For professionals

View of the front of Henshaws Specialist College with wide expanse of lawn at the front leading up to the main entrance. Visitors can explore the campus when you book a College visit.

For education professionals

Henshaws College offers further education for students aged 16–25 with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities, specialising in visual impairment.

We support residential and day students through individual learning programmes and a curriculum which focuses on the skills needed for everyday life as an adult. Our multidisciplinary team of staff provide specialist support to enable each student to achieve their goals. We empower students with the skills and confidence to maximise their independence and employability, and achieve success throughout their adult lives.

Please contact the College  if you would like to find out more information.

Henshaws staff and nhs staff with Mayor of Trafford at ECLO launch event

For commissioners

We provide advice, support and training to people affected by sight loss and disability, across the North of England. Our services are registered with Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission. You can find out more about our services and history on our What we offer and About us pages.

At Henshaws, we have a long history of commissioning with statutory authorities at a range of different levels and we are always interested in talking to commissioners about relevant services.

Pathway 2016

Pathway Documents

We have created an organisational delivery model that can be used by other charities to effectively deliver services: Pathway Plan.

We have created a bespoke document ‘Pathway for Professionals’ which is tailored to local authorities in each of the areas in which we operate. These documents highlight how our expertise can help you to meet your priorities.

To find out more about how we can work with you please contact Mel Cooke, Business Development Manager on 0300 222 5555 or email

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Showcasing our work

UK Vision 2016 annual conference competition winners

Henshaws pathway to wellbeing project (previously known as the Manchester Social Isolation Project) came first in its category at  UK Vision 2016 annual conference.

The project supports Outcome 2 of the UK Vision Strategy; Everyone with an eye condition receives timely treatment and, if permanent sight loss occurs, early and appropriate services and support are available and accessible to all.

Download the Pathway to Wellbeing poster – 2016

Independence Matters Programme for Children and Young People – evaluation poster 2016

We also entered an evaluation poster of our ‘I Can Do It’ course (formally named IMCYP) at the conference.

Download Independence Matters Programme for Children and Young People evaluation poster – 2016

UK Vision 2015 annual conference competition winners

Skillstep programme – A Social Return on Investment Analysis poster won its category at last years conference. The category was ‘Outcome: A society in which people with sight loss can fully participate’.

Download the Skillstep programme – A Social Return on Investment Analysis poster – 2015 

For health and social care professionals

We offer specialist support and skills building for the people you work with. We have a very personal approach, focusing on the individual and we have strong links to other organisations.

We cover all areas including:

  • Specialist further education
  • Vision Support service
  • Courses and training
  • Vocational placements
  • Housing and support

We can also provide specialist advice and support in all areas of visual impairment.

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For recruiting

We can help you to support people into employment, volunteering or further education through training, advice and support, including:

  • VIAT training – our Visual Impairment Awareness Training is an interactive one day course for anyone who wants to know more about life with a visual impairment. Learn how to approach and guide a person with a visual impairment, and how to set your business apart by making it accessible for all.
  • Bespoke training courses – our range of specialist training including ‘Creating accessible environments’ can help to ensure your business is accessible for all and that you’re not missing any talent by not having an accessible workplace.

Please contact us for more information.