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

Don’t you think we all deserve a richer slice of life? More fun, more friends, more activities, more opportunities.

That’s what we believe and why we design empowering programs for young adults with additional needs where you can feel like you belong.

Our focus is on creating a supportive community where you have choice and control over your participation and involvement. We want you to feel welcome, make friends, learn new skills, relax and be yourself.

Our personal approach creates a learning environment full of opportunity and possibility. You will build skills and capacity to engage in the mainstream world with confidence.

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

We’re really excited to be offering these programs as there is a big gap for quality, empowering programs that promote inclusion and build like skills, confidence and dignity.

Our programs are targeted at 17-26 year olds with mild intellectual disabilities and low support needs. Class size is generally 8 – 12 people, with support ratio of 1:6. The first 30 minutes of each session will be dedicated to social time to have a drink, relax and talk to each other. All programs are held in an accessible community hall. Any adaptive requirements will be discussed at enrolment.

Our activities are based in and around Sydney and cater to a wide variety of interests, fitness and mobility levels. Support ratio is generally 1:4 but will be adjusted depending on the needs of the activity or the participants.

The aim of everything at A Slice of Life is fun and friendship.

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 and support coordination for people with additional needs. She has a good working knowledge of the NDIS, has worked as a Local Area Coordinator and Support Co-ordinator in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and she has Certificate IV in Disability.

Christine is passionate about building a team of skilled, caring people to deliver exceptional services, including complex and changing health care needs.

She is even more passionate about supporting people to be independent, confident, healthy and happy in their lives.

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 and she embraces cultural diversity.

Jacqueline is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Biripi tribe and is 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 operational focussed outcomes.

Bevan has a real motivation and passion to improve the daily life of our clients 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 and 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. She’s worked with people with additional needs throughout her career and joins Christine in her mission to build confidence and independence in all young people so they can live their best life, connected with friends in a supportive community.

Justine heads up our SLES program and 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 participants 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.

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 and his strength lies in building strong relationships with clients and their families, 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.

Where are we?

Our courses are held in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs at the Community Hall at St Matt’s Anglican Church, 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 under cover outdoor space, parking on site  with two bus stops within one block. The hall and bathrooms are fully accessible.

Enrol now

Download our Enrolment Form (Online or Face-to-Face) and Code of Conduct. You can then email us and we can process your enrolment personally.

Spaces are limited, so get in fast or register your interest for courses coming soon.

Contact us for more info