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Hello Newsletter

Greater Manchester

Autumn 2016
We are a charity that helps people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to achieve their ambitions and go beyond expectations.

Henshaws, Atherton House, Talbot Road, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0GS, Tel: 0161 872 1234

Welcome to the Autumn edition of Henshaws ‘Hello’ Newsletter

It’s been a busy summer here at Henshaws and we have welcomed lots of new staff members to the Community Services Team since the last edition.

Our Big Lottery funded ‘Pathway to Wellbeing’ project has got off to a great start in Manchester, Trafford and Salford so please pop along to say hello to our Community Enablement Officers in your area - they would love to meet you, be it for a spot of gentle exercise or just a cup of tea and a chat.

On the 16th June, we held our Henshaws Awards, a truly inspiring afternoon at The Lowry celebrating the fantastic achievements of our service users, volunteers, staff and supporters. The event was so successful that we will be running it again next year, so watch this space for further information on how to nominate.

Our thoughts have already turned to Christmas and we hope many of you will be able to join us again at our annual Carols by Candlelight Concert at Manchester Cathedral on the 14th December - it is always a magical evening.

From jumping out of an aeroplane to helping run one of our Friendship Matters Groups, there are lots of ways to get involved with Henshaws and help make an impact on people’s lives, so we hope you feel inspired.

Happy reading!

Robert Cooper, Director of Services,

North West and North East


Page 3 Community Services Staff News
Page 6 Pathway to Wellbeing – Community Hubs
Page 9 News from Oldham
Page 11 Henshaws Awards
Page 12 Friendship Matters Groups
Page 15 Children & Families
Page 16 User Voice Group
Page 17 Fundraising News
Page 18 Volunteering News
Page 20 Cultural News

Community Services Staff News

So long …

This month we said a fond farewell to two long standing members of the Community Services team.

Pauline McSalley, Patient Support Officer at Manchester Eye Hospital, is leaving us after an amazing 6 years and Lisa Young, Community Rehabilitation and Enablement Team Leader, is leaving after 5 fantastic years to join friends and family over in Australia.

Pauline and Lisa have each made a huge impact supporting hundreds of people during their time at Henshaws and will be hugely missed; we wish them both all the best for the future.

and now for the good news …

We are delighted to welcome three new members to our First Step team at Atherton House. The First Steps team is your first point of contact at Henshaws and provides a gateway to our services and support.

Deb Ryan is our new First Steps Team Leader and says, “I’m really excited about joining Henshaws and helping you and your family get access to the support you need. Most recently I worked for the RNIB’s Library Service so, if you used talking books or if you are a braille or giant print reader, we may have already spoken or even met - I’d love to hear from you if we have.”

Gemma Fairclough joins us as the new Information, Advice and Guidance Advisor working alongside Jan Sumner, helping people begin to overcome the challenges sight loss brings. “I’m focusing on supporting people in Oldham, as well as children and families, which should keep me busy!” says Gemma, who works on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Jan will continue to support people in Manchester, Salford and Trafford, working on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

We also welcome Chloe Livesey as the new First Step Level 2 Apprentice. Chloe will be based on reception taking calls and welcoming visitors, so you are sure to meet her soon.
Two new members of staff have also joined us as part of ‘The Pathway to Wellbeing’ project:

Fran Hatfield is the new Enablement Officer for Manchester who will be based in Harpurhey and Wythenshawe. Fran tells us, “I will be running gentle exercise classes, coffee meet-ups, the Living with Sight Loss courses and a weekly drop-in service in both areas so, if you live locally, please pop in and say hello.”

Sian McGarrigle is our new Community Counsellor working across four community outreach centres in Manchester, Trafford and Salford. Sian says “I provide early intervention emotional support to people who are experiencing difficulties due to their sight loss and offer a non-judgemental, confidential environment for people to explore their problems and learn new ways of coping.”

to our two Apprentices, Charley Keyes & Callum Cullinane, who have both successfully completed their Level 2 apprenticeship. We are delighted that they will be staying on with us for another year; Charley to work with the Friendship Matters Groups, and Callum to work in Governance.

Charley says, “Being an apprentice, you never know what to expect, but it is so enjoyable and no two days are ever the same. We meet new people every day and hear about different experiences from people who are visually impaired.

We have learnt so much in the past year; before we started at Henshaws, we didn’t know that many of the eye conditions even existed, but we now have a much better understanding of what they are and how people’s lives are affected by them.

Callum and I really enjoy working for Henshaws and all of the service users are so friendly and chatty. Here’s to another challenging, but enjoyable 12 months.”

It will certainly be an exciting month for Callum as he has agreed to jump out of an aeroplane in October to raise money for Henshaws!

Pathway to Wellbeing’ - Community Hubs

Our ‘Pathway to Wellbeing’ project is up and running in local community centres in Manchester, Salford and Trafford and we’ve already had some great feedback:

I look forward to the Coffee Mornings every month. I’ve made some new friends and it’s an opportunity to meet up and have a chat. Since I’ve started going, I’ve discovered there are lots of things that I can still do that I thought I wouldn’t be able to.”

In addition to the monthly Coffee meet-ups and weekly gentle exercise classes, we will be running regular Living with Sight Loss courses, a free, six-week course which provides information, guidance and advice to help you develop skills to live more independently. The course includes cooking tips and iPad taster sessions and advice on issues such as Welfare Rights and Transport.

Here are the timetables for each area (please note there have been some changes since the last edition of ‘Hello’):
Salford (based at Pendleton Gateway)

1 Broadwalk, Pendleton, Salford M6 5FX

Enablement Officer: Elaine Longley


Information, Advice and Guidance - one-to-one sessions (mornings)

Weekly exercise classes, 1.30pm–3pm


Living with Sight Loss, run in 6-week blocks (afternoons), check for when the courses run

Coffee meet-ups – 1st Tuesday of each month


Counselling appointments by referral

Information, Advice and Guidance - one-to-one sessions (afternoons)

North Manchester (based in Harpurhey)

North City Family & Fitness Centre

Upper Conran Street, Manchester M9 4DA

Enablement Officer: Fran Hatfield


Information, Advice and Guidance - one-to-one sessions (mornings)

Weekly exercise classes, 1.30–3pm
Counselling appointments by referral


Living with Sight Loss, 10am-12.30pm

The next course will start on 8th November for 6 weeks
Coffee meet-ups – last Tuesday of each month, 1.30-3.30pm

South Manchester (based in Wythenshawe)

Wythenshawe Forum, Forum Square, Manchester M22 5RX

Enablement Officer: Fran Hatfield


Coffee meet-ups – 2nd Thursday of each month,

Living with Sight Loss, run in 6-week blocks (afternoons), check for when the courses run
Counselling appointments by referral


Information, Advice and Guidance - one-to-one sessions

Weekly exercise classes, 1.30-3pm

Trafford (based at Atherton House)

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

Enablement Officer: Gail Brett


Living with Sight Loss, 10am-12.30pm

The next course will start on 5th October for 6 weeks
Information, Advice and Guidance - one-to-one sessions (afternoon)


Coffee meet-ups – last Thursday of each month, 10.30am–12pm

Weekly exercise classes, 1.30-3pm – starting soon


Counselling appointments by referral

Information, Advice and Guidance - one-to-one sessions (afternoon)

To find out more and to express an interest in any of these activities, call our First Step Team on 0161 872 1234.
Patient Support Services

Altrincham Hospital: Our Enablement Officer, Gail Brett (and her guide dog Wanda) is at the eye clinic at Altrincham Hospital on Mondays and Tuesdays to offer emotional or practical support during or after your hospital appointment.

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital: Our Patient Support service continues at Manchester Eye Hospital. Please feel free to drop into the Patient Support Office on the ground floor at the hospital, to have a chat with Zoe White and meet her new guide dog Zia.

Both hospitals also have a team of friendly volunteers manning our demonstration desk, so please drop by for a chat.

News from Oldham
We were very pleased to meet so many people at our Oldham Networking Day on the 15th June, and Enablement Officer Kate Nattrass is busy looking at new services in response to all your feedback. Here are just two of the new things in the pipeline:
Oldham Tech Talk Group

We would like to introduce TechTalk into Oldham at a venue to be confirmed.

So what is TechTalk? The world is changing pretty fast with the use of computers, smartphones, tablets and devices increasing and developers busily looking at tools that would genuinely support the masses, including those living with disabilities. We believe it imperative to keep up to date and introduce any changes to the communities we serve.

The Tech Talk group would meet once a month, some physically and some virtually (via Skype/FaceTime), and some just receiving minutes of the meeting and exchanging emails once in a while. The group members would be made up of 'geeks', 'novices' and 'not got a clues', which is a perfect combination to ensure a good measure of peer-to-peer support and learning.

The session would be in two parts:

Part One - The Group Leader would discuss new technology, new applications (APPS) for your smartphone, tablet or PC/Mac, and may even cover emerging technology. Manufacturers and developers may be invited to show you or talk to you about their new hardware/software.

Part Two - Would be about you talking to your peers about the hardware, software and applications you use that help you live with sight loss. The hope is that you can support one another by sharing your knowledge and experience.

The first meeting will be about who’s in the room, and from there we can suss out the level of intervention for future meetings.

What would it cost? The group is free of charge but we do ask for a contribution of £2 to help support it.

If this is something you are interested in, please let us know; if there is enough interest we can make it happen very quickly. Email Mark Belcher at mark.belcher@henshaws.org.uk.
New Oldham based Children & Young Peoples Service

Henshaws would like to announce that, thanks to generous funding from The Stoller Charitable Trust and a legacy left to Sight Support Oldham, we are able to implement a new service for visually impaired children and young people across Oldham. Since our merger with Sight Support Oldham last year, we have been able to provide an Enablement Officer to support adults living with sight loss in Oldham. The funding we have now secured will enable us to extend this offer to children, young people and their families, ensuring our support for people of all ages living in Oldham. We will be working in close partnership with the Oldham Sensory Education Team, where the new Children and Young Peoples Enablement Officer will be based.

The role will be two fold: firstly, we will have Family Support providing children and their families with information, advice and guidance, social activities and independence skills sessions; secondly, there will be Eye Health and Prevention Support working with local primary, secondary, special schools and communities to raise awareness of sight loss, focusing on the need to educate and encourage children and young people to take care of their eyesight. This is a unique, exciting development and we very much look forward to being able to provide children and their families living with sight loss in Oldham, the support they need. We are currently in the process of recruiting and we hope the project will be up and running before the end of the year.

For more information or to make a referral, please contact Fiona McMullen on 0161 8721234.

Henshaws Awards

On Thursday 16th June, we held an awards event at The Lowry Theatre to celebrate the achievements of some of our fantastic service users and volunteers. The wonderful afternoon included performances from opera singer Denise Leigh, accompanied by Stefan Andrusyschyn and our very own Guitar Group, who performed some rock classics.

Many congratulations to everyone who was nominated and received a certificate.

The judges found it very hard to pick a winner in each category, but eventually decided on the following:

and the winners are ...

Friendship Matters Award – Alan Montgomery, Newcastle

Technology Award – Avril Brown, Manchester

Volunteer of the Year Award – Rob Lawley, Manchester

VI Friendly Business – Walker Activity Dome, Newcastle

Young Person of the Year – Faye Wylie, Liverpool

Gillian Lawrence Award – Abdi Ahmed, Manchester

Thanks to everyone who took the trouble to nominate a fellow group member, volunteer or local business - it is a wonderful way to say 'thank you' or recognise someone who has gone beyond expectations. We will be running the event again next year and further information on how to nominate will be in our next newsletter.

Friendship Matters Groups

It’s been a busy summer for our groups. The I Spy Group were transported to Las Vegas for an afternoon of cabaret at Ryecroft Hall, our Wednesday Social Group survived a reptile encounter, and the Henshaws Hikers took on Mam Tor in the Peak District.

Henshaws runs a range of Social and Hobby groups, so call Kay George or Charley Keyes on 0161 872 1234 for information. Below is our current timetable, but please note that days and times may be subject to change.

Our Social Groups are a chance to have a brew and a chat and enjoy a range of information sessions and activities including quizzes, games, musical entertainment, meals and trips out.

Tuesday Group meet weekly,

1.30-3.30pm at Atherton House in Old Trafford

Broadwalk Group meet on the first Tuesday of each month, 10.30am-12.30pm at Pendleton Gateway in Salford

I Spy Group meet every other Tuesday,

2-4pm at the Rainbow Rooms in Eccles, Salford

Wednesday Group meet weekly,

1.30-3.30pm at Atherton House in Old Trafford

Eye Group meet every Wednesday,

12.30-2.30pm at Wardley Community Centre in Swinton, Salford

Evening Social Group meet every other month on Thursday evenings, usually for a pub get-together for a drink and a chat.
Glaucoma Group meet on the second Monday of each month,

12.30-2.30pm at Atherton House in Old Trafford

We also run a number of Hobby Groups, providing opportunities to share common interests or develop new ones.

GuitarJamming Group meet every Monday,

10am-2pm at Atherton House in Old Trafford

A small friendly group who get together to practise and play and sometimes perform. If you’ve always wanted to learn to play but never got round to it, we also offer guitar tuition with our experienced volunteers, so please get in touch.

Film Group meet on the first Wednesday of each month,

1-3.30pm at Atherton House in Old Trafford

Watch and discuss the latest film releases on our Blu-ray cinema system; we feature a wide variety of films, all with audio description.
Yoga Group meet every Tuesday,

11.45am-1.15pm at Atherton House in Old Trafford

Let go and unwind at our weekly sessions. Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to improve balance, lower- body strength and boost physical and mental wellbeing. Learn this ancient form of exercise as part of a small, friendly group, which is suitable for beginners.

Arts & Crafts Group meet every other Friday,

1-3pm at Atherton House in Old Trafford

For anyone who would like to try a variety of arts & crafts, including painting and tactile pictures, this is a chance to be creative in a relaxed environment.

Braille Group drop-in meet every Friday,

10-2pm at Atherton House in Old Trafford

Continue to develop your knowledge and enjoyment of braille as part of a friendly group.
IT & Touch Typing drop-in meet every Friday,

10-2pm at Atherton House in Old Trafford

A friendly and supportive group for people wanting to develop their computer skills.
Tech Talk meet on the last Wednesday of each month,

10-12pm at Atherton House in Old Trafford

The world is changing fast and it can be hard to keep up with new technology, so come and join this friendly group and discover what’s out there that’s been designed to make life easier (and whether it actually works!).
Henshaws Hikers meet on the first Thursday of each month,

9.30am-4pm, at Atherton House in Old Trafford, then on to various locations

This group is a great way to stay active, explore the local landscape and meet new people - and there's usually a stop-off at a pub for refreshments and a well-earned rest! Walks are up to a distance of 7 miles.

Art Galleries & Museums Group meet on Thursday once a month at a variety of Museums & Galleries across Greater Manchester.

Group leader Mary Gifford takes an escorted group to a museum or gallery event, many of which include audio description and sometimes a touch and handling element, and are an ideal way for blind and visually impaired people to appreciate the arts. The events end with refreshments and time for a chat.

Future visits:

Thursday 13th October, 10.30am–12.30pm

Visit to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House for a tour with Dinah Winch and description by Anne Hornsby, with touch and handling.

Thursday 10th November, 10.30am–12.30pm

Tour of “The Edwardians”, a special exhibition illustrating the glamour, rural nostalgia, evocative landscape and the city of the 1900s. With curator Hannah Williamson and description by Anne Hornsby.

Thursday 8th December, 10.30am–12.30pm

Visit to The Lowry Arts Centre to the “Perpetual Movement” exhibition on contemporary art, dance and ideas, which is curated in collaboration with Rambert, Britain's national dance company, as it celebrates 90 ground-breaking years. Talk by Brian Dunk, described by Anne Hornsby.

New Local Groups

Following on from the success of our Coffee Mornings in Wythenshawe and Harpurhey, we are planning to set up new local groups led by volunteers. If you would be interested in helping to set up a group in your area, we’d love to hear from you, so call Kay George on 0161 872 1234.

Groups Elsewhere

Trafford Blind & Deaf Club is a social club offering a range of activities including speakers, games, music and trips out for people who are blind, partially sighted, deaf or hearing impaired. The club meets at the Hub in Pownall Rd, Altrincham, WA14 2SZ, every Thursday from 8-10pm and transport can be arranged through Ring & Ride. New members are most welcome, so call Helen Brazier on 0161 929 4372 for details.

Children & Families News

Our Children & Families team have had a busy summer holding lots of different events, including the annual weekend break at The Adventure Farm in Altrincham where children collected fresh eggs, started their own band and fed alpacas. There was also a trip to The Lowry to see an audio-described performance of the Gruffalo’s Child, and our very own Family Olympics!

CBeebies Radio Script Consultant

We recently did some work with CBeebies Radio about what it’s like to go to the theatre with a visual impairment. Two of our youngsters acted as reporters for the day during our trip to The Lowry Theatre to see The Gruffalo’s Child and, as a result, we have been approached about a new radio show being produced, which features a young visually impaired girl who runs her own detective agency with her dog - it sounds very exciting! CBeebies Radio would like to know if we have any services users who may be interested in being a consultant for them, to advise on the visual impairment elements of the story, helping to ensure that the story is accurate and authentic. This would be a great opportunity for anyone interested in radio or media so, if you are interested, please get in touch with Fiona McMullen on 0161 872 1234 or email fiona.mcmullen@henshaws.org.uk.

Expression of Interest: Theatre Project

We are looking for budding actors and actresses of all ages (adults and children) across both Greater Manchester and Merseyside to take part in a potential Theatre Project which would hopefully result in an actual performance in a theatre. If you are interested in acting, singing, dancing or supporting behind the scenes, get in touch. We will be working with professional theatre company ‘Tread Theatre’ run by an ex- “Hollyoaks” actress and with lots of actors and actresses from TV to help support it.

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a performer and would like to get involved, contact Fiona McMullen, 0161 872 1234, email fiona.mcmullen@henshaws.org.uk.
User Voice Group

The User Voice Group is made up of service users and volunteers and provides those who use Henshaws Community Services with an opportunity to discuss issues affecting them. Merseyside, Manchester and the North East each have a group which meets around four times a year for discussions that include honest feedback on Henshaws and the services it provides, open discussions about the needs of visually impaired people, and an opportunity to voice opinions on prospective decisions before they are finalised.

The User Voice Groups need people to represent more fully the diversity of service users, especially in terms of age and ethnicity. If you want to know more, contact Kay George on 0161 872 1234 or email kay.george@henshaws.org.uk.
Fundraising News
It’s already beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Christmas raffle

This year, we’re giving you the chance to win up to £1,500 in our Christmas raffle and support those with disabilities in your local area. Tickets cost only £1 and, with the draw taking place on Wednesday 21st December, it's a great opportunity to make your Christmas extra special and make a difference to those we support.

If you’d like to make sure you get your tickets, or to get some extra ones to sell to your friends and family, please get in touch with the Fundraising Team on 0161 786 3656.
Carols by Candlelight Concert

Manchester Cathedral, Wednesday 14th December, 7.30pm

After last year’s sell-out performance, don’t delay in getting your tickets for our annual Carols by Candlelight concert at Manchester Cathedral. Denise Leigh will be joining us again, and the Salvation Army Brass Band will also help to get us in the festive mood.

Ticket prices: £10 for adults in advance, £12 on the door;

£6 for concessions* (including those with visual impairments, disabilities, students & OAPs) in advance, £8 on the door.

*Sighted guides/carers go free.

Special Offer: 3 tickets for the price of 2 if you want to bring friends to the carol concert, but there are a limited number of tickets available for this deal so get in touch early to make sure you don’t miss out!

If you have any questions or would like to be organised and book your tickets in advance, please call Holly Kalra in our fundraising team on 0161 786 3656 or e-mail fundraising@henshaws.org.uk.

Christmas cards

Once again, Christmas cards will be available from your local Henshaws centre so you can send them to your family and friends and support Henshaws at the same time. There are five new designs this year, including A Christmas Present designed by one of our Art Makers from Harrogate. The cards will be available from the beginning of October at your local centre or by calling our fundraising team on 0161 786 3656.

Used Stamp Appeal

It won’t cost you a penny to donate your used stamps to Henshaws, where they will be turned into much needed funds to support people affected by sight loss and other disabilities.

Just cut the stamps off the used envelope and drop them in at one of our centres.
Volunteering News
Farewell to Tony Aimson

We said a sad farewell to one of our longest serving drivers, Tony Aimson, who is finally hanging up his hat after over 20 years of service to Henshaws.

We would like to thank Tony for all his hard work and dedication over the years and wish him a will earned rest - Henshaws will really miss him.

We are always looking for Volunteer Drivers to support our groups so, if you are a car owner who can spare a few hours each week, please call Kay George on 0161 872 1234 for a chat about what’s involved.

Skydiving Stars

A big thank you to our five brave adventurers who jumped out of a plane, all in the name of Henshaws, at the Black Knights Parachute Centre in Lancashire over the summer.

The sun came out bright and early on Sunday morning for our brave jumpers. Kate and Kerry, who work at our Yew Tree Lane residential service in Manchester were the first to take the plunge, followed by our volunteer Roy Carter from Manchester, and Maria Phillips who attends our Broadwalk, Braille and Yoga groups. Maria found the free-fall terrifying, although luckily the parachute part made up for it! Danny, a member of our Henshaws Hikers, was the last to jump, and shares his story on why he was inspired to take up the challenge:

Over the years, I spent a lot of time in denial regarding my sight loss and just wanted a normal life of driving and watching football. I'd lost a lot of confidence and was at a low point when I came across Henshaws, and can honestly say they've changed my life, helping me regain my confidence and, through them, finding friends that share similar sight loss journeys. I thought that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give something back.”

Congratulations to Kate, Kerry, Roy, Maria and Danny and good luck to our apprentice Callum who will be taking up the challenge on the 9th October!

If you want to get in on the action, call Rachael Pratt on 0161 786 3656 or email rachael.pratt@henshaws.org.uk for more info.

Volunteer with Henshaws and change people’s lives

If you want to make a difference to someone’s quality of life, volunteer at Henshaws where you can help to increase the independence of our visually impaired clients.

Don’t worry if you have no experience of working with people who have a visual impairment, as all our volunteers receive Visual Impairment Awareness Training and work closely with experienced volunteers and members of staff.

We are currently looking for people to fill the following roles:

Social Group Leaders & Supporters, Group Treasurers and Drivers & Guides for groups who meet across Trafford, Manchester, Salford and Oldham.

We are also looking for a Group Leader for our new Tech Talk Group in Oldham. The role involves researching new technology and facilitating group meetings. To chat about what’s involved, call Mark Belcher on 0161 872 1234.

For further information about all the volunteering opportunities at Henshaws, visit our website at www.henshaws.org.uk or call Laura Henry on 01423 814 384.

Cultural News

Making Conversation” is 10 years old

Many of you already enjoy these monthly workshops at Manchester Art Gallery which encourage you to explore, talk about and make art in a relaxed environment.

The workshops, led by artist Naomi Kendrick and supported by audio description, are open to everyone and take place every third Thursday in the month, from 1-4pm.
Future dates:

20th October - Featuring the exhibition The Edwardians,

Lowry and Valette and thinking about Manchester.

17th November - Theme to be decided.

Materials and refreshments are provided, and Manchester Art Gallery may be able to help with travel costs/arrangements. If you would like to attend, you will need to book a place before the session.

Call Meg Parnell at the Gallery on 0161 235 8855 or email: m.parnell@manchester.gov.uk for further information.

Audio Described Events

The following list has been compiled from information provided by Anne Hornsby of Minds Eye Professional Description Service, The Lowry and Vocaleyes.

Most theatre performances include a touch-tour about an hour before the performance, so call the Box Office or Mind’s Eye for details. You can check ticket prices, including concessions, and book seats and headsets in advance through the Box Office. NB: most theatres offer special prices to blind and visually impaired people, so please enquire; the telephone numbers are at the end of the listings.


1 14:30 A Streetcar Named Desire Royal Exchange

8 14:00 The Emperor HOME

13 19:30 Sister Act Liverpool Empire

20 19:30 Jumpers for Goal Posts Oldham Coliseum

22 14:00 The Institute HOME

25 19:30 Two Gentleman of Verona Liverpool Everyman

26 19:30 Ghost The Musical Palace

27 9:30 The Winter’s Tale Bolton Octagon

28 19:30 The Rivals Liverpool Playhouse


3 19:30 Little Shop of Horrors Palace

5 19:30 Things I Know to be True Liverpool Playhouse

8 19:30 The Woman in Black Liverpool Playhouse

9 18.30 Der Rosenkavalier (Opera North) The Lowry

11 20.00 Things I Know to be True The Lowry

12 14:30 Breaking the Code Royal Exchange


2 19:00 Cinderella Bolton Octagon

3 14:00 Ghosts HOME

3 14.00 The Red Shoes (Matthew


13 19:30 Sleeping Beauty Oldham Coliseum

18 11.00 RAMBERT Exhibition The Lowry

18 14:00 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Lowry

20 14:00 Snow White Liverpool Empire

22 13.30 The Star Liverpool Playhouse

January 2017

7 14:30 Sweet Charity Royal Exchange

12 13.30 Beauty and the Beast Liverpool Everyman

12 19:00 Beauty and the Beast Liverpool Everyman

16 19:30 Billy Elliot Palace

26 19:30 Educating Rita Bolton Octagon

Useful telephone numbers:

Mind's Eye 1204 522481 or 07889 232438

Bolton Octagon Theatre 01204 520661

HOME 0161 200 1500

Liverpool Empire Theatre 0844 871 7677

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse 0151 709 4776

Oldham Coliseum Theatre 0161 624 1731

Palace Theatre & Opera House, Manchester 0161 245 6605

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 0845 450 4808

The Lowry 0843 208 6000

VocalEyes 0207 375 1043

Please help us to spread the word

Once you have read or listened to our newsletter, please pass it on to a friend or family member, or you could enquire at your local community centre, doctor’s surgery, church or library to see if you could leave it there for others to read or listen to. We also have leaflets and posters, explaining who we are and what we do – maybe you could ask about leaving some of these as well as the newsletter; you can get a supply by calling us on 0161 872 1234.

Remember, the more people know about us and support us, the more support we can offer visually impaired people, so please do all you can to help us get the word out.


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