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Our Projects

Let's Get Digital

Options for Life received a grant from Mencap for this project. The project enables the participants to achieve digital skills and get online. 

Participants received internet-enabled tablets to use in the building and at home.

Five staff and two participants received free access to Digital Champions network to learn digital skills through various training.

Participants enjoy weekly 'Let's Get Digital' session where they meet with their friends from other hubs on Zoom, learn to create their email addresses and send emails to their friends using Gmail.

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They also play educational games, participate in 'Makaton Music', watch documentaries on YouTube, create artwork on tablets, and many other digital activities. The project creates Digital Champions who will be helping their peers learn digital skills.

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Renovation for Nutrition

Screwfix Foundation has awarded us a grant towards the cost of refurbishing the kitchen at Oak Green Lodge, one of the hubs of the Options for Life. The work has been completed and the kitchen is ready for use by the participants. They enjoy cooking healthy food for themselves and their friends and family in the kitchen. This project  builds the base for the improved mental state of the participants, greater physical stability, excellence in cooking skills, and a boost in self-confidence of the participants.

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Let's Get Active!

Let's Get Active! project is part of another Mencap grant under Tackling Inequalities Fund. The project engages participants and staff into online fitness sessions. The trainer, Teena delivers the online fitness session once a week to the participants. Participants use their tablets to watch the exercises and practise with the trainer. The grant supports the trainer salary and the room hire for the sessions. The project provides effective and targetted relief for those who have suffered isolation, loneliness and physical inactivity during national lockdown.

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Let's Grow Digital
(Digital Hub)

We have received a grant from Mencap to set up a digital hub at our Oak Green Lodge hub. A previous Mencap grant allowed us to provide tablets to our participants. However, a project that would provide digital skills opportunities to the parents and carers would be beneficial. So, we have created a digital hub with four laptops. Parents, carers and participants are free to come in and use the laptops for learning, training or any other digital activities. We will add some more laptops to the digital hub from the Turner Trust project.

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Music for Wellbeing

Music is the passion of our participants. The funding from a charitable organisation will help purchase musical accessories such as an analogue audio mixer, loudspeaker, microphone, headphones, multicore, portable stage, stage lights, control board and cables. In addition, we have iPads and musical instruments which our participants use in their music sessions. The funding will also support hiring a music trainer and musicians to join the sharing sessions for a year. The participants will be engaged in practice workshops with our music tutor every week at the Ocker Hill venue of Options for Life. There will also be four hours of music sessions every month by an expert professional musician. Each of the sessions will demonstrate new styles and instrumentation. Our participants will collaborate with the musician and staff to perform in our existing choir. In addition, they will have an insight into the styles and cultural backgrounds of their music. Moreover, our radio shows will feature the interviews of our participants about their experience of music.

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