Henshaws Specialist College

From our campus in Harrogate, we offer places for young people aged 18 to 25 with special education needs

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Henshaws Hundreds Challenge

We invite you to participate in the eagerly awaited return of the Henshaws Hundreds Challenge this June!

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Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre

Where Art is Just the Start

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Supporting people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to go beyond expectations.

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Our mission

Henshaws is a northern charity supporting people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to go beyond expectations.

We believe that, wherever they are, everyone has the right to an independent and fulfilling life. Our support, advice and training enables people and their families to build skills, develop confidence, help each other and look forward to a more positive future.

How we helped last year

Supporting people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to go beyond expectations.

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    96 % of Henshaws Specialist College Students reached their education targets.

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    2,965 people living with sight loss supported in Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

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    19,000 artmaker sessions completed at Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre.

Faces of Henshaws

College Student Cameron sat in the sensory room with balls and lights.

In many ways, Cameron has the same interests and wishes as any other 23-year-old. He loves to hang out with people his own age, to chill listening to music or watching a film, to dance, to be physically active, to visit a restaurant, not to mention showing off to someone he finds cute. However, all of these present barriers. Cameron is autistic and non-verbal, requiring round-the-clock 1-to-1 care. He needs assistance dressing himself, with personal care, and almost every aspect of his life. It is impossible to know his thoughts and he cannot easily tell us when he is confused, in pain, hungry, thirsty, too hot, too cold, or simply wants to do something or avoid doing something.

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Artmaker Stefi holding a pottery lizard.

The overall feeling of the Arts and Crafts Centre was magic, very calm with a lot of happy art makers. Every morning we drop Stefi off she is met by her one-to-one helper and we know she is in very safe hands. Stefi is so happy at Henshaws, she loves the art workers and staff, it is like one big family.

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Gareth road running, pink t-shirt, with a big smile

“When I was first diagnosed, Henshaws helped me understand my diagnosis, offered support through their Living with Sight Loss Course and Visual Impairment Awareness Training. They are imperative to the Visual Impairment community by enabling Visual Impaired people to maintain independence and offering support in any way they can.”

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Latest News

Latest insights from the best in care. Explore industry trends, challenges, and solutions.

  • A lively outdoor festival scene at Bed Fest 2024, held on June 8th. The image shows a large crowd of people enjoying the event in a spacious, green area surrounded by trees. Attendees are seated at picnic tables and on the grass, mingling and socialising under the clear blue sky. Several vendor tents and stalls can be seen in the background, with smoke wafting from a food stall, indicating cooking or barbecuing. An umbrella with branding is prominently visible, adding a splash of colour. The atmosphere is vibrant and festive, capturing the community spirit and enjoyment of the success bed fest
    Arts & Crafts

    Bed Fest Success for the 11th year!

    Posted Jun 2024
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    A Guide to Creative Therapy

    Posted Jun 2024
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    Enabling Communities: The Role of Day Centres in Shaping Social Norms

    Posted May 2024
  • Harry at two of our activities. The left-hand side shows him holding a chick at a farm, and the right-hand side shows him paddling in a kayak
    Sight Loss

    Harry: Accessing activities in a supportive environment

    Posted May 2024
  • Danielle practising using the CCTV. There is a piece of paper underneath the CCTV, and the text from the paper is being magnified and displayed on the CCTV screen.
    Sight Loss

    Danielle: Using technology for greater independence

    Posted May 2024
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Learn how to get involved

From fundraising events to volunteering, there are plenty of ways to give to make a difference at Henshaws

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