Community Services

Independence and friendship are at the heart of everything we do.

We work with people of all ages, both children and adults, living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities. We aim to empower them to take steps to change their lives for the better.

How can we help?

Through our Pathway to Independence programme, we tailor-make a bespoke package of support, activities and training which meet needs of each person.

Our three centres in Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle offer a range of services to provide visually impaired people with an improved quality of life, and our digital and phone services mean we can even support you from your home.

Our support covers all ages; from children and families, to adults.

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In Manchester

Our community hubs are spread across Greater Manchester, where we offer groups and courses, counselling, children and families services, advice and information, supported living and hospital support.


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In Liverpool

At our Liverpool centre in Duke Street, we offer groups and courses, children and families services, advice and information, days out, and dementia support.

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In Newcastle

At the Heaton Community Centre in Newcastle, we offer groups and courses, children and families services, advice and information, days out, and supported living.

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Our First Step team are available for support on 0161 872 1234, and our videos are online for tips and information, so you can access our help and advice no matter where you are.

Nominations are now open for Community Service's Henshaws Awards 2017! Find out more about our categories and get your nominations in by Friday 7th April

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Advice and information

Our First Step team can provide you with specialist information and advice on things such as aids and equipment, as well as emotional and practical support, to help you overcome everyday challenges and take your next step. Get in touch on 0161 872 1234.

We also offer a Patient Support Service at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Altrincham Hospital for any age, providing someone to talk to in confidence, medical information explained in a clear way, and advice and equipment. Contact 0161 276 5515 or drop in to either hospital.

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Independence matters groups

We have a number of groups to empower you to live an independent life, including support for getting back to work, learning braille, IT skills, and our Skillstep and Living with Sight Loss courses.

View our groups and courses
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Friendship matters groups

Our social and support groups are the perfect opportunity to meet new people and get involved with group activities including film club, football, exercise classes and creative art groups.

View our groups and courses

View all our groups and courses

Memory Lane

Liverpool Resource Centre

Memory Lane is an opportunity to enjoy sensory activities, experience a taste of the past & celebrate memories!

Keep up to date with all the events, news and stories from across our community hubs in a free quarterly newsletter

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Our Children and Families teams specialise in working with children and parents with sight loss, often with complex needs and additional disabilities. We can support you in many ways including;

  • Parent and Toddler groups
  • Providing you with a network of other organisations for full support of you and your family
  • Events and days out
  • ‘I Can Do It’ course (in Manchester and Liverpool)
  • Use of our soft play area (in Manchester)
  • Junior football team (in Newcastle)

Before Henshaws I felt like I was stumbling around in the dark with nowhere to turn, but now I have a new-found confidence and a real zest for life!"

Peter, Manchester

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