Blind artists create artwork to celebrate 150th year of John Lewis

Art_Wall_John_Lewis_2014_023Henshaws Society for Blind People was invited by John Lewis to produce artwork to be displayed on the Community Art Wall in their Trafford Centre store to celebrate the 150th year of the retail outlet.

Artwork was produced by individual service users and groups at Henshaws who all have a visual impairment or a disability. The Parent & Toddler group created a finger-painting of a fish and Kimberley Burrows, a service user in Manchester, created a composition of her ‘favourite things about John Lewis’.

Art Makers from Henshaws Arts & Crafts Cen
tre in Knaresborough produced three pieces of colourful artwork, which followed a nature theme that included a butterfly, a vase of flowers and a print of the inside of a cabbage. And the Arts & Crafts group in Manchester created a tactile cupcake collage, which was even sprinkled with hundreds and thousands!

Glen Lockett, Head of Fundraising said: “We were thrilled to be asked by John Lewis to get involved with their Community Art Wall. We have such talented service users here that it is great to show off the artwork they can produce.”

The artwork will be displayed in the Place to Eat restaurant at John Lewis, Trafford Centre until July 21 2014.

See below a gallery of images taken of some of the service users with their artwork.


Henshaws students complete Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

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Five Henshaws College students have just completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Conor, David, Liam, Krissy and Jake walked 20.5 km and climbed to a height of 460 metres during their two day Expedition in Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire.

The students navigated using specially created photo maps designed by College staff. Each map covered one stage of the route and showed students which objects they needed to look out for to find their way such as bridges, gates and local landmarks.

One of the Expedition leaders and College instructor Jill said: “Our students coped with all the weather that was thrown at them, slept in their own tents all night and climbed all the way up to the radio mast at the top of Guisecliffe Woods in Pateley Bridge. We supported our students to use their individual strengths throughout the training and the expedition. They worked together and have formed a good team. We are incredibly proud of them all!”

David drew the picture below of the group and their tents, along with a write up of the weekend which says:

“One cloudy day, David, Jake, Connor, Krissy, Aimee, Gill, Guy, Liam and Christopher were going for a long big walk and everybody was singing music. We went up up to the top, up up to the top, up up to the top and and then down down to the top, down down the top. And straight in to camping and dinner and bedtime, breakfast and brush teeth and a long walk back home – the end!”

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The Expedition is the final section of the award for Henshaws students. Earlier this year they spent several months creating a new wildlife pond at College for the Skill section of their award.

The students enjoyed learning lots of different skills during the process, as Conor explains. “We had to dig out the mud and make a border by bending sticks around the edge. We hope there will be frogs and fish in our new pond.”

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You can visit the College pages of our website for more information about our programmes of learning and support for young people for disabilities.


Motorbike ride to support blind people

Sausage Run - Kimberley BurrowsThis Saturday July 12th, three Henshaws service users who are visually impaired are taking part in a motorbike ride from Manchester to Yorkshire, to raise awareness and funds for Henshaws Society for Blind People.

The Sausage Run is a Henshaws fundraising event where motorbike and scooter riders travel together from Henshaws Manchester Resource Centre in Old Trafford, to Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough. The service users will be riding pillion on the back of motorbikes with guides driving, as they travel the 80 miles to Yorkshire along with sighted motorbike riders.

The service users are Kimberley Burrows, 25 from Irlam, Gareth Hughes, 25 from Little Hulton and Malcolm Elthrope, 38 from Old Trafford. They are all severely sight impaired and currently attend Henshaws Resource Centre in Manchester on the Skillstep course. Skillstep, which is supported by the Big Lottery Fund, is a 12 week course for people with a visual impairment who want to work, volunteer or continue studying.

Kimberley said: “”I decided to take part in the Sausage Run as I would never have been able to have had the chance to ride on a motorbike otherwise – being severely visually impaired. This is a fantastic opportunity and I had a practice run with my bike partner, Chris, which I absolutely loved so I am now really looking forward to the event!”

All riders will receive a free Henshaws Sausage Sandwich for partaking in the ride-out. The famous Henshaws sausage is made using free range pork from Easingwold and a blend of secret seasonings and spices exclusively for Henshaws by local butcher Elite Meat.

The riders will take a completely non motorway route to head across Yorkshire on this scenic route, which is the perfect opportunity for all riders, including learners to get together for a social and fun day out.

There are still places for the event which costs £10 to register and all participants are expected to fundraise to raise valuable funds for Henshaws vital services to support blind and visually impaired people.

To register your place on the Sausage Run please contact the fundraising team on 0161 872 1234 or email


CNG supports Henshaws during Tour de France!


To celebrate the festivities of the Tour de France, CNG Ltd based in Harrogate is going to be doing some fundraising activities for Henshaws. This year CNG is celebrating its 20th year of business, growing and changing whilst always supporting the local community where possible.

CNG’s HR director Pam Gibson has instigated the fundraising as she became aware of the work of Henshaws through a friend whose brother lives in one of Henshaws’ community houses. Pam wanted to make sure that CNG became involved with Henshaws as she knew how much difference this had made to her friend’s family, Paul is now actively involved in the Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre and very happy in the house he lives in with other Henshaws service users.

Henshaws fundraiser Lisa Sherratt says: “We are really grateful to CNG for choosing Henshaws as their charity to support for the Tour de France weekend. We really appreciate the support they are giving us and can’t wait to be part of the celebrations!”

CNG’s offices are on Victoria Avenue in Harrogate, just along from the finish point for the first stage of the Tour de France. The team will be giving away thunder sticks, flags and selling bags of sweets to all the crowds. Alongside this there will be a staff BBQ and also stationary bikes outside the offices allowing as many people as possible to ride as many miles as possible. Please come along on the day and support Henshaws and CNG in their celebrations!

CNG’s offices are on Victoria Avenue in Harrogate, just along from the finish point for the first stage of the Tour de France. The team will be giving away thunder sticks, flags and selling bags of sweets to all the crowds. Alongside this there will be a staff BBQ and also stationary bikes outside the offices allowing as many people as possible to ride as many miles as possible. Please come along on the day and support Henshaws and CNG in their celebrations!

Hearth de Triomphe unveiled at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre

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A group of young disabled volunteers inspired by the Tour de France’s visit to Yorkshire have unveiled the first in a series of exciting cycle sculptures for Knaresborough, in the walled garden at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre.

The Hearth de Triomphe is a Yorkshire fireplace with a French twist. It was created by students at Forest School in Knaresborough and designed by artist Catt van Leijen. Students Nicholas and Tom from Henshaws College also helped with the project as part of their volunteer work at the school.

Made from cycle parts and other re-used materials, the Hearth is one of five Tour inspired sculptures devised by members of Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Can Do Programme.

The group came up with the idea for a cycling inspired sculpture series earlier this year. They received an overwhelming response for old bicycle parts from local people to kick start the project.

Ruth Bowen, Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Can Do Programme Coordinator, said: “This sculpture is one of five funded by the York & North Yorkshire Waste Partnership’s Community Re-use Fund made from re-used materials to create a sculpture at Forest School Knaresborough and celebrating the Tour De France visit to Knaresborough on Sunday 6th July.”

“We wanted to construct a piece based on the Arc de Triomphe and a Yorkshire fireplace.  Deciding to call it the Hearth de Triomphe, students made their own bricks as part of the sculpture so everyone has been part of the project.”

A Can Do project volunteer said: “It was awesome working together, everything was great!”

The sculpture is now in place in the walled garden at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre so why not pop down and have a look?