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July edition of Interchat – Monthly newsletter of Interchange Loddon-Mallee

Welcome to Interchange Loddon-Mallee Region’s monthly newsletter.

Quick Links to our Top Stories…

Exciting Changes to Social Groups!

Smaller Groups
Wide range of social activities
Chosen by group participants
Available weekdays & weekends
Choice & Control to achieve your Goals

In order to provide more choice and control to participants of our Adult and Youth Social Groups we are making a few changes….

Rather than nominating events from a set quarterly timetable, we will now be presenting options to you on a fortnightly basis.

And instead of events being held predominantly on a Friday evening, social activities will be held during the day, weekdays and weekends depending on demand.

Groups will be smaller allowing you to attend activities of your interest, socialise with friends and work towards achieving your individual goals.

So put your thinking caps on, and let us know what sorts of social activities you would like to do?  Perhaps fishing, sporting events, cooking, painting, music, swimming gardening and of course social group favourites such as bowling, Jumpz, movies and more!  Email your suggestion today!

Email your Social Group Suggestion…
Looking to Getaway – How About the Gold Coast?

We are currently calling for Expressions of Interest in a holiday to the Gold Coast.

Funded Participants will enjoy exploring Surfers Paradise along with visits to three Theme Parks and the Australian Outback Spectacular!

This getaway will provide opportunities to develop social skills and life skills, build independence and meet new friends.

To register your interest or gain further information, please contact Rob Fisher on 03 5441 1599 or email

Jarrod’s Sydney Sightseeing and AFL

Jarrod went to Sydney recently to watch his beloved Bombers take on the Swans at the SCG.

All was going well for Jarrod until the Bombers were beaten by a single point… after the final siren!

All was not lost though, as Jarrod and Community Facilitator Karen went on a fabulous sight-seeing tour of Sydney and it’s magnificent harbour.

Click on image above to watch a video of Jarrod’s Sydney Adventure 🙂

Stevie’s Sewing Weekend

One June weekend Stevie had some support with Carmel.

From a local fabric shop Stevie chose some fabric and also selected a pattern from Carmel’s collection.  The goal to make some nice warm pyjamas!

Stevie had a fantastic time assisting Carmel to operate the sewing machine by pressing the pedal.

Their combined effort  created some toasty looking PJ’s that are sure to keep Stevie warm on these cold winter nights!

For anyone interested in Handcycling

Paralympian and national champion handcyclist Michael Taylor will be hosting an informal information session on the sport and his achievements.

Michael Taylor took up the sport of handcycling after a car accident in 2003 left him in a wheelchair. While he was undergoing rehabilitation Michael was introduced to cycling using a handcycle and since then has qualified for two Paralympics, represented Australia in world championships and competed in several countries.

WHEN:   Thursday 13th July @ 11.30am

WHERE   Interchange Loddon Mallee
127 Mitchell Street, Bendigo.

For more information or to RSVP your attendance please call 5441 1599 or

An Accessible Toilet in the corridor near the Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre has recently been upgraded to include a ceiling hoist and a height adjustable adult size change table. Please note that you will need to provide your own sling for the ceiling hoist and there are instructions on the wall for the ceiling hoist.

The facility is available for use by the public from Monday to Friday 9:00am – 6pm and Sat 10am – 3pm.

The remote control for the change table is located under the change table, please return it to this location after use as we wish to keep it out of sight of people who do not require this level of equipment.

Overnight Stay at Gol Gol a Success

On June 23rd to 24th the Mildura team participated in an overnight stay at the Gol Gol Caravan Park.

Here the participants had a great time accessing the community, learning social & life skills whilst increasing their social connections with their peers. By all accounts the participants and staff had a fantastic time.

Click the image above to enjoy all the photos from the Overnight Stay 🙂

Interchange New Recruits

Please meet our newly recruited Community Facilitators and Volunteers who are very excited about the prospct of working with our participants and their families.

A big welcome to Alyson Gillies and Candice Jackson who join our team of Community Facilitators.

And thank you to Amanda Poyner, Hayley Bermingham and Mark Aicken for giving up your time to assist our staff and gain valuable skills volunteering on our wide range of programs.

Look out for these smiling faces in the community as they commence their journey with Interchange!

Presented by Tony Attwood, well known for sharing his extensive knowledge of Asperger Syndrome. He has a private practice in Brisbane and is an adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland. Tony has written many papers and two best selling books on Asperger Syndrome.

Suitable for Teachers, Teacher Assistants, Early Childhood Educator, Parents, family members, care staff, educators, clinicians—anyone wanting to understand more about Autism Spectrum Disorder and how to support children and adults with an ASD.

Friday 11th Aug 2017
All Seasons 171-183 McIvor Road BENDIGO
9.30am to 3.00pm (Doors open 9am)

Learn More…

Real Life NDIS Stories

Addressing delays for Luke

Luke, a three-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder.
He has a language delay, is frightened by loud noises, unfamiliar sounds, smells and lights and has the occasional meltdown.  Luke won’t eat foods with certain textures, has a poor sleep pattern and is not toilet trained.

Read how Luke’s NDIS Plan is assisting him to reach his goals through access to a range of early intervention supports and specialised therapy.  Read more….

Alex eyes greater independence

Alex, 23 lives with intellectual disability, dyspraxia, cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
He lives at home with his mother, father and sister, where his behaviour often causes conflict. Alex is keen to get a job, and eventually to move out of home with some friends

Through the NDIS planning process, Alex’s primary goal of having a job is now achievable by assisting to increase his work-readiness and providing him with the supports to transition to more independent living.  Read more…

Intereach are running NDIS 101 workshops across the Loddon area.  These are a great opportunity for you to learn (or revisit what you have learnt) and to ask lots of questions about the NDIS and what to expect.

The upcoming dates for our NDIS 101 workshops are:

Tuesday 11 July, 1.00pm to 2.30pm
Intereach, 384 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo

Wednesday 19 July, 11.00am – 12.30pm
Intereach , 205 Hargreaves Street, Echuca

Wednesday 26 July, 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Maryborough Community House, 23 Primrose Street, Maryborough

Attendance is free, but please RSVP:
Register online by clicking here, or
Email , or
Ph 1300 910 578.

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Message for BAAG members and friends from Jeannette Purkis re. upcoming book

Hi All,

I thought you might like to be among the first to know I have a new book coming out in late November. It is collaboration with Dr Emma Goodall. It is intended for parents of Autistic kids aged 2-10 to help build their resilience through support and understanding. There is a sequel on its way which is the same kind of thing but for parents of kids and young adults aged 11-20. Being entirely unbiased I think it is awesome. On a related note, every time I type ‘resilience’ I spell it wrong! J

Let me know closer to November if you want one.


Jeanette Purkis


Write-ability Goes Regional and Online in Loddon


Write‐ability Goes Regional and Online in Loddon

A program for writers with disability

Have you always wanted to write? Writers Victoria’s Write‐ability Goes Regional and Online program is designed to develop the skills of aspiring writers with disability in regional Victoria.

The three‐year program shadows the NDIS rollout and launches in the Loddon region in Bendigo on Wednesday 2 August with our Own Voices: Why Writing Matters forum, followed by a monthly writing group.

The forum is for people with disability in the Loddon NDIS region, as well as arts and community development workers, disability and health service providers, teachers, local councils and libraries.

The forum is the second to be held in the state after Ballarat’s successful event in April, and will examine how writing and storytelling can help develop new ways of thinking about the self, disability, and community. Writers Victoria staff will explain the Social Model of Disability, best‐practice language, advocacy and power, and share some tips on how to write about disability. Disability advocate Jax Jacki Brown, who recently visited the Loddon region as part of the State Government’s LGBTI Equality Roadshow, will lead forum participants in a workshop to help develop their creative and writing skills.

The monthly writing group for people with disability will be led by a local mentor, include author talks and webinars, and aims to develop writing skills and industry knowledge.

Writing group participants are required to be members of Writers Victoria, which is offering disabled writers in the Loddon NDIS region 30% off membership until 31 October. Visit the website for more information.

Get involved

For more information on how to get involved, email Alex

For more information about Write‐ability Goes Regional and Online or to book for the forum, visit

About Write‐ability

One of the only disability‐led literary initiatives in Australia, Write‐ability began in 2012 as a partnership with Arts Access Victoria. It aims to engage with and support writers with disability, who are still hugely under‐represented in the writing and publishing sectors.

Write‐ability is built around the importance of self‐told stories, disability leadership and peer support, and of the need to create opportunities for even the quietest voices to be heard.

The Write‐ability program is a partnership between Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria. This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund. Write‐ability is also supported by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.

Writers Victoria Inc

Level 3, 176
Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Tel: 03 9094 7855
Fax: 03 9650 8010

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm

ABN: 18 268 487 576

ASN: A0019533Z

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