New Model people stories

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  • Alfred, Matena, Kingi and Graeme moved out of residential services and into a flat last year using Choice in Community Living. Read more
  • Since moving into her own flat using Choice in Community Living, Amy is busier, has matured and is enjoying having more freedom. Read more
  • Before Annie met her Local Area Coordinator, she felt she was missing out on being connected to her community. With her LAC’s help, Annie now volunteers at indoor netball games, thrives in an aqua jogging class, and has someone who can walk alongside her. Read more
  • Blake and Ryan are enjoying their flatting lifestyle since moving into a house in Albany, thanks to Choice in Community Living. Read more
  • George shares his story of how his life has changed since he started using Enhanced Individualised Funding and Local Area Coordination. Read more
  • Best friends Glen and Alex always knew they would one day go flatting - and now they have, thanks to Choice in Community Living. Read more
  • With the support of his Local Area Coordinator, Kelvin says he has gained the confidence he needs to move forward with his life. He shares his story. Read more
  • Meeting his Local Area Coordinator has inspired Kelvin to turn his craft into a small business. Soon, you will find him at the Tauranga boat ramps, selling his colourful fishing flies to the city’s boaties. Read more
  • Since her first meeting with her Local Area Coordinator, Leanne has found a regular voluntary role, become involved in making Tauranga a better place for people with disabilities and is thinking about setting up her own business. Read more
  • Local Area Coordination and Enhanced Individualised Funding have made a “huge difference” to Melanie’s life. Read more
  • Murray has become more independent after shifting into his own flat using Choice in Community Living and taking charge of his budget. Read more
  • When Raymond joined Choice in Community Living and moved into his own home, he was fulfilling a five-year dream. Read more
  • Choice in Community Living has helped Choo Ying and Soren prepare for their son Reuben's future. Read more
  • When Sarah met her Local Area Coordinator (LAC), she knew she would one day want to change jobs but didn’t know what she could try instead. Her LAC has been working alongside her to help her find the right path. Read more
  • With the support of his Local Area Coordinator, Stephen has found a flat and joined a community netball team. He’s also gained the confidence to re-enter the workforce. Read more
  • Tania shares her experience of Local Area Coordination and how it has helped her find her own home. Read more
  • Tanya’s Local Area Coordinator encouraged her interest in Te Reo. She’s now studying at the Open Wānanga and has discovered a ‘true sense of whānau’ through an iwi radio station. Read more
  • Teresa has been able to see more of her whānau since moving into her own home with Choice in Community Living. Read more
  • Enhanced Individualised Funding has given Toni the flexibility to employ her own support workers who help her explore her hometown and take part in the activities she wants to do, including going to the gym and supporting others. Read more
  • Before taking up Enhanced Individualised Funding, Yi relied heavily on her husband. She is now in charge of her disability support and enjoys having more quality time with her family. Read more
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