“ We have developed a variety of activities to suit everyone’s interests and abilities and continue to find new opportunities for our young people.” Mary – Programmes Coordinator
Options in Life runs a varied programme of social inclusion and skills development projects for young adults who have a learning disability and additional support requirements. The aim is to bring out the best in people by helping them make friends, gain new skills and realise their potential.
Our current projects are;
- Recreation Programme
- Employability project
- Pop-up Café
- Evening programme
- Online resources
The focus of our Recreation Programme is to have fun while pushing boundaries by trying new and challenging activities and encouraging team work. Activities include things like rock climbing, kayaking, sailing, survival training, go kart racing as well as animal handling and visits to museums and science centres.
Our Employability Project gives the opportunity to develop new skills which will help to lead towards voluntary or paid employment, while encouraging the participants to support and help one another. Experiences have included a course on zoo keeping, grounds and path maintenance, stable management, working in a café, pottery, printing, glass fusion and financial literacy. Each course is designed to give participants a real sense of what it would be like to work in the environment and what they could expect from any job opportunity.
Our Options In Life Pop-Up Café runs every Tuesday and Wednesday between 10am and 3pm at Ceres Community Café, 38 Main Street, Ceres KY15 5NA. Options In Life service users run the café and deal with all aspects of café life from interacting with and serving customers, preparing food and hot drinks using a professional barista machine and cash handling. The café is open to the public and we encourage you to come along and enjoy our fresh homemade soup and bread,
toasties, croissants and a selection of cakes.
Our Evening Activities include Cookery and Kitchen Health and Safety classes, crafts and cycling. Additionally we have a thriving online community for our service users to engage with one another, interact with our groups and participate in virtual classes.