Options for Life is a not for profit charity which supports and enables people with learning disabilities and/or autism to fulfil their potential and live a full and happy life within their community.
We focus on building open relationships based on mutual respect, giving our participants the opportunity to develop preferences and make choices in a safe, welcoming environment. This is delivered through our day opportunities outreach service, building based and PMLD services.
The charity was founded in 1988 by a group of volunteers in Oldbury, West Midlands. The original vision, which still holds true today, was to establish a project which would enable people with a learning disabilities and/or autism to develop skills and be treated with value and dignity in the community.
The organisation began with funding of just £18,000 a year for three years from the Opportunities for Volunteers scheme, and an increasing number of weekly sessions were developed.
Today the charity has an annual budget of £2 million, with over 65 staff.