Remember, Remember, the 5th of November...

There’s lots of fun to be had when there’s fireworks to be watched and marshmallows to be toasted, but for some it can be a stressful experience. Here are our tips to enjoying the night. 1. Do some prep beforehand, make sure that everyone knows what to expect as there will be loud noises 2…. Read more »

We Need Your Votes!

Independent Options is delighted to be in with a chance of winning a £5,000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund, which will enable us to start dance classes at our Children and Family Centre, but we need your votes to help us win! Dance is a great form of exercise and can significantly help with building… Read more »

World Mental Health Day 2016

Today marks World Mental Health Day, and across the globe people are tweeting, sharing, and hashtagging away to raise awareness for those affected by mental health issues. Mental health issues affects people irrespective of age, gender and social position. It also disproportionately affects those who have a learning disability. According to The Foundation for People… Read more »

Chris' Story: How Respite Helped Me

People come to Independent Options’ Short Breaks service for different reasons, and the service will always support them in a person centred way, taking careful consideration of their circumstances. We are here for whatever people need, whether it’s just a short break and a rest, or a stepping stone to greater things, just as Chris found… Read more »

Carrier on Fundraising

A huge thank you to luxury travel company Carrier, which has been fundraising for Independent Options for the past three months. Each month the team held a ‘dress down day’ for staff, which saw members of the team wearing their own clothes to work in return for a £1 donation. Over the course of the… Read more »

All the Fun of the Farm

Everyone had a fantastic time despite the horrible weather, and no one minded getting a bit soggy and squelching through the mud as it meant being able to meet some new farm friends! Trips like these are completely funded by brilliant people like you! If you would like to become a regular donor to Independent… Read more »


Sam Takes on the Gauntlet Games in Aid of Independent Options

Our Children and Family Centre Manager, Sam, is taking on The Gauntlet Games to raise money for Independent Options! This epic challenge will involve her running 5K, tackling tricky obstacles and fighting gladiators. If you would like to sponsor her in this challenge, visit her JustGiving page by clicking here! Since 1977, Independent Options has… Read more »

woohoo celebration

Woohoo's Celebration Day

One of our fantastic supporters is holding a creative event, Woohoo’s Celebration Day, in memory of their friend at our Children and Family Centre on Sunday 18th September (11am-4pm). The event will be full of creative activities such as dance workshops, crafts, storytelling, music, etc. and should be great fun for all the family! Entry… Read more »

AstraZeneca Goes Green for Independent Options

Teams of volunteers from pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca came along to Hallfield Guesthouse and the Children and Family Centre to help tidy up the gardens. The teams did an incredible job and worked extraordinarily hard, and now the gardens are looking blooming lovely! A huge thanks to everyone who came along and helped!      

Carnival time!

Rio came to Hazel Grove with the help of Hazel Grove Carnival, and Independent Options was delighted to join in the party!   Donning headdresses, tutus, face paint and plenty of glitter, Independent Options service users, staff members and family members took part in the parade along with a fabulously flowery float. With the rain… Read more »

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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