Henshaws exhibition – get involved!

Henshawas AsylumWe are currently developing our Henshaws Heritage Exhibition – An exhibition which will cover the History of Henshaws (which was started in 1837) and the history of visual impairment as well as commissioning new contemporary artworks and will feature the fascinating stories from people who have been part of Henshaws throughout the years.

As part of the research phase, we are having a consultation session at Henshaws in Manchester at Atherton House (5 mins from Old Trafford Metro station) next Wed 26th October from 10-2:30pm (lunch provided!) Please come along and share with us stories about Henshaws and visual impairment, your connections/experiences and what you would like to see in the exhibition. Even if you have never heard of us but like the sound of the exhibition, we’d love your input!

If you're interested then give Tori a call on 0161 786 3661 or email tori.moore@henshaws.org.uk

Yew Tree Lane staff win four ‘Finalist’ Great British Care Awards

We want to congratulate the Yew Tree Lane team who won four “finalist” awards at the Great British Care Award event in Blackpool.  The categories entered were:

Best care worker, Ruth Bates, for her dedication to our residents at Yew Tree Lane since it opened, Best newcomer, Patrick Dixon – who changed careers to come to us and has developed some real innovative therapeutic ideas, and Best Team Overall, in particular for pulling together during the serious illness of a resident and working as a team to do their best for the people in their care.

Kerry also nominated the mother of one of our residents Jean Ashworth, as best unpaid carer and Jean also won a finalist award. Jean has worked tirelessly for many years to get the best for her daughter and has not been afraid to take on officialdom when she’s needed to.

Well done to Kerry and to the team.  The awards are well deserved and it’s fantastic that Yew Tree Lane have done so well at this national event.

                                      Yew tree lane staff and residents


Vote for Henshaws to win £6000

Natwest logoWe are participating in the voting stage of the CommunityForce project and if successful stand to be awarded £6000 to go towards our work with children and families living with sight loss.
The money will be used to support the day to day running of the Children and Families service at Henshaws Manchester, as well as to provide vital services to the local community, in particular, to run events to bring members of communities who wouldn't normally seek support together, to celebrate different cultures and beliefs and share their experiences of sight loss.
The Awards are based on a public vote, which is now open and we need as many people as possible to log on to the Community Force website and vote for us! http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/2978


Harmony Celebrate their 15th Birthday with Parent & Toddler Group

Harmony Drumming workshop3Last week Kalpna Khuruna from Harmony Multicultural Association chose to celebrate their 15 year birthday with a free Harmony drumming workshop for our parent and toddler group.

 Kalpna has dedicated her life to community and voluntary work. She set-up Harmony in 1996 after being inspired by her daughter, Leena; who suffered a breakdown caused by girls bullying her at school. Harmony breaks down social and cultural barriers through the medium of music and dance.

Kalpna's workshop with our parent and toddler group included music with Jembe drums and a Sitar along with traditional dance. Children and Families Team Leader, Fiona Berry says “We are so pleased that Kalpna chose to mark her impressive 15 year milestone with our Parent and Toddler Group. The children really enjoyed playing all the different instruments she brought with her. On behalf of Henshaws we want to thank Kalpna and Harmony for supporting the work we do and wish them a Happy 15th Birthday!”

Harmony Drumming workshop2

Henshaws Service Users Gain Success in GCSE’s

GCSE twins Two of Henshaws Children and Family service users have  overcome their Visual Impairment to acheive great results in  their GCSE's. Twins Ben and Joe Rendle 16, have been regular  attenders of the Children and Family activities in Manchester.

 Ben only lost his sight a year ago when his Glaucoma became  unstable and inoperable.  As a result Ben had to relearn all his  subjects using Braille techniques in just 12 months. But he  achieved an incredible score of A*, 4 A’s, 3 B’s, 3 C’s & 3 other certficates at NVQ Level 2 passes. Ben said “I am extremely pleased that I have managed to pass. I have eye conditions Aniridia and Glaucoma that I was born with and my sight began to deteriorate when I was 12. It has been extremely hard to study as I had to relearn everything not only schoolwork but also daily living tasks. This put extra pressure on me in my studies.”

Whilst awaiting his results this summer Ben trained with his first Guide Dog Len , and is now ready to go onto college independently. When asked if he was proud of his results he replied “ I am proud of my results but mostly proud of passing partnership with my dog Len. It has been a great summer.”

Ben who attended mainstream school – St Edmunds Arrowsmith High. Is now enrolling at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford to study A level Media, ICT, Btec National Diploma in Radio Production alongside Braille Technology.

Joe who is also registered blind and suffers from the same conditions also suffers from severe Eczema /Cellulitis. Despite being in and out of hospital due to his conditions he achieved  an A*, A, 5B’s, 3C’s, and 3D’s. 

Joe is going on to the local college to study Travel & Tourism. He said “ I am really pleased with my results especially gaining a B in Maths. I found it hard work but I just pushed myself. I am going to a different college to Ben and it will be hard not being with my brother, but we are going on to do different things. Whilst awaiting my results during the summer I have been on the National Challenge Scheme (3 week course), a PGL scheme and attended the Children & Family Services at Henshaws, so it has been a good summer for me too.”

Proud Mum Wyn, who is also a regular attender of the Children & Family service and a member of Henshaws VIPAR (Visually Impaired Parents And Relatives) group and has done much volunteering for Henshaws over the years. “I am so proud of them as they have both had disruptive learning due to medical reasons. So even if they had gained all C’s I would have been pleased. But for Ben to have produced A’s when he had to relearn everything in Braille as well as cope with the emotional trauma of losing his sight ie exceptional. Their hard work and determination paid off; they are amazing.”

Henshaws would like to pass on their congratulations and wish them further success in their futures.