Children and Young People’s services
Our Children and Young People's 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.
Information, advice and 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 information on aids and equipment, different activities, to getting you in touch with other families.
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.
During the current COVID restrictions, we are holding regular virtual events using video conferencing tools. These virtual events offer the chance to join in with a range of social activities and games, such as quizzes, open mic’s, comedy sessions, beatboxing, and much more! Details of the days and times of these events can be found through the link below.
'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 Greater 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!
We regularly send newsletters to our children and families – if you missed your copy, follow the links below to the latest copies:
Autumn newsletter – October 2021
Festive e-newsletter – December 2020
Back to school e-newsletter – September 2020
Lockdown newsletter – May 2020
Our online Knowledge Village is a free resource designed to help people of all ages living with sight loss, as well as their families and healthcare professionals who support them.
Access our useful videos, blogs and eBooks, covering a range of topics such as sensory play ideas, communicating with a visually impaired child, choosing the right school, and much more!
We have funding for a number of different projects across Greater Manchester and Liverpool. Find out more about how you can get involved here:
Meet the Henshaws CYP Team
The Children and Young People’s (CYP) Team at Henshaws have a wealth of skills and knowledge about working with visually impaired children and their families.
We thought you’d like to meet them, so they’ve all made a short video to introduce themselves (COMING SOON!)
Join our Facebook Group
We have a closed Group on Facebook where we regularly post news and details of upcoming events and activities.
Please follow the link below to request access to the Group and join our space to share experiences, support one another, and share information about visual impairment.
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
Frequently asked questions about our Children and Young People’s services
Q. Are there any costs to your services?
A. There is no charge to register with Henshaws or to use our services. However for some of our activities we do ask for contributions towards costs of trips. Wherever possible we try to subsidise these costs and we often get great group rates, keeping activities as cheap as possible for our families.
Q. Can you support children of all ages?
A. We support children right from birth up to the age of 18. This age extends to 25 if they have additional complex needs as well as their visual impairment.
Q. Can you support children with other disabilities?
A. Yes. Many of the children, young people and adults we support have additional complex needs as well as their visual impairment.
Q. Do you provide activities for young adults?
A. We aim to provide a range of activities suitable for everyone; others are aimed at a particular age group. Our independence courses are tailored to cover a broad range of ages from eight plus.
Q. Can I leave my children at activities?
A. Most of our activities are aimed at the whole family, giving you the chance to experience new things with the support of Henshaws staff. Unless otherwise stated, parents or carers must attend activities with their child. Whilst Henshaws staff are on hand to provide support, parents and carers remain responsible for their child. We occasionally provide activities without parents/carers to give parents a break and encourage independence in children, such as on our I Can Do It course.
Q. Can you put me in touch with other parents?
A. Yes. Attending our activities is a great way to meet other parents and share experiences. We can also try to put you in touch with other parents via e-mail and telephone. If you are a parent who would like to share your experiences with others, we can add you to our databases.