Susan’s Story

Susan has been accessing Henshaws services since our merger with Bolton Society for Blind People last year. She attends a variety of groups at the Thicketford Centre every week, and spoke to us about the difference coming to Henshaws has made to her life:

“I am registered partially sighted due to having dry eye syndrome when I was younger and I now have cataracts. I also have arthritis in my legs and spine; all of which means I had balance issues and was gradually losing mobility.

Before I came to Henshaws I was often stuck in the house because I couldn’t travel on my own. There were times when I felt quite depressed; not being able to do the things I wanted to do on a daily basis would get on top of me. Coming to the groups at Henshaws has changed all of that.

I come to Tai Chi, the Luncheon Club and the Living with Sight Loss course; being a part of these groups has given me a new lease of life. The Tai Chi group, in particular, has improved my balance and mobility and has helped me regain a great deal of independence. I used to have to get a taxi wherever I was going but I can now get the bus on my own. This means I can choose where I want to go and when I want to go there.

We all help each other in the group with any problems or issues. I’d say that my life probably now revolves around Henshaws. I’ve made some really good friends and have a really good laugh every time I’m here.”

To learn more about the services Henshaws offers in Bolton, call Suzie on 0300 222 5555.

Susan taking part in Tai Chi in Bolton
Susan taking part in Tai Chi

Support others like Susan

Sight loss can be a frightening and isolating journey, but with your support, we can help fund crucial services so people can build a network of support and enjoy life to the full. Whether it’s through a donation or an event, your support can mean that others like Susan don’t have to go through their sight loss journey alone.

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Get support and advice on sight loss

If you’d like support or information on sight loss, our Community Services can offer you practical support and advice, support with your independence, and friendship groups. Find out more about what we can offer you here, or contact our First Step team on 0300 222 5555.