Our FREE Parent and Toddler groups (Old Trafford, Manchester & Liverpool City Centre) are open to both parents and children with a visual impairment. The groups meet weekly and offer a supportive forum for parents to share stories and experiences, take part in a range of activities and play sessions. We also provide additional information and support via different guest speakers – highlighting other support services or benefits that the families might be entitled to
We know that the key to supporting the children is to support the parents and family first. A large part of that is about providing specialist advice on learning techniques and specially adapted toys and equipment, but more than that, it’s about providing emotional support and advice.
So, come along for a brew and a natter with other parents who understand what you’re going through and professionals who can support you along the way. It’s also great fun for the little ones who can try out sand and water play, painting and crafts, sensory play, music, stories and much more!
Here’s what one of our previous parents said about the group:
“I would like to report how pleased I am about attending the play sessions, activities and the support my daughter and I have enjoyed at Henshaws.
Shantel has cortical vision impairment, autism, epilepsy, sensory disorder and severe learning difficulties. Shantel enjoys playing in the soft play area and in the ball pool with the other toddlers. She also enjoys the arts, music & messy play sessions which is good therapy for her sensory disorder.
I myself have appreciated the support, help and information given to me by staff concerning activity sessions in the community and services which we now use. Also talking to the staff about my recent problems concerning Shantel’s schooling and statement has been helpful and they have been supportive throughout”.