What does Henshaws offer in Wigan and Leigh?

Our Community Enablement Officer for Wigan and Leigh Claire introduces herself, and shares her ongoing work in the area.

Henshaws have hubs across the Greater Manchester area, so you never have to travel too far to find us! For the past six months, Claire has been offering support, information and advice in Wigan, Leigh and Platt bridge – and is setting up new groups and courses that are starting this month.

Find out more about what Claire can offer you below:

How did you get involved with Henshaws?

I live in Leigh, but I’m originally from Salford. My background is health care within the NHS but following the completion of a BSc Social Policy degree in 2016 I decided it was time to move forward and utilise my new knowledge and skills within the community.

I volunteered for Henshaws 20 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, so when I saw this position advertised I believe it was fate!

What is your role?

This role is new in Wigan and is in partnership with Wigan Wellbeing and Resilience service. I am a team of one so have had the opportunity to shape the project and ensure that it provides a first class service to visually impaired adults across the borough. 

Following a referral into the service, you can also self-refer, I offer a home visit to the client where I carry out a holistic assessment of their needs and formulate and individual plan of support. I offer information, advice, and guidance on a range of issues from; housing, benefits, daily living skills, aids and equipment, and much more. I can also refer to other services in the borough where appropriate.

What do you offer?

I am passionate about welfare rights, and reducing social isolation, so I have worked tirelessly to set-up various other types of support avenues and social activities!

Henshaws in Wigan now offers:

  • Coffee mornings on the last Tuesday of every month 10am-12pm, starting 28th February (WN1 3RT)
  • Information, advice & guidance drop-ins on Wednesdays 10am-12pm, starting 1st March (WN2 5DA)
  • Exercise classes on Mondays 10am-11.30am, starting 20th March (WN1 3RT)
  • LWSL is also coming in the late spring so stay tuned!

I’ll also be running coffee mornings in Leigh (WN7 1DB), on the last Thursday of every month 10am-12pm, starting 30th March.

How can I get in touch?

Get in touch with me by phone or email:

07973 948654 / claire.carey@henshaws.org.uk

Professionals can fill in a referral form and send direct to me or through the Wigan Wellbeing Resilience Service.

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