Children and Families services

Our Children and Families Teams, based in Manchester and Liverpool, specialise in working with children and parents with sight loss, often with complex needs and additional disabilities. We also support any family member or carer where visual impairment has an impact on their life. Find out more about our services below or get in touch with us on 0300 222 5555.

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Information, advice & guidance

Being told your child has a visual impairment can be a difficult and overwhelming time; that’s why we are here for you to offer emotional and practical support. Our qualified and experienced staff will chat you with you to identify your child and family’s needs – from advice and info on aids and equipment, different activities, to getting you in touch with other families.

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Activities and events

We help to show children with a visual impairment that they can take part in activities with the right support and empower them to try more things for themselves. The activities are also an opportunity to meet with other families experiencing similar issues and share experiences.

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'I Can Do It' course

I Can Do It is our independence course, funded by BBC Children in Need, for children aged 8 -12 and young people aged 13 -18 in Liverpool and Manchester. Our course is a great way to learn about friendships, safety, doing things for yourself, cooking and starting to think about growing up; all through fun activities!

Find out more and our upcoming course dates
Gail Brett , Henshaws Community Enablement Officer (pink top) with guide dog Wanda. Pictured with Lynsey Clarke, Altrincham Hospital sister.

Children's Patient Support Officer

Taking your child to the hospital can be an unsettling and confusing experience for parents as well as for children. That’s why we have a Family Support Officer based at the Paediatric Clinic of the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital who can support you.

Get in touch on 0300 222 5555 or email manchester@henshaws.org.uk to find out more information.

Henshaws have shown us that with a little support we can work around our disability and enjoy the same things that other families do.

Shahida, Mum to Hana and Zara

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