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 »

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Comment: Spring Budget

Independent Options CEO, Steve Hyde, comments on the 2017 Spring Budget: “The Spring Budget was recently published, and it is very good news to see that the Chancellor Phillip Hammond has taken some steps in looking at finding extra funding for the social care sector in England. There is no doubt we are engulfed in… Read more »

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Short Breaks Gets On Board with New Minibus

We are delighted to announce the latest member of the Short Breaks team – our lovely, shiny new minibus! The new minibus will replace the previous one, which was based at Beech Avenue because its capacity was too small for Hallfield to use. The new vehicle gives us the opportunity to take all of our… Read more »

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Gorvins Offer Legal Advice

With plenty of pastries and coffee on offer, Independent Options partnered up with Gorvin’s Solicitors to offer free legal advice for parents of a child with disabilities. The coffee morning saw legal expert, Mike, of Gorvin’s Solicitors, give a talk on the importance of protecting your child’s future through making a will. He also discussed… Read more »

Legal Advice Coffee Morning

Do you have a child aged between 0 and 13 years who has a disability or an additional need? We’re holding a free legal information event in partnership with Gorvins Solicitors, on Monday 6th March 2017 from 10am until 1pm. The Legal Advice Coffee Morning will give you the perfect opportunity to gain answers to… 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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