Summer Fair 2013

Independent Options – Little Fair on Saturday 20th JulyPlease come and join us on Saturday 20th July 2013 10am-1pmWe will have all your fair favourites including: games for children, teddy tombola and lots more.There will be tea, coffee and cakes and books for sale. As well as a Raffle with lots of Prizes.It will be… Read more »

In memory of Keith Burdett

It is with great sadness we inform you that Keith Burdett, Chair of the Board of Trustees, has passed away. Keith was the heart and soul of Independent Options and a vital part of the organisation.Keith joined Independent Options in 1986 as a board member and went on to become the Chair of the Board… Read more »

Children and Family Centre Seeking Volunteers

The Independent Options Children and Family Centre is looking for new volunteers to help with the running of groups offering ‘inclusive’ activities for children up to the age of 10 years. These are great fun and run throughout the week all year and are no more than 2 hours long.  We actively encourage extended family members to… Read more »

Buy tickets for our Charity Fashion Show!

A Charity Fashion Show is being held to support Independent Options on Tuesday 22 November 2011.  Click here for full details. The Alexandra Hospital, in partnership with FIZZ , is offering a ‘buy on the night’ sale of high fashion clothes and accessories at great prices.  Tickets are £5.00 and include a glass of wine/soft… Read more »

Looking for pre-school play activities?

Are you looking for acitivites for your pre-school child with learning disabilities/additional needs?Many of the children we work with in our Children and Family Centre have gone to school so we have places at many of our groups for the 0 – 5 age range. Click here for full details!

Support from Stockport College!

Stockport College has chosen Independent Options to be their ‘Principal’s charity’ of 2012-2013.  Students and staff will carry out fundraising activities from April next year to raise money to support our services.  The College is particularly keen to help us with our fundraising to provide sensory play and other activities within our Children and Family… Read more »

Staff Abseil for Independent Options!

Four brave staff from Independent Options have done an abseil to raise money to support our services. Roo Lumb, Helen Doherty, Andrea Rowson and Heather Mackay completed the 60 metre abseil challenge at the Trafford Bell Tower in fine weather – and enjoyed their experience.Roo Lumb said: “It was a fantastic experience, I have done… Read more »

Visit from Emmerdale star!

Stockport actor Danny Miller, who plays Aaron Livesey in Emmerdale, took time off from filming recently to visit Independent Options. Danny’s aunt, Madeleine Hennessy works for us and she invited him to our Children and Family Centre where he joined in a play afternoon with a group of children with additional needs. Service Manager Nicky… Read more »

Fun and games at the Summer Fair!

For the second year running, the Children and Family Centre’s ‘Little Summer Fair’ has been a great success.  Thanks to a team of volunteers from Barclays and the efforts of Independent Options’ staff and volunteers, local children and families enjoyed an afternoon of fun and games, including face painting, hook a duck, bric a brac and toy sales.  Over £500… Read more »

Record Attendance at Feedback Event!

Independent Options recently held its annual ‘Have Your Say’ Party, which enables people who use our services  to tell us what they think of their support and how we can improve.   A group of people representing all the different services were supported by staff to plan the event and it was very successful, with a record number of… 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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