Bags of Festive Cheer at Sainsbury’s Hazel Grove

We rounded off a fabulous year of fundraising at Sainsbury’s Hazel Grove store with a bag packing weekend! A team of volunteers, all sporting fabulous festive hats and jumpers, helped customers to bag their shopping, as well as selling Christmas key rings and toys. Independent Options is Sainsbury’s Hazel Grove stores charity of the year,… Read more »

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Santa's Scribbles

We’d like to say a big thanks you to our friend Santa! He has been very busy over the past couple of months writing letters back to lots of special girls and boys. Santa has managed to write a brilliant 64 letters to raise £240. Thank you to everyone who took part and we hope… Read more »

Aviva Community Fund Finalist

Thanks to all your votes, we’re delighted to announce that we’re through to the final round of the Aviva Community Fund! We’re in the running to win £5,000 which will enable us to start dance classes for children with additional needs. We would like to provide specialist dance classes for children with learning disabilities, and the… Read more »

winter wonderland

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

We were delighted to attend Hazel Grove Together’s Winter Wonderland event at Torkington Park this weekend, where we had a very festive and tinsel-laden stall. We had some adorable Christmas teddies on offer, along with key rings, badges and Letters from Santa, and raised a fantastic £430.86 on the day. It was wonderful to see to… Read more »


Independent Options at Kidz to Adultz Up North Exhibition

Independent Options is gearing up for Kidz to Adultz Up North on Thursday 19th November, a free exhibition dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities, their families and carers. Offering advice and information on our services, Independent Options will be at the event, held at Event City, Barton Dock Road, Manchester, M17 8AS, all… Read more »

Adam and Steven’s Story: Having a Rail of a Time!

Adam and Steven access Independent Options’ Community Support Team, and recently took an exciting trip to the East Lancashire Railway where they enjoyed a special exhibition on science fiction characters. Having caught the train to Bury, the gents arrived on the platform to be greeted by popular characters from Doctor Who and Star Wars, including… Read more »

Save your Stamps

The festive season has arrived, and with it no doubt a sudden rush of letters, invitations and of course, Christmas cards. Why not save the used stamps you receive this Christmas time and send them to Independent Options, we can convert your old stamps in to donations! Just save up your stamps and send them to… Read more »

Letters from Santa

    Santa has very kindly agreed to take time out of his busy schedule and will be writing personalised letters to some special boys and girls in exchange for a small donation of £4 to Independent Options! Simply download the form, which can be found here, and return it to Independent Options, 67 Chester Road,… 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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