I Can Do It

Greater Manchester and Merseyside

Would you like to...

• Meet other young people with a visual impairment and make friends?
• Spend time away from family to become more independent?
• Learn new life skills and increase your confidence?

...then our I Can Do It course is for you!

What is it?

I Can Do It is our independence course, for children aged 8 -11 years and young people aged 12 -17 years. Our course is a great way to learn about friendships, safety, doing things for yourself, cooking and starting to think about growing up – all through fun activities!

The course covers:

• Social and emotional skills
• Keeping safe at home, outside and online
• Living independently with a visual impairment
• Kitchen skills
• Dreaming in colour – transitions, goals and aspirations

Each course includes a parent’s workshop to give your parents information and guidance, and you’ll also get a certificate at the end!

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How can I get involved?

‘I Can Do It’ is an independence course for children and young people with a visual impairment aged 8-17 years. The course is free of charge and involves fun activities aimed at improving independence. The course has two stages; a one-day introduction course, followed by a five day residential at the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust in Cheshire.

If you’d like more info or to express your interest for Manchester, please contact Lydia on 0300 222 5555 or email lydia.waker-craig@henshaws.org.uk

If you’d like more info or to express your interest for Merseyside, please contact Kathryn on 0300 222 5555 or email kathryn.saunders@henshaws.org.uk

This course Image result for bbc children in needhas been generously funded by BBC Children in Need 

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    and the P.H Holt      Foundation.

What do young people say about the course?

Listen to Ayman, Freeha and Maaria talk about our ‘I Can Do It’ course and what is has done for them.  These young people all attended our residential at the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust in August 2019.

Upcoming I Can Do It course dates:

Manchester: To be confirmed

Liverpool: To be confirmed

We are currently in the process of creating an online version of our popular I Can Do It course, which is a very exciting development! If you are a sight loss organisation and you would like to find out more about this online offer for your own service users, please get in touch with Mel Cooke, Children and Young People’s Services Manager on 0300 222 5555 or email mel.cooke@henshaws.org.uk

Part of our course includes developing social skills, and our young people write and record their own ‘Friendship adverts’. Have a listen to one of our adverts from some of our graduates in 2016:

Ben's story

Ben has retinal dystrophy and nystagmus, and has had a kidney transplant. He is able to touch-type, uses an iPad and enjoys gaming minecraft, theme parks, visiting YouTube channels and playing musical instruments.

Ben’s ambitions are to go to college and university, and is interested in engineering and geography.

Watch Ben’s video diary in which he talks about what he enjoyed most about our I Can Do It! course.