Our History

In the 1970s the only way that families affected by disability could have a break was if their child or family member was admitted to a special hospital. In 1977 a group of parents in Stockport decided to work together to set up an alternative.

With support from the local authority, they found a large building, which was turned into a holiday home for a small number of children. It was known as ‘The Pines’ and the service enabled parents to have a break, knowing that their children were being looked after in a positive, stimulating and nurturing environment.

‘The Pines’ became Independent Options and three decades after it was set up, the organisation offers a range of services to people of all ages, which are delivered by professionally qualified staff teams. We support over 600 people every year, our services operate in Stockport, Oldham and Trafford and we support people from other boroughs across the North West.

Kevin's Story

Kevin uses Independent Options’ Short Breaks service. His Mum, Jude, tells of how the experience has helped her family.

“Having a disabled child totally changes the dynamics of family life. With all the meetings, hospital appointments and such it can be draining on everyone. When Kevin is at Hallfield guest house I am safe in the knowledge that he is with staff who genuinely care. I also know that he always has a great time and he can do what he chooses to do safely – and without his Mum there too! To have this service is so valuable as it gives me as a parent that time to do things I can’t when Kevin is at home, and I don’t feel guilty leaving him because I know that he really enjoys his time there with the staff and other guests.

“I adore my son and would not change him or his disability as then that would not be Kevin, but to have these respite breaks is wonderful for both of us as it means that I can recharge my batteries too. A service like the one offered through Independent Options is genuinely priceless.”

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