Oak Green Lodge
by Options for Life
About our activities / service
|Accessibility details||Fully accessible|
|Opening hours||9 am to 5 pm|
Oak Green Lodge is a busy and bustling community hub providing a range of interesting and exciting activities for our participants and members of the local community. We have 2 large rooms downstairs and 1 upstairs that can be used for activities, lunch clubs, evening super clubs, craft days and much more. Our large dining area also has a kitchen area where cookery/baking/entertaining sessions take place. We have a purpose built Art Studio with lots of resources including pottery wheel accessible for wheelchairs. We have a large adult changing room with hoist and shower facilities. Woman Zone is a ladies only service. This was first created in 1996 when it became apparent a service was needed for ladies in the Asian community with a learning disability and/or Autism. We offered the ladies access to a service where there was no mixing between male and female Participants which meant the needs and religious requirements of the ladies would not be compromised. The original name of the service was Roshni which means light and the service has continued to grow since then. The service is now known as Woman Zone and it has Participants from all ethnic backgrounds but continues to be a ladies only service, with the opportunity to mix on occasions if desired. Allotment/Secret Garden - For some of our Participants being indoors around large groups of people can be daunting, others being too close to them or high volumes of noise can make them feel anxious. At Oak green Lodge we have some great outdoor spaces, and one of these is our allotment. This is a large area where our Participants can unwind and discover a whole new world. The space is secure, so there is always the opportunity for individuals who want or need to be alone at times can become self-absorbed, planting seeds, or watering what is already growing. The allotment gives the Participant the opportunity to experience what it is like to plant from a seed, nurture it and watch it grow giving them a sense of achievement. There is also a sense of pride when it comes to the harvest of what they have grown because they can proudly bring it back to the Hub to be cooked. Oak Green Lodge is also where our head office is situated and our Secret Garden. We create bookable activity schedules based on the Participants preferences and needs. Part of our aim is to provide community experiences for Participants which others may take for granted.
|Staff qualifications||Staff are qualified to deliver the services of Options for Life. We have specialist Art, Music, Drama and Gardening staff.|
18 year olds, 19-25 year olds, 26-65 year olds, 65+ year olds
About the organisation
We are a Sandwell based charity, which supports adults with learning disabilities and/or autism, by providing a range of services which include outreach provision, community hub based activities, drop-in sessions and accessing community activities. We support our participants to increase their self-confidence, develop communication and social skills and ultimately increase their independence. • Options for Life was established in 1988 and is a day opportunity service based in Sandwell, West Midlands, we provide professional person-centred care that is tailored to meet the individual needs of adults with learning disabilities and/or autism. We provide the support through our day opportunities outreach service, Building based and PMLD services. • We aim to provide support in ways which have positive outcomes for participants and promote their active participation. Our staff are qualified and experienced as well as receiving continuous training. • We ensure that each participant’s needs and preferences are thoroughly assessed. We aim to ensure that the support and care that we provide meet the assessed needs of each participant and needs are re-assessed as frequently as necessary and that our care and support have the flexibility to respond to changing needs or requirements. • We aim to provide a flexible, efficient, value-for-money quality care and support service. • We aim to safeguard the privacy and confidentiality of participants and to enable them to maintain their personal independence, have informed choices and have an opportunity to enjoy and contribute to society. • Options for Life is non-discriminatory and serves all participants regardless of race, nationality, language, religion or beliefs, age, sex or sexual orientation, or social standing nor is there any discrimination made between participants who pay directly for the service and those who do not. In the event of special needs and preferences of ethnic, cultural, and religious groups advice would be sought to enable Options for Life staff to meet those needs.
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