day Program was very proud of the wholemeal muffin mini pizzas she made for lunch last week! They look delicious 🍕 ... See MoreSee Less

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Did you know that in Australia we lose 8 people to suicide every day? And 6 of them are men.

We all need to do our part in helping to prevent suicide.
Gatekeepers are individuals who are likely to come into contact with people at risk of suicide.

Gatekeeper training aims to equip those individuals with the skills to recognise and respond appropriately to people at risk of suicide and assist them to seek appropriate help.

QPR strands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognise the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer (QPR) someone to help.

The QPR training course will provide you with:

- Knowledge and skills to identify warning signs that someone may be suicidal
- Confidence to talk to them about suicidal thoughts
- Connect them with professional care

Lifeline South Coast will be delivering this QPR suicide awareness session face-to-face in the Shoalhaven on Monday 15 July.

This is a FREE session for participants who work with or are parents of young people, but places are very limited.

Monday 15 July, 5.30pm-8.30pm

Sanctuary Point Youth Centre,
34 Paradise Beach Road, Sanctuary Point
39-41 Vale Street, Cooma

If you are available to come along to this session, please rsvp to training@llsc.org.au ASAP.

We will confirm your position via email.

If you, so someone you know needs support, please call Lifeline NOW on 13 11 14
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Just drop us a line, if you want to work together. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Interchange Shoalhaven

37 Holloway Rd,South Nowra

(02) 4423 0255

info@is.org.au

Group Respite

Group Respite Care (also known as ‘short-term care’) is a form of support for you and your carer. It gives your carer the opportunity to attend to everyday activities while allowing you to interact with others through Interchange Programs.

Group Respite may be for a few hours or for longer periods, depending on your needs and the organisations programs, the needs of the person who cares for you, your eligibility and what services are available in your area.

Check out the programs currently being run by Interchange Shoalhaven.

Respite

Respite care (also known as ‘short-term care’) is a form of support for you and your carer. It gives your carer the opportunity to attend to everyday activities or go on holidays while ensuring your needs are supported. Respite care may be given informally by family, friends or neighbours, or by formal respite services. Things like respite care may mean your carer can continue in caring for you longer.

Respite care may be for a few hours or days or for longer periods, depending on your needs, the needs of the person who cares for you, your eligibility and what services are available in your area. It can happen in your home or at facilities such as an overnight respite cottage, a day centre or residential care facility.

About Us


We exist to work with people with disAbilities, their families and carers, to provide a range of high quality support services that will foster their access to and  participation in the community in a flexible, responsive and accountable manner.


Meet the Interchange Board of Directors

Anne Deck

President

Anne Deck

Extensive experience working in both mental health and aged care systems. Read More…

Sue Josephsen

Vice President

Sue Josephsen

My background is in Science teaching and school administration.  Read More…

Lois Sparkes

Secretary

Lois Sparkes

Former senior executive that has over 30 years’ experience in public policy. Read More…

Sue Sheridan

Treasurer

Sue Sheridan

Sue has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Read More…

Peter McVay

Board Member

Peter McVay

Peter has a Masters of Business Administration,  Read More…

Ellen Thornthwaite

Board Member

Ellen Thornthwaite

I am a Finance Broker and the owner of,  Read More…

Avalon Bourne

Board Member

Avalon Bourne

Avalon is the founder and director of a community-based social enterprise, Read More…

Mary-Jean Lewis

Board Member

Mary-Jean Lewis

Mary-Jean completed High School in 2005, and went on to study a Bachelor of,  Read More…