Henshaws feature on BBC North West Tonight

Henshaws were featured in a report by BBC North West this week discussing the issues facing blind and visually impaired people during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
We were able to highlight some of the issues facing the sight loss community in terms of mobility, and the threat to independence that the necessary government guidelines have posed to individuals with a visual impairment.

Henshaws raises awareness of issues facing visually impaired people in the current crisis

In this report, Andy Gill from the BBC visited the home of our Senior Rehabilitation Officer Simon, who has low vision himself.  Simon was able to discuss issues that he himself has been facing when visiting supermarkets and walking around his local neighbourhood, in terms of the difficulties of maintaining social distancing.

Our Director of Community Services, Robert was also able to discuss the work of our charity during the lockdown, and the threat facing our service users to their independence and mental wellbeing.

The report can be viewed in the video below.

Man stood in front of a house holding a long cane.

I’ve not been out much. You can’t see very far, you can’t see where people are.


Image shows a male member of staff smiling at the camera. He is wearing a dark checked shirt.

We were also featured on BBC Radio 5 Live on the Adrian Chiles show, where again Simon was able to highlight the issues facing the sight loss community.  You can listen to the show here (from 2 hours 16 minutes into the programme).

We have put together a top tips guide to help blind and visually impaired people to socially distance – you can read it in our blog here.

If you are interested in finding out more about how we are supporting blind and partially sighted people during this challenging time, please call us on 0300 222 5555 or email us at info@henshaws.org.uk

We offer information, advice and guidance, telephone counselling, technology training, private rehabilitation, remote Living with Sight Loss training and much more!

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