Our Values

We strive to improve quality of life, increase independence and reduce the social isolation of those affected by sight loss and other disabilities. We work at the heart of the community – creating long-lasting and real change through education, community support, and enterprise.

Mel and Shane feeding goats
Andy and Catriona making Pottery

Our Impact

We work throughout the North of England and our places include a Specialist College, Community Centres and an Arts & Crafts Centre. We support disabled people to be part of their local community. We are continually developing technology to support more people, wherever they are, online.

Our Values

Henshaws has developed its core values, which are embedded through all we do across the charity.

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    Always aiming to increase knowledge through experience, expertise and history

  • Sharing

    Desire to exchange experiences and ideas with others.

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    Displaying empathy and understanding.

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    Through the life changing impact on the people we support

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    Actively helping and supporting individuals

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    Encouraging and supporting individuals to reach their full potential

Mark Belcher, Head of Enablement at Henshaws, brailling the ballot papers

How we Support

Our dedicated staff and volunteers are the fuel of the organisation; they provide support, advice and training, enabling people and their families to build skills, develop confidence, help each other and look forward to a more positive future.

Latest news

Keep up to date with all the latest news from across Henshaws.

  • 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
  • Arts & Crafts

    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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