Interchange Illawarra is celebrating 40 years

Interchange: They are very proud of the work they do to assist people with disabilities to discover activities they love, maintain friendships, and live full and meaningful lives. Photo: Supplied
Interchange: They are very proud of the work they do to assist people with disabilities to discover activities they love, maintain friendships, and live full and meaningful lives. Photo: Supplied

Interchange Illawarra is excited to be marking 40 years of serving the Illawarra community.

Since their foundation in 1981 they have supported people with disabilities, and their carers, to live full and meaningful lives.

From very humble beginnings, Interchange has significantly grown their team of paid staff and volunteers, but at heart they are still just a very big family.

With uncertainty around large gatherings, especially for the vulnerable community, Interchange is celebrating with an online simultaneous picnic.

Participants, their families, carers, volunteers and support workers are invited to join this special event, held on Friday, December 3, 2021, from 6pm-7pm.

Invited participants will be encouraged to decorate their picnic space and dress in the Interchange colours of red and purple.

They will also be provided with a mystery 'Party Box' with instructions not to open it until the signal is given at the event.

The picnic will feature entertainment from Sophie Wallis and Circus WOW.

Interchange encourages the broader community to say happy 40th birthday with a photo or video message that may be featured at the party or on social media in the leadup to the big day.

They are also seeking historical photos of Interchange events and activities over the last 40 years.

Special thanks is given to Interchange's major sponsor, Webb Financial, who has committed to making this celebration happen. Other sponsors include HLB Mann Judd, Heard McEwan, Money Quest, RAMS, Wests Illawarra and SWA Financial Planning.

"We are excited to bring this special celebration to the people who choose Interchange for their support needs, their families, volunteers and workers," said Jake Pearson, CEO, Interchange Illawarra.

"Forty years is a huge achievement for a small but mighty organisation. We are very proud of the work we do to assist people with disabilities to discover activities they love, maintain friendships, and live full and meaningful lives."

Interchange Illawarra provides a choice of services for people with disability and their parents/carers. They offer flexible support options, caring for not only the physical wellbeing of participants, but also encouraging the discovery of new talents and abilities, forming friendships and enriching lives.

Interchange team members are professional, yet still friendly, warm, and interested in the lives and experiences of the people they support.

For more information see interchangeillawarra.org or call 4227 1079. For sponsorship opportunities, to send your birthday messages or historic photos contact Tessa Parsons, event manager on events@cigroup.org.au

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