Awards and celebrations for staff and trustees

Over 50 staff from Independent Options recently joined trustees and senior managers at a special event at the Alma Lodge Hotel in Stockport to celebrate their long-service and professional achievements.  Chair, Keith Burdett presented awards to staff who, have been with the organisation for at least ten years. Chief Executive, Christine Barker said: “Compared with… Read more »

A Day for Celebrating Families

The Independent Options Children and Family Centre recently held two events to introduce families to person-centred approaches for their children.  The events aimed to bring children with additional needs and their families together to share experiences and gain information that will enhance their family life.  The events were based on the Celebrating Families Toolkit, which… Read more »

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World Autism Awareness Day

The United Nations has declared Saturday 2 April 2011 as World Autism Awareness Day to increase knowledge and understanding of autism across the world.  In the UK, autism affects as many as 1 in 100 people and many people are undiagnosed, misunderstood and in need of support.  As an organisation that provides support to people with autism,… Read more »

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Many thanks to the Poynton Round Table!

Poynton Round Table has donated £2,000 to Independent Options  to help us support people with disabilities to get out and about in the community.Chief Executive of Independent Options, Christine Barker said  “ We are absolutely delighted that Poynton Round Table have made such a generous donation, which will help us keep our two specially adapted… Read more »

We have a new name!

Independent Options’ Members, who are all people who use our services, or their families, have recently agreed that our official charity name can be changed from ‘Independent Options (Stockport) Limited’ to ‘Independent Options (North West)’. 

New group at the Children and Family Centre

The Children and Family Centre is setting up a new group to support parents whose children are affected by Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.Family Support Worker, Rifat Khan said: “The group will meet on the first Wednesday of every month and will offer parents the opportunity to get together with other parents who understand the issues they… 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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