Sue Yovich

Sue Yovich

With a confident gaze and a voice that commands attention, it is apparent that Sue Yovich is a very strong woman. She has to be; she’s had a tougher life than many.

Sue explains: “I was in state care from 2 months old until 15 years old. I ended up being in and out of mental hospitals and received shock treatment at 13. I was sexually abused when I was very young and again at a psychiatric hospital, which led me into drugs, heroin and then prostitution to supply that habit. “

Sue has stopped using heroin 20 years ago and is currently on a methadone programme. Although things aren’t always simple, she has come a long way. Today Sue keeps a lovely home and has a large circle of support around her.

The 59 year old has a number of health conditions which mean that she needs regular support. Sue uses Individualised Funding through Manawanui as a means of meeting her support needs, allowing her to hire somebody who suits her schedule and requirements.

“My life didn’t really get on track until Manawanui. I really thought that I would get back to drugs once my partner died last year. I locked myself in my room and done nothing basically. I kept having accident after accident. “

Sue credits her support person Wendy for helping her get through those difficult months.

“She’s made me feel that I matter. She made me laugh again, you know. She does things round here and does things because she wants to, not because she has to.”

“She is a lovely person and is very much like me, but without the harder side. It’s been a learning curve for her. For her to accept me as I am is just the best thing. “

Sue says that her and Wendy have developed a friendship and often do activities that fall outside of personal care.

“Sometimes Wendy and I will go out and have a coffee. We go out to the beach and feed seagulls. Every time I go out with her and we go somewhere I see life differently and with different eyes. “

Her turbulent past now behind her, Sue hopes to memorialise it into a book.

“I’ve got a laptop now and I want to start writing my book. It is my long-term goal, “she says.

Although she has suffered from depression following her partner’s untimely death, today Sue is optimistic.

“Now I feel good getting up in the morning and I feel good going out and doing things again.”

“That’s a huge change for me. I have my independence, everything. I don’t want for anything now. I wish that I could have this or I could do that, but I can do it all in time. I’m just taking it one step at a time. “

Individualised Funding is a form of funding for people needing disability support. Individualised Funding can give a person more choice, control and flexibility as they decide how, when and who provides their support. IF is based on a philosophy of person-centred control, in which people should be empowered to live ordinary lives and have control and choice over that life.

About IF

Individualised Funding helps you to lead the life you want....

If you are a disabled person, parent or guardian of a disabled person, then you might want more choice about how, when and who provides your government funded support.

Manawanui will support you to take control, make your own choices and get the most out of your funding.

We have coaches nationwide so wherever you are in NZ, we can support you.

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