What is Ordinary Lifestyles

Ordinary Lifestyles was set up in 1993 by a group of parents in Manchester who all had adult sons and daughters with learning disabilities. They wished to see their sons and daughters settled in their own homes, enjoying active lives in their own local communities, with full support from their own paid support workers.

Today, nearly thirty years on, Ordinary Lifestyles supports people with learning disabilities and physical disabilities across Manchester and Trafford. Support is designed to meet each individual’s requirements, no matter how complex the need.

We believe that everyone can live successfully and safely in their own home in the community, if they have the right support.

Most of the people we work with are the tenants of their own homes, sometimes sharing with one or two others. Ordinary Lifestyles employs a consistent team of trained Support Workers for each individual and their co-tenants, so that staff build up a close understanding of the wishes and needs of the individuals they support.

Our services are funded by Manchester and Trafford Social Services, NHS Continuing Care and contributions from individuals’ benefits based on their local authority assessment. As a non-profit-making organisation, all the funding we receive is spent solely on meeting the needs of the people we support.

We are registered and inspected by the CQC (Care Quality Commission). To view our current report from CQC click here

In 2021 Ordinary Lifestyles was awarded GOLD accreditation from Investors in People. According to Investors in People, Gold accreditation means that “we have the policies in place but more than that it means that everyone, from CEO to Apprentice, takes ownership for making them come to life.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Gold accreditation shows a fantastic effort by any organisation and places Ordinary Lifestyles in fine company with a host of other organisations that understand the value of people. Along with Investors in People Ordinary Lifestyles believes that our success begins and ends with people. If we make work better for everybody we make work better for every organisation… and if we do that we make society stronger, happier and healthier!

Only 17% of accredited organisations achieve the Gold award. We’d like to thank all our staff for all their great work in helping us to reach this amazing achievement and look forward to celebrating!  We’ve raised the bar… The sky’s the limit… Platinum award next time anybody?

Read the full report here