Why choose us?

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. But we can't do this without your help. Find out how your support for Henshaws makes a real difference.

Peter Rhodes

Choosing to support Henshaws is life-changing. Read why your support is transforming people’s lives, and click on the icons to find out more about how we do it.

Eye_open_font_awesome.svg Because your support means that no-one will have to be alone when they first get their diagnosis

Imagine you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with sight loss – it can be hard news to take in, and it can be extra scary not knowing what the implications are. But your support helps to provide our Patient Support Officers at the eye hospitals in Manchester and Altrincham – so that people have the support, advice and comfort they need right from the moment they need it.

group-icon-82930Because your support means that no-one has to be isolated because of their disability

Sight loss can be an incredibly isolating experience – both physically from lack of accessibility, as well as psychologically isolating. In a recent survey, we found that 42% of visually impaired adults have or had depression. Your support can help fund our Friendship Matters groups and Arts & Crafts Centre, so people can build a network of support and enjoy life to the full. It can help us to provide transport and the skills people need to travel independently so that no one has to be trapped at home on their own.

In fact – with your help, 100% of our Art Makers in 2016 said they’d made new friends at our Arts & Crafts Centre.

Because your support can help enable someone to gain the skills & confidence to lead an independent life

Independence is at the heart of what we do. Did you know that only one-third of adults who are registered blind or have sight loss are employed? But with your help, we can continue to enable people with the confidence and skills to become more independent – whether it’s someone getting the bus on their own for the first time, to moving away from home, to finding employment again for the first time in years.

You really can make a tangible difference – after completing our Skillstep programme, over 90% of our graduates continue into further education, voluntary work or employment.

Because your support is life-changing

Your support is empowering those with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to achieve their dreams and go beyond expectations every day. If you want to find out more about the stories you have helped make happen, please read our latest newsletters and annual review:


Thank you for your support!

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