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About Us

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.

Mandy Critch with a participant at Acorn Lodge
Our History

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 £1.7 million, with over 65 staff.

BBQ at Options for Life
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