I Can Do It! Natalie’s diary

I'm Natalie, the Enablement Officer for Children and Young People at Henshaws. I run our independence course for young people aged 8-18 called I Can Do It, and I'll share the latest updates, tips and stories from our courses and our fab graduates.

We had a great few days last week supporting some of our young people to develop their independence skills at Henshaws HQ. Upon completion of every course, each child or young person delivers a speech about what they’ve enjoyed and learned during the course in front of their parents, peers and staff. Here’s what one of our sixteen year olds had to say:

“I enjoyed being in the kitchen and learning new skills. We made sandwiches, pizzas and cornflake cakes. I also liked reading Book Four of The Adventures of the Three Men. Because of the course I can cut vegetables and I feel more confident using a knife. I have learnt to join in more with the group. In the future I hope to make games and write more of my adventure books. I would like to be more independent and use public transport all the time.”

Our independence course for children and young people covers:

  • Social & Emotional Skills
  • Keeping Safe at Home, Outside and Online
  • Living independently with a VI
  • Kitchen Skills
  • Transitions, goals and aspirations

If this is something you would be interested in attending, our next course runs from 9.30am-3pm over the next three Saturdays in Tameside.

If you would like more information please contact Natalie Thompson on 0161 872 1234 or email natalie.thompson@henshaws.org.uk

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