Theme: Independence

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Work placements: Thank you to our employers!

As we reach the end of another academic year, we want to say a huge thank you to all the employers who have worked with us to offer work placements to our students.

Service user takeover: Meet Hadisa

Meet Hadisa, a Henshaws service user who shares her experience of living with a visual impairment. Learn how Henshaws has supported her.

Audible Vision app review

This Android app uses Artificial Intelligence to help visually impaired people become confident in everyday tasks.
Here Chris from our Digital Team gives the app a review.

Henshaws and MADE: Museum accessibility top tips

Read about a project our children and young people were involved in, in partnership with MADE, in which they shared their top accessibility tips for museums and galleries. Find out

Sight Loss and Dementia

Sight loss can mask as dementia, and go undetected for years. We’ll guide you on how to spot the signs, and what to do next if you suspect that someone has sight loss.

Envision Glasses: AI for your eye

Learn about the features of the Envision Glasses, AI-enabled smart glasses designed specifically for visually impaired people.

I Can Do It

Our course is a great way to learn about friendships, doing things for yourself & cooking - all through fun activities!

Supporting mobility with a Sunu Band

We took the Sunu Band, a wearable assistive device, on a test drive to see how it can support people with sight loss with their mobility and independence.

Tech Talk’s Top Tech of 2020

Find out what our Trafford and Oldham Tech Talk members voted as their favourite piece of technology in 2020.

Dictation solutions put to the test

There are a number of dictation solutions available, but which one is the best? We thought we would try some of the most common versions side by side to see how they performed.

Out and about on the high street after lockdown

Mark discusses how shops and services have changed since lockdown restrictions eased, in order to help better inform visually impaired people of what to expect when they go out.

COVID InSights: Nina’s story

'COVID InSights' is a new series from Henshaws in which blind and visually impaired individuals share their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic through videos and blogs.

Life as an Enablement Officer at Henshaws

Kate, our Enablement Officer based in Oldham, explains her role in supporting the local sight loss community and the services that she delivers on a daily basis.

Henshaws feature on BBC North West Tonight

Henshaws were featured in a report by BBC North West discussing the issues facing blind and visually impaired people during the Covid-19 pandemic, including social distancing.

7 gift ideas for people with sight loss

Knowing what to get your loved one for Christmas can be a struggle at the best of times. Here's some ideas from us at Henshaws for anyone with sight loss.

Meet Fred the centenarian with sight loss

I was very fortunate to be invited to meet one of our visually impaired service users from Oldham last month, just a few days after he celebrated his 100th birthday!

Henshaws students strike silver

Students from our Specialist College in Harrogate recently celebrated completion of their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.

Get Out-and-About For Fun and Health

Don't let worries about accessibility put you off getting into the countryside. There are all sorts of resources out there to help.

Volunteering to be the man behind the music

Ally happens to be registered severely sight impaired. He loves music and loves to take on new challenges. Find out how he found the opportunity to combine the two.

First careers event at Specialist College

Our Specialist College welcomed local employers and support organisations onto campus for our first Careers Information, Advice & Guidance day for students and their families.

Dave and Amy Steele Flying High for Henshaws

In April this year Henshaws ambassador Dave Steele and his wife Amy took a Fifteen Thousand Ft plunge from an airplane, all in the name of raising funds for Henshaws!

Henshaws gets Poetic

Visually impaired poet Dave Steele has joined Henshaws' team of ambassadors and tells us about his excitement about this recent opportunity.

My Makaton Mission

Carl works at Henshaws College and is on a Makaton mission to make communication more accessible for those with special needs.

Juggling work, kids and sight loss

Francesca Scott started to lose her sight at aged 39, with two young children, a full-time job and living in a remote area... how did she cope?

One year on from Henshaws College

It is now almost a year since Tessa graduated from Henshaws College. We caught up with her mum, Kate, to find out how she's doing.

How our Henshaws homes are different

Henshaws housing is specially adapted for people with a range of disabilities. We cover some of the ways that homes can be adapted so they’re person-centred and accessible for all.

“You don’t look blind”

Many people presume someone who has little or no vision no longer appreciates the visual world, and may no longer care about what they wear or how they look. How wrong they are...

Five steps to dealing with your sight loss

Henshaws Enablement Officer, Gail, shares the top five ways in which she can help to support people living with sight loss to live a more independent and fulfilled life.

It’s IMCYP’s First Birthday!

What a year! We are pleased to say that we have just completed the first year of our new BBC Children in Need funded project.

TapTapSee is Free (again!)

The app TapTapSee has now been made available for free - Community Services Development Manager Mark talks us through some of its features.

Henshaws exercise classes

Our classes will get you moving, at your own pace and ability, to improve your range of movement, strength & fitness.

When not helping is best!

Support worker Bill shared with me his approach to supporting Andrew, and how sometimes it can be best not to help…

College has really helped me on my journey

College graduate Rachael now runs her own arts and crafts business from home. She explains what life is like for her now and how Henshaws supported her to achieve her goals.

For the love of art

How do you communicate when you are deafblind? How do you communicate with someone who is deafblind? For Jon and Shirley, the answer is… through art.

“A positive attitude can be a great help”

The volunteers at the Henshaws Hospital Desk are back to share more stories of their experience of volunteering at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

A day in my life

I’m often asked what it’s like to live life with a visual impairment. I just have to approach life in a slightly different way...