How The Centre Helped Us: Sarah and Jacob's Story

Jacob is 7 and has autism and speech and language delays, he has been coming to the Children and Family Centre with his Mum, Sarah, for the past two years. Sarah explains why she found coming to the Centre helpful for both her and Jacob: “I discovered the Centre a couple of years ago before… Read more »


Anne and John: Our Shared Lives Story So Far

Anne and John are Shared Lives Carers with Independent Options, after transitioning from foster caring when they met Aaron. Here’s their story. “Aaron had been in foster care for ten years when he first came to us as a foster placement aged 14, having lived at 27 different addresses in that time. Straight away Aaron… Read more »

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Life's a Beach! Jennie's Holiday

Jennie had a fantastic holiday in Anglesey, where she spent the week in the sunshine with her support worker, Sarah. When they arrived, the first thing Jennie wanted to do was to go to the Sea Zoo, where Jennie had the opportunity to do some colouring in and have a look at lots of fascinating… Read more »


Ben is Full of the Joys of Spring!

Ben was full of the joys of spring and recently took a trip to Etherow Park to feed the ducks! Ben has autism and ADHD, so he has a tendency to rush off, but Ben loved spending time at the pond. Ben had an information leaflet from the visitors centre that helped him to identify which… Read more »

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Hop to it! Easter Fair Raises Over £1,200

There was an air of eggs-citement at Independent Options after the Stockport-based charity raised a phenomenal £1,246.53 at its Easter Egg Hunt and Fair. A certain cotton-tailed bunny with a basket full of goodies took time out of his busy schedule to visit the charity, which aims to empower people with disabilities, stopping to say… Read more »

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Sing and Sign: Joe's Story

Joe initially came to Independent Options to Baby Sensory when he was around nine months old.  As Joe became older, it was clear that he had some developmental delays and he was referred for support.  Joe’s speech was delayed and when he was two, we were made aware of the ‘Sing and Sign’ sessions at… Read more »

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Independent Options Registers With New Fundraising Regulator

As a charity we are proud to say that we are registered with the Fundraising Regulator, which holds the Code of Fundraising Practice for the UK.  It sets and maintains the standards for charitable fundraising, aiming to ensure that fundraising is respectful, open, honest and accountable to the public and regulate fundraising in England and Wales… Read more »

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Autism and Me: Jennie's Story

Jennie is a young woman who lives in her own flat with staff to support her, she has a fantastic and busy lifestyle. Jennie has autism, which for her means that she can struggle with communicating effectively, staying safe and understanding the world around her. Jennie also has sensory processing difficulties that can cause her anxiety levels to… Read more »

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Rock On! Join Independent Options' Climbing Challenge

Have you got a head for heights? On Saturday 9th September we are holding our first ever indoor climbing challenge at Rope Race Climbing Centre. Participants will be able to climb the equivalent height of Manchester’s Beetham Tower in the comfort of the indoor climbing centre. Children are more than welcome to take part in… Read more »

Isla's Story

Isla is three and a half years old and has been coming to the Children and Family Centre for around two years with her family.

At first Isla had no diagnosis, but it was clear to her parents that something was different from an early age as she had a short attention span and would have regular crises if other children came near her. Her speech was also delayed and she didn’t speak or make any verbal noises until the age of three.

By coming to The Centre, play around other children was normalised for Isla as she began to get used to other children being around and she loves coming to The Centre now. She enjoys the freedom to play in the garden or inside with the toys and crafts. Isla responds well to the staff and volunteers at The Centre and is confident to ask for help.

“Isla has speech and language delay but one of the first words Isla spoke was when she shouted “Messy Play!”, so we knew then how vital it was for her to come here.”

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