Local Area Coordination
Local Area Coordination is a community-based approach to working with disabled people.
Our independent Local Area Coordinators (LACs) can work alongside you and your whānau to help you take practical steps towards the life you imagine.
What do LACs do?
LACs encourage you to dream big and make plans for a good life. They can then connect you with people and opportunities in your local community to help you achieve your goals.
Our LACs can work with you to:
- identify what a good life is for you
- develop a plan to achieve the life you imagine
- find natural (unpaid) supports within your community, hapū and marae
- learn about opportunities near your home
- build connections with local people and places.
LACs also encourage and support local communities to be inclusive and welcoming to all. They work closely with local people, businesses, organisations and marae.
Who can work with an LAC?
AccessAbility offers Local Area Coordination to people from birth to 65 years of age in parts of Central Otago and Southland. View our map to see if Local Area Coordination is available in your hometown through AccessAbility.
Anyone can ask an LAC for free information and advice. To work with an LAC long-term, you must be eligible for support through AccessAbility.
LAC in other areas of New Zealand
Local Area Coordination is also available in the Bay of Plenty, Lakes District and the Hutt Valley through other organisations.
Work at your pace
You can choose the level of involvement you have with an LAC and you can work at your own pace. You might just want information, you might want to work towards long term goals – or you could be wanting something in between. LACs are flexible.
How do I get started?
Contact the LAC for your area.
Jenny Hogg, Local Area Coordinator – Team Leader
Phone: 03 928 5253
Mobile: 027 445 4622
Harriet Toa, Local Area Coordinator for Dunedin
Phone: 03 929 1433
Mobile: 027 500 2281
Lina Langford, Local Area Coordinator for Invercargill
Phone: 03 928 5231
Mobile: 027 445 4621
Contact our Otago and Southland office and ask about Local Area Coordination.
Phone: 0800 758 700
Level 1, Burns House
10 George Street
Talk to us during your next Needs Assessment and ask to be referred to an LAC.
Meet the LACs
“It’s a role where I can get together with people, share ideas, plant seeds and then they can go off and grow those ideas themselves. I was born here in Invercargill and I always know someone who knows someone.”
“I believe this is where I am meant to be. This role is perfect for me – it is all about people and achieving dreams. I couldn’t wish for anything better!”
“I look forward to my new role as an LAC; to walk alongside some inspiring individuals and their families.”
Working with his Local Area Coordinator, Jack has come up with some big ideas for his future. His ultimate dream is to work in the sports industry. At the moment he’s focused on cycling, his micro-business and his radio show.
Learn about the principles Local Area Coordination is based on and how the approach was started in New Zealand.