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Project information

Henshaws Children & Families Service

Our Children & Families service specialises in working with children and parents with sight loss, many of whom have complex needs and additional disabilities. Through a wide range of services we support any family member or carer where visual impairment has an impact on their life.


Charity information: Henshaws

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  • Need


    The thought of losing your sight is terrifying, but learning that your child suffers from sight loss is indescribable. Lack of knowledge and understanding often leads families to feel isolated. We work with families providing a caring and trusting environment where they can learn to deal with the difficulties of sight loss. We also work with visually impaired parents, helping them adapt to life as a visually impaired parent and working to support them with any problems they may face.


    Our specialist staff are equipped to help families overcome the barriers that sight loss can cause. No parent wants to watch their child struggle; imagine how much that worry deepens when you know that child is visually impaired. Henshaws work with parents of visually impaired children to make sure that they grow up to be confident and independent adults. We also work with visually impaired parents, giving them the support they need so that they can be the parents they want to be.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help families build the skills and independence they need to achieve the future they want.


    » Our well trained staff provide the support and expert information that people need to help them deal with their sight loss
    » From advice on education and eye conditions to help with homework, we are able to offer support that is tailored to each families unique needs.
    » Groups like our parent & toddler groups or our VIPAR (visually impaired parents & relatives) allow people to develop their own network of peer support
    » Our Resource Centres have specially equipped play rooms and toy libraries providing a safe environment for children to play and build their confidence

    What success will look like

    Success is helping visually impaired children and parents achieve the goals they set for themselves in life, by completing regular evaluations we make sure that happens.

  • Impact


    Asking families to take part in regular evaluations means we can report first hand the changes the project has on people. Most commonly parents say that coming to Henshaws makes their child more confident and independent. Parents are able to develop a support network of people who understand the difficulties of either looking after a VI child or being a VI parent. Ultimately we offer families access to a safe, secure and understanding environment where they can adapt to a life with sight loss


    Without ongoing funding we run the risk of being unable to reach out to those people who we know could benefit from our services but who are prehaps unaware of Henshaws in their area. We need funding so that we can keep helping more visually impaired children, their siblings, parents and families.


    We will deliver a special communication for donors to this project via email. We will introduce donors to some of the families they have supported, as a way of showing the impact of their generosity. We will also highlight our other services so people can engage with the whole of Henshaws

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,000 Care & Support Allows us to provide 695 hours of support and care to visually impaired children and parents
  • Background


    We offer our Children & Families Service in Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool. While the service is delivered directly in these cities the people who access the service travel from all over the North West and North East due to the scarcity of this sort of specialist provision.


    Our service is open to anyone affected by sight loss- we understand that sight loss doesn't just affect an individual and make sure that we have the services to help anyone affected by visual impairment

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully been delivering services to blind and visually impaired people for more than 170 years. In that time the scope and range of our services has increased but we have stayed true to our founders vision - to provide visually impaired people with the skills and confidence they need to build their independence. Our longevity and experience means we are best placed to give people the support, information and advice they need to tackle the problems associated with sight loss.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Glynis Howard

    Glynis has worked at Henshaws for more than 20 years, managing community housing projects, rehab projects as well as our Children & Families Service.

    Hannah Firth

    Works within the service to bring families together through groups and activities so they can share common challenges and experiences

    Elaine Stewart

    Has worked within the Children & Families Service for 5 years and is on hand to support families through any challenges they face.

Oscar and his Mum Kait

Oscar and his Mum Kait