Lady blowing out candles on a birthday cake

Robyn’s Story

Robyn was living on the Central Coast and working as a hairdresser when she had a stroke. She was only 49 years old.

Home in Place tenancy relations officer Sarah recently visited Robyn on the one-year anniversary of her moving into a Home in Place Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) home in Wallsend near Newcastle.

Coincidently it was also the day before Robyn’s birthday and only days away from Christmas. Robyn and Sarah shared some birthday cake and spoke about Robyn’s new life in her new home.

Robyn loves her new home. She told Sarah that the disability housing gives her a better life. She is grateful for the help of her supports and family who assisted in the application to obtain SDA funding in her NDIS Plan. Robyn also receives Supported Independent Living from Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Robyn’s new home is only few suburbs away from the former Home in Place property she lived in for 11 years. Staying in Newcastle is important to her because she is near her daughter, son-in-law and three beautiful grandkids. She says when she found out her daughter was pregnant, it changed her life.

“The area is good. I like to get up in the morning and go for a walk down the back. I love the fresh air,” Robyn says.

“My eldest grandson has his birthday today. He will be coming tomorrow to see me for my birthday.”

The Sydney-born former hairdresser and wedding photographer was living on the Central Coast and working as a hairdresser when she had the stroke. She was only 49 years old.

Despite her disability Robyn says she is “healthy, wealthy and wise.”

Robyn’s five-bedroom group home is adorned with beautiful Christmas decorations which Robyn put up herself, something she does every year.

“Before I had the stroke, I had a dining room full of them. I just kept the best ones.”

Merry Christmas Robyn!