Local Yorkshire school learn about visual impairments

At Henshaws we like to get to know our service users and they often like to get to know all about us too, many are keen to get involved in the work we do and help to raise awareness of our work.

Debs sat in front of the classroom with two teachers.
Three primary school children wearing blindfolds to help understand what sight loss is like.

Yorkshire service user Debs lives in a Henshaws residential house and is a familiar face at our Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough. She is a regular guest at a local school where she shares her experience of having a visual impairment with the Early Years children.

Teacher Helen explains: “Our topic this term has been ‘light and dark’. A big part of our learning has been about what it would be like if we had difficulty seeing or indeed couldn’t see at all, and we shared a number of stories, such as The Short Sighted Giraffe, and Luna and the Big Blur…which is where Debs came in!

Her visit gave the children the opportunity to ask questions and to find out what it is really like, and how Debs manages to go about her daily life, as the children found it very difficult to complete tasks with their blindfolds on! The children had some great questions for Debs…and were keen to try out all her gadgets! We even tried leading our friends around our setting, just like Sandra was leading Debs when they came to visit!

The children thoroughly enjoyed meeting our visitors from Henshaws, and the visit really brought home the main focus of this termly topic…thank you once again for coming to see us Debs, and we all look forward to seeing you again very soon!”

To arrange a Henshaws visit to your school in the Yorkshire region, please contact Kate Simpson on 01423 799619 or email kate.simpson@henshaws.org.uk.