Christmas Draw Results

The Christmas draw was made by Malcom Hebden on the set of Coronation Street on Tuesday 18th December with one of our service users, Andrew Bentley, staff member Mike Loomes and Palvinder Singh from Stockport College all keeping an eye on proceedings.The winners were:1st Prize – Dublin Trip – ticket 00694 – Allan Nathan2nd Prize –… Read more »

New Sensory Opportunity Group

Friday afternoons 1-2.30Starting November 9th 2012 For preschool children with additional needs to come and explore sensory experiences. The sessions will allow time for free play and also have structured activities, involving different senses and types of play such as art and craft, music and food. Held at: Independent Options Children and Family Centre 67… Read more »

New Sensory Opportunity Group

Hello Everyone,I’m pleased to tell you that we are starting a new sensory Opportunity group for children with additional needs, their siblings and friends on Friday the 9th November from 1.00pm to 2.30pm.For the first term our topics are sensory in the home and we will be doing activities with things you can find in… Read more »

Next Member Meeting

Members meeting date change The next meeting for the members of Independent Options will take place on Monday 3rd December from 7.30pm at The Pines, and not Tuesday 27th November as previously stated.This meeting is for members only so if you haven’t joined yet then please phone 0161 456 6502 and ask for an application… Read more »

Children and Family Centre Newsletter

INDEPENDENT OPTIONS CHILDREN AND FAMILY CENTRE NEWSLETTER – April 2013Hello everyone, As always a warm welcome to our new families who have recently started coming to our centre. We hope you are enjoying the group you are coming to. Please let us know if there is anything we can help you with. Our staff office… Read more »

Summer at the Centre 2012

During August this year as well as our usual activities of Picnics, Parties, movie afternoons and craft sessions we have had lots of exciting visitors… The Challenge NetworkLots of very lovely Teenagers and some coaches from Manchester United came over two days to run football sessions. They liked it here so much that the young people… Read more »

Family Footing

 A free workshop for parents / carers on Tuesday 16th October 2012 from 9.30- 2.30pm  Find out about person centred planning  Learn to use some tools to help you share information  Develop a one page profile  Plan your next steps Free Lunch included for the session on Tuesday 16th October.  Let us know… Read more »

Talk Living with Autism

Independent Options are delighted to announce Roz Blackburn will be coming to talk to parents/professionals about ‘Living with Autism’.TUESDAY 2ND October 201211:30-13:30At the age of 18 months, Roz was diagnosed with severe autism. Roz now lectures both nationally and internationally giving insight into her own experiences and the care and education practice she observed. The… Read more »

Jason's Story

Jason, a Shared Lives Service User: “Shared Lives is a place you can go to get help. You can make and meet new friends, and they have good carers. You get to go on holiday and share your life with someone else. My life is better because of Shared Lives because I have a home that is safe, calm and easy to live in. Shared Lives is helping me to be more independent and gain skills for the future. I am being helped to be a part of my community and I am supported when I am faced with challenges. Talking with my carer helps me to meet those challenges and it gives me confidence.”

Shared Lives Carer: “I have worked in care services for many years, but there is nothing more rewarding than welcoming someone into your own home, and sharing everything in your lives. The relationship that builds between you is something special. No amount of money could buy that.”

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