Local Area Coordinators encourage you to dream big and make plans for a good life.

Our aim is to inspire you to discover all of the opportunities available in your community.

We first listen and learn about your goals and dreams. We can then connect you with the people, opportunities and community resources to achieve them.

We dream of a community approach where disabled people live well now, can dream big and live the life they have imagined.

Believing in Better e-book

Steps to an ordinary life for your family member with a disability.

‘There will be times when we simply must move beyond what is to what might be.’ Michael Kendrick, Kendrick Consulting International.

There is no better time than now for you and your family member with a disability to start imagining and building a more fulfilling life. Believing in Better will help you to make that life a reality.

Believing in Better provides you with the tools and the encouragement you need to take the steps towards a more positive future for your family, from creating a vision and surrounding yourself with support, to dealing with legal and financial details. Each step is reinforced by practical worksheets and interspersed with real-life stories to inspire you.

Believing in Better is an invaluable tool for families in search of a more meaningful life.

Click here to download the e-book for free.

About the Author
Lorna Sullivan has worked in the provision of support for disabled people and families for the past 30 years and has been involved in all aspects of service delivery, design and evaluation from hands on service provision, management and leadership to policy and purchasing, training, development and advocacy. Her particular areas of interest include working with disabled people and their families to build services and supports that are genuinely relevant to their needs and their individual pursuit for personally meaningful futures.

Our beliefs

  • He aha te mea nui? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata! What is the most important thing? It is people! It is people! It is people!
  • Te whare tapa whā. Value the whole person.
  • Investing in and supporting people to be their own agents of change.
  • Family, whānau and friends matter.
  • Sharing stories can teach, inspire and enrich lives.
  • Enhancing community connections through active citizenship.
  • Hope carries people a long way.
  • Information is powerful.
  • Sustainable practices and sustainable solutions.

Spirit and attributes

We aspire to be:

  • thought leaders
  • entrepreneurial
  • influential
  • visionary
  • responsive
  • collaborative
  • inclusive
  • authentic
  • ethical.