I Can Do It

Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Gateshead

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!

Robin at I Can Do It

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. 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 begins with a parent’s workshop to give your parents information and guidance, and you’ll get a certificate at the end.

Fiona and Alice on the I Can Do It course

How can I get involved?

Our courses run across Manchester, Merseyside and Gateshead, and either run for three consecutive Saturdays or for three days across half term, so they fit in with your schedule. I Can Do It is free and is available for anyone with sight loss aged between 8 and 18.

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.

Upcoming I Can Do It! courses


I Can Do It (Ages 8-13, residential stay)

Childrens Adventure Farm

Spend the week having fun, making friends, learning new life skills and increasing your confidence with I Can Do It at Children's Adventure Farm, for ages 8-13.

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

Get in touch to book your place

Greater Manchester

Contact Natalie 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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