We work with people of all ages, both children and adults, living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities across Greater Manchester. Whether it's getting advice and information on your eye condition, trips out with our Children & Families services, or you just fancy a coffee morning with people who understand your sight loss, we can find a package that suits you.

How and where we can support you

Our community hubs and services are spread across Greater Manchester so you’ll never have to travel too far to find us. Click on the icons on our interactive map to find out what we offer in your area and how to get in touch.

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Advice, information & support

Speak to our experts about any sight loss issue – we can support you as well as your friends and family.


Independence matters groups

Enabling you to develop the skills to keep active, keep connected and live well whatever your eye condition, including our Living with Sight Loss course.

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Friendship matters groups

Come and take part! We offer a wide range of groups and activities to enjoy and meet people, or learn a new skill or hobby.

Children and families services

We offer ‘I Can Do It’ (our independence course for children and young people) as well as events and activities all year round.

All our groups & courses in Manchester

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Hospital support

We offer a Patient Support Service at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Altrincham Hospital for any age, providing someone to talk to in confidence, medical information explained in a clear way, and advice and equipment.

We also have a Family Patient Support Officer who is based at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital once a week for any support or advice that your family needs.

Contact 0161 276 5515 to book an appointment, or drop in to either hospital.

Henshaws Counselling

It can be difficult to come to terms with being diagnosed with sight loss. It’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed, but it can help to have someone to talk to who can empathise and help you process the many emotions you can feel after your diagnosis; that’s why we offer counselling across Greater Manchester, and can even offer it over the phone.

Henshaws Counsellor Sian explains more in our video, or you can find out more on our page below.

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Kathleen and Sylvia from our over 50s exercise class

Sylvia and Kathleen's story

“When I found out these free classes would be running at my local library, I jumped at the chance – it was so convenient! The exercise classes are great – the session leaders are wonderful, so supportive and make sure the class is suitable for all levels.

One of the best things I’ve gained is new friends. I’ve really enjoyed socialising with the other class members. I’ve come to accept my visual impairment over the years but Kathleen’s sight loss is more recent so I’m hoping I can provide emotional support and a shoulder to lean on. Thank you Henshaws, for giving me an extra spring in my step and for introducing me to a wonderful new supportive group of friends!”

Read more about Sylvia and Kathleen's story

Find out the latest news from Henshaws in Manchester

Meet our First Step team!

Ever wondered who is on the other end of the line when you call Henshaws? The First Step team introduce themselves and their roles.

Winners of our Christmas Raffle 2018

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Christmas raffle this year and helped raise over £6,500 for Henshaws’ work! We announce the lucky winners.

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