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 0161 872 1234.
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.
We also have a Family Support Officer based at the Paediatric Clinic of the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital on Tuesday afternoons who can support you.
Children’s soft play and toy area
We have a wide variety of noisy, bright and tactile toys at our centres in Liverpool and Manchester. We also have story tapes and CDs, audio described videos and DVDs, and a good selection of Braille, large print and tactile books.
The light and sensory rooms in both centres are available to hire every weekday from 9.30am – 4.00pm, please contact your nearest centre to discuss prices.
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.
'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!
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