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.

  • Henshaws Beer Festival 2024 sponsored by Evelyn Partners
    Arts & Crafts

    Evelyn Partners Sponsor Beer Fest 2024!

    Posted Feb 2024
  • Examples of print workshop produced work
    Arts & Crafts

    Creativity in January 2024

    Posted Feb 2024
  • Service User Marjorie using her phone following training from Henshaws enablement team
    Sight Loss

    Never too old to learn digital skills

    Posted Jan 2024
  • Red Sky sunset at the Arts and Crafts Centre in December. The Christmas Tree has decorations and lights on it.
    Arts & Crafts

    Christmas Creativity at our Arts and Crafts Centre

    Posted Jan 2024
  • Artmaker Andy participating in our pottery workshop at the Arts And Crafts Centre. He is presenting to camera a star-shaped pottery bowl that he is working on.
    Arts & Crafts

    Henshaws 12 days of Giving: helping our day support

    Posted Nov 2023
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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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