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!


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!”

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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.

Bid for Henshaws

Ebay logoYou can now donate to Henshaws through eBay! If you have an eBay account, you can now donate all or a percentage of your final selling price of your unwanted items to Henshaws and its entirely up to you how much you wish to give.

eBay for Charity listings are the same as any other eBay listing, except for the blue and yellow eBay for Charity ribbon in search results and your chosen charity’s mission statement and logo in your listing. This means your listing can be seen by everyone who searches through It’ll also get extra visibility through the eBay for Charity pages.

It’s the perfect way to support Henshaws – while doing what you do every day on eBay, whether you're selling old clothes, mobile phones or you're a big business trading electronics.

Earn a bit. Give a bit. Everyone benefits.

Click on the link for more information on how to support Henshaws through eBay

Annual General Meeting 2011

The Chairman and the Henshaws Board of Management request the pleasure of your company at our Annual General Meeting on:

Tuesday 20th September 2011

Registration from 11:30am

12 noon start, followed by a buffet lunch.


The meeting will take place at our Manchester Office:

88-92 Talbot Road, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0GS

Please let us know if you're planning to attend by:



Phone: 0161 872 1234