Before connecting with LAC Victoria, Annie was new to the Bay of Plenty and felt isolated from her local community.
Victoria created a personalised plan with Annie, to connect her with like-minded people and find work opportunities based on her interests and skills.
Annie now volunteers at a Primary School, one day a week. Annie does most of her volunteering role in the school library, which is a perfect fit given her love of reading and admiration of children. She also enjoys morning tea with teaching staff, as it provides an opportunity to socialise with peers her own age.
Victoria supported Annie to achieve another of her goals – learning to crochet. She now attends a local craft group every Wednesday and enjoys learning the new skill alongside her tutor Amy.
In her spare time, Annie stays fit as an active member of her local Taekwondo club. She is set to achieve her yellow belt status by early November.
Next year, Annie hopes to volunteer at Mainly Music, a programme that nurtures the enjoyment of music and movement in young children and their parents/caregivers.
“I’m so pleased with all the connections I have made since I met Victoria. It’s provided me with so many opportunities – it really means a lot”, Annie says.
For the first time in my life, I feel connected to my heritage and have found a sense of belonging.