Our Approach

“The power of good friends and forever friendships cannot be underestimated. The health benefits, both physically and mentally, are repeatedly documented. We have all formed and found tribes throughout our lives but the question now is: How will A Slice of Life change yours?

Christine Cockburn, Founder

At A Slice of Life, everything we do is based on dignity, respect and empowerment.

We truly want the very best for all the people we work with. This includes participants, their families and our team.

Whether you’re working with our social, education, support or home & garden maintenance team, we all have one thing in common. Our focus is on you and how we can help you live your best life. As a result, you have more fun, more friends, more activities, more opportunities and greater peace of mind.

Above all, our primary goal is to create a supportive community where you have choice and control.

In line with this goal, at our social activities and trips away, we want you to feel welcome, make friends, learn new skills, relax and be yourself.

Our education programs ensure that you’re learning skills that will improve your independence. This will hopefully help you get a job that you enjoy.

Similarly, with our support and support coordination, our aim is to connect you with workers and services that match your personality, needs and goals.

Finally, our home and garden maintenance team will work with you respectfully to restore your home to a safe, clean environment. We can also put organisation systems into place that are easily managed for sustainable change.

Our personal approach creates an environment full of opportunity and possibility.

A Slice of Life: The place to find your tribe.

Meet the team

Christine Cockburn

Facilitator of Fun & Empowerment

Christine is the founder and owner of A Slice of Life. With a background in travel, catering and disability support, Christine is passionate about creating inclusive, fun, empowering programs for people with additional needs. She has an excellent working knowledge of the NDIS, has worked as a Local Area Coordinator and Support Co-ordinator.

In line with her purpose, Christine is building a team of skilled, caring people to deliver exceptional services. Specifically, working with people with complex and changing health care needs as well as with low support needs are the core of Christine’s focus.

Likewise, she is passionate about supporting people to be independent, confident, healthy and happy in their lives.

Gaye Liston

Facilitator of All Things Admin

Gaye Liston is a highly valued member of the team looking after all things to do with administration and NDIS related. She has extensive experience working as a Local Area Coordinator and is highly organised. Additionally, she has an excellent understanding of the NDIS and its intricacies.

Gaye is compassionate, gentle and patient when working with people, with a goal of wanting the very best outcomes for everyone. When she’s dealing with systems and processes, she’s professional, efficient and detail-oriented whilst able to see how the details make up the big picture.

When she’s not at work, Gaye loves going to the beach, walking, travelling, going out to restaurants and the theatre.

Jacqueline Scully

Facilitator of Support & Independence

Jacqueline heads up the Decluttering and Organisation division and also supports young people within the community and at social events. She has extensive experience in education, learning support, real estate and strata sectors.

Throughout her life, Jacqueline has developed vital skills that allow her to show compassion and empathy for every person. She also embraces cultural diversity.

Jacqueline is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Biripi tribe. She is also mother to two teenage daughters, both with additional needs. This life experience has allowed her to experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of parenthood and how important social opportunities are for young people.

Bevan Scaife

Facilitator of Support & Connection

Bevan Scaife heads up our Support Coordination division. His career has been diverse, but always based on building strong relationships, exceeding customer expectations and achieving excellent outcomes.

Bevan has a real motivation and passion to improve the daily lives of our clients. He does this by connecting them with quality services that will help them achieve their NDIS goals. Using a person-centred approach, Bevan takes time with participants to get to know them, their personality and needs. He then links them with service providers who “match”.

Using a gentle yet consistent approach, Bevan has had great success working with people with moderate to complex needs of all ages.

Justine Bennett

Facilitator of Fun & Education

Justine has a background in program development, human resources, business consulting and marketing. Throughout her career, she’s worked with people with additional needs. She joins Christine in her mission to build confidence and independence in young people so they can live their best life, connected with friends in a supportive community.

Justine heads up our SLES and training programs. She truly understands the importance of building confidence and improving skills to secure a job that is fulfilling and rewarding that makes the most of the participant’s personality and interests.

Having worked with Civic and CanTeen, Justine has a strong understanding of the difference that empowerment, a strong peer network and a sense of belonging can make to people’s lives.

Alex Hutchison

Facilitator of Homes & Gardens

Alex Hutchison started work seven years ago as a youth worker following her study in mental health.

Wanting to have a positive impact on the life of clients, Alex and her team have become specialists in delivering quality service and maintenance of client’s homes. Specifically, she focusses on the areas of clutter removal, yard maintenance. Her aim is to help people improve their living spaces.

The team that Alex leads,works together to ensure clients receive the assistance they need whilst showing compassion, respect and empathy.

When Alex isn’t at work she enjoys exercising and spending time with her family, children and her animals.

Monique Lambert

Facilitator of Support

Monique has spent a lifetime caring for others in some shape or form. She opened her first of two cafes from the age of 20 where she was able to bring her love of food and humanity together. Her passion and insights into wellbeing and nutrition put her way ahead of the current health trends. She followed her dream of working as a flight attendant, combining her love of hospitality, travel, meeting people and exploring new cultures.

Monique has always been an integral part of her local community. She volunteers much of her time to help those who need it most. From friends and family coping with addiction to the vulnerable and elderly who need daily support, love and attention. Mon has also been actively and selflessly promoting small businesses struggling during the COVID crisis.

Monique’s constant positive and passionate approach brings joy and hope to the people she supports.

Madison Dunne

Facilitator of Support

Maddie is 22 years old and she’s lived in Sydney her whole life. She has been working in the travel industry for the past few years in customer service roles. During that time, she has developed skills and communication tools that she’ll use throughout her life and career.

She is highly adaptable and flexible in how she can work with you to build skills and independence or just go for a walk, a chat or a coffee.

In her spare time she will most likely be taking thousands of photos of her sausage dog Bentley. She’s also a sports fan and loves playing and attending live sport events. She has been fortunate to travel the world through playing sport. She loves playing netball and is a big fan of the GWS Giants netball team. Maddie tries to get to as many of their games as she can.

Mark Cox

Facilitator of Support

Mark Cox is a passionate disability support advocate and has used his people skills and initiative to improve the lives of many clients and their families over the last 16 years. He takes pride in providing support required and also going above and beyond to make a difference to people’s lives.

His roles have included Support Worker/Co-Worker/Key Worker, Transition to Work Coordinator, CJP Implementer, Group Home Coordinator and NIDS Local Area Commander. His varied roles have always involved close liaison with clients and their families, whilst his strength lies in building strong relationships with clients and their families. Mark works on building trust and bonds that allow him to contribute in a positive way to those he is working with.

He brings positivity and a sense of fun to his work.

Caitlin Porter

Facilitator of Support

Caitlin graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2009 and worked for a decade in live theatre as a sound designer, composer, and engineer, with her passion for music taking her from her home in Sydney to Melbourne, Perth, London, Vienna, Amsterdam, and Oslo. Bringing the stories of minorities and the voiceless to life on the stage was life-shaping for Caitlin, who took the leap from a full-time job in theatre to full-time study in Psychology. She is currently working on her thesis and will complete her Honours degree at the end of 2021, before commencing further education in the new year.

Beyond work and study Caitlin has a passion for video games and community. She founded and manages a resource and support network for nearly 8,000 women in gaming across the world. Caitlin has a very cute dog called Scout and also eagerly awaits strapping on her skates and returning to the roller derby rink very soon!

Where are we?

We work with clients throughout Sydney CBD, the Eastern Suburbs, the Inner West, St George and the Sutherland Shire.

Our courses are held in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs at the Community Hall at St Matt’s Anglican Church. The hall is on the corner of Lord Street & Botany Road, Botany NSW 2019 (1331 Botany Road).

This is a great space that has a full kitchen, lots of room, a good undercover outdoor space, parking on site. There are also two bus stops within one block. The hall and bathrooms are fully accessible.