I Can Do It Course for Children & Young People

Residential, Online and for Charities

Would you like to...

-Meet young people with a visual impairment to make friends?
-Spend time away from family and 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, funded by BBC Children in Need, for children aged 8 -12 and young people aged 13 -18 in Liverpool and Greater Manchester. 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!

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.


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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.


Course Content

• Social & 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!


For Charities

Henshaws has been supported by Thomas Pocklington Trust to deliver training to six other charities to enable them to set up their own I Can Do It residential courses, and to share the knowledge they have gained from their own successful courses. This includes an I Can Do It online learning platform to support remote learning.

This course has been generously supported by  Thomas Pocklington Trust



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.

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.