Who we are
Susan and Cyndi are based at Life Unlimited, 5 Bouverie Street, Petone.
You can contact us here – we’re always happy to talk to you and your whānau.
Local Area Coordination is a holistic way of working with people towards a good life. It’s an opportunity to explore and think about what is possible – and then make the steps towards that vision.
The best thing about being a Local Area Coordinator is meeting people and getting to know what makes them tick.
Before I started as a Local Area Coordinator, I was working with young adults transitioning from school. My experience in the disability sector is mixed with education, arts and event management. A Jackie of all trades!
Cyndi and I are happy to meet wherever you’re most comfortable. Most people invite us to their homes but some also come to our 70s-inspired office or we meet at a café.
In my spare time, I enjoy taking my dog for walks on the beach, gardening, making creative messes and frequenting op shops.
Phone: 021 652 943
Local Area Coordination encourages people to make their own choices. We work wherever people are. I’ve had meetings everywhere – in a food court at the local mall, the library, at someone’s home. Sometimes it’s as simple as picking up takeaway coffee and popping in for a chat. There’s no pressure.
As a Local Area Coordinator, we get to meet so many people we wouldn’t meet if we were in any other role. Our community is diverse. There are amazing people out there who have the most wonderful stories to tell.
I’ve lived in the Hutt Valley for more than nine years. I’m South African, though I’ve also lived in the UK and Australia. My training is in special education and I’ve taught in three countries.
My son and I love living in the Hutt Valley because you don’t have to drive very far before you hit the sea and then in the other direction you have beautiful mountains and vineyards. I can’t get enough of the beach! I also love writing and reading books. I LOVE coffee – you could say I live on it!
Phone: 021 651 083