I Can Do It

Greater Manchester and Merseyside

Would you like to:
• Meet other youngsters with visual impairments & 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 and young people aged 12 -17. 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 & emotional skills
• Keeping safe at home, outside and online
• Living independently with a VI
• 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 get a certificate at the end.

Image shows young girl with eyes closed, holding a lamb in her hands

How can I get involved?

Our Manchester ‘I Can Do It’, funded by BBC Children in Need, is an independence course for children and young people with a visual impairment aged 8-17. 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.

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 George on 0151 708 7055 or email george.ferguson@henshaws.org.uk.

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

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.

Read the latest advice and stories on our blog

Sensory activity ideas for Christmas

Our Children and Young People's team have put together some sensory activity ideas to try out at home over the Christmas period with blind or visually impaired young people.

Get in touch to book your place

Greater Manchester

Contact Lydia on 0300 222 5555 or email lydia.waker-craig@henshaws.org.uk.


Contact George on 0151 708 7055 or email  george.ferguson@henshaws.org.uk.

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