People's Stories


Andrew enjoys a visit from his parents but it’s his dad he’s particularly looking forward to seeing. He’s already organised to help cook him LUNCH on Friday.

At the Brackenridge shared home, support person Kay joins in the banter while carefully applying hair dye on Janet like a seasoned professional. “Janet wants to be a redhead, so we’re going burgundy,” she declares.


Meet Shawn.

A lovable 36-year-old raised in Twizel who flats with three other guys his own age and has a collection of gold medals that he is super proud of. 

Shawn competed in the swimming at the Special Olympics last year where he won one gold, one silver, and two bronze. He’s already training and planning to go again in 2021.  Shawn also works for a local gardening business five days a week; he loves it so much he started growing one of his own.


Meet Simon.

Simon never misses Thursdays with mum Ann-Marie.  It’s a highlight for them both with a morning at the gym topped off with an iced coffee at their favourite café, Silverbacks in Cashmere. Simon has an infectious grin which hides a wicked sense of humour.  A photograph of Simon and his sister shows him pulling the well-known face from his favourite movie ‘Home Alone’. It’s a favourite on his Facebook page.  He happily slurps the last of the cream from his iced coffee.


On a beautiful afternoon, Ann walks around the garden of the Upper Riccarton home that she shares with housemates Karen, Lorraine and Vicky, soaking up the last of the autumn sunrays.

It’s been a lovely long summer which meant many trips to the swimming pool for Ann, and she’s excited about still being able to go twice a week to the heated one at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre.  Ann enjoys floating freely in the water and many comment it is when she looks happiest.