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Eleanor 's Climbing to New Heights for Independent Options!

Eleanor is 10 years old and is taking on the Independent Options Climbing Challenge, which will see our intrepid climber scale a lofty 554ft – the equivalent to Manchester’s tallest building, Beetham Tower! Eleanor comes to Independent Options’ Children and Family Centre along with her brother, Jamie (4), and her sister, Poppy (6), who has… Read more »


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 »

Jennie's Story

Jennie is a young lady who, along with her circle of support, commissions Supported Living services from Independent Options to assist her living independently in her own home.

Jennie and her circle of support (a group of family, friends and professionals who work together to make decisions on Jennie’s behalf with her best interests in mind) are always involved in all aspects of her support and are at the heart of every decision, including the recruitment and selection of each team member, from the advert being placed right up to interviews and on-going development.

There are regular person-centred reviews to monitor what is working and what is not working, ensure outcomes are being achieved and plan together for Jennie’s future.

“My daughter lives independently through her individual budget. Her staff team are brilliant and we couldn’t be happier with everything.”

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