Thousands of people with visual impairments in Northern England will benefit from a £60,000 grant to Henshaws. Henshaws works across the North of England to support people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities. Their goal is to help people build skills, develop confidence and look forward to a positive future.
The charity’s First Step programme provides a life-changing advice service for visually impaired people and their families. This grant will allow Henshaws expand the First Step programme with additional staffing, training and a new telephone system. This increased capacity will help to grow the number of people supported in the region to over 10,000 within three years.
Receiving a sight loss diagnosis can be a very traumatic and distressing time
It is common for people to experience anxiety, depression and other health issues, yet many people do not ask for help. They suffer in silence; particularly the most vulnerable, isolated and elderly clients. This grant will help Henshaws extend their reach to those who are most isolated and in desperate need of support.
Deborah Ryan, First Step team leader at Henshaws said:
We’re very grateful to East Lancashire Freemasons for their generous grant. We have ambitious plans to support over 10,000 blind and partially sighted people over the next three years. This money is going to make a real difference to thousands of people in need.
East Lancashire Freemason, Sir David Trippier, visited the charity to find out more about their work:
“We’re very pleased to be able to help Henshaws with their hugely important work among blind and partially sighted people right across the region. They are reaching out to thousands who have not been getting the help and support they need, and the grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation will allow Henshaws to reach up to another ten thousand people”