Real Life Options

Real Life Options was first established in 1992 to support and empower people with learning disabilities and autism to have more choice and greater control over their lives. Over the last three decades, they have grown to become a national provider of social support and care while staying true to their core ethos.

As a registered charity, they support over 1,500 people across the UK to help develop their independence and achieve their potential. They recognise that to be excellent in their field, they need to truly understand and champion the changing needs and aspirations of the people they support. Through partnerships with families, thought-leader organisations and professional services, they believe in constantly evolving and providing a person-centred approach at every step in an individual’s support journey.

Current opportunities

To be part of Real Life Volunteer Service providing services that help vulnerable people within the community and supports the work of local Real Life Options teams. Our values of Respect, Honesty, Responsibility & Excellence underpin our approach and all our services recognise people for their individuality and are afforded the same dignity, respect, status and rights as other citizens. Key Tasks: Are varied and dependent on the needs of the people we support. We try to match volunteers to people with similar interests and provide opportunities for volunteers to utilise existing skills and knowledge. • Chatting to and befriending people we support • Home checks to make sure vulnerable people are safe and well • Everyday practical household tasks • Provide information and support to allow people to make informed choices about their lives • Assist with shopping • Support with correspondence • Provide transport • Support with social outings • Assisting with pet care • Assist with food preparation • Prescription collections

Real Life Options offer services across the country such as Day Centres, Outreach and supported living to support people within our care to live their lives as full as possible. We are currently looking for volunteers to join our Real Life Volunteers programme. We also are looking for anyone with an interest in enhancing the lives of the people we support to get in touch, as although we are a social care company, we are seeking both individuals interested in social care and also other individuals who have some other skill set and would like to use this within our services. This could be from playing musical instruments to gardening or taking service users into the community. The main tasks of community volunteers will vary but may include; chatting or befriending people or practical tasks such as going on a social outing or assisting with shopping. During these difficult and unsettling times, more than ever the people we support would benefit from any time and commitment you could give.