Friday, 3 October 2014

Henshaws Vision
Newsletter: Issue 8

The newest issue of the Henshaws Vision newsletter was released this week, and I feature in it quite a few times! The newsletter comprises of the latest news, information and events across all of the Henshaws services as well as stories from the service users themselves.

You Said It...

One of my tweets is featured in the 'You said it…' section of the newsletter, promoting a special project that I filmed with Henshaws and Reason Digital to promote the Bright for sight campaign through a No Mirror Makeup Challenge! You can read more about the challenge below!

The #nomirrormakeup Challenge!

Are you bored of the #nomakeupselfie and #icebucketchallenge? Do you want to help raise awareness and funds for people affected by blindness or other disabilities? Then take part in the #nomirrormakeup challenge! To raise awareness of what people with a visual impairment face every day, we ask you to do your make-up without looking in a mirror and film yourself taking part or take a selfie at the end to show everyone the results!

Watch the film on our website to find out more about the #nomirrormakeup Challenge and don't forget to donate!

Artists Create Artwork to Celebrate 150th Year of John Lewis

Henshaws 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 or the retail outlet.

Artwork was produced by individual service users and groups at Henshaws who all have a visual impairment or 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 Centre 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. The Arts 5 Crafts group in Manchester also 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."

Sausage Run

On Saturday July 12th over 25 motorbike riders, including two Henshaws service users, took part in the Sausage Run to raise awareness and funds for Henshaws.

The fundraising event, which is in its second year, involves motorbike and scooter riders travelling together the 80 miles from Henshaws Manchester Resource Centre in Old Trafford, to Henshaws arts & Crafts centre in Karesborough on the trail of the renowned Henshaws Sausage!

This year more than £1000 was raised to support people affected by blindness and other disabilities.

And finally, I am also featured on the back of the newsletter to promote the Manchester Resource Centre which I am incredibly proud of! The centre in Old Trafford, Manchester has made such a huge impact and difference to my life over the past 14 months, with the Pathway to Independence; through Daily Living Skills, Friendship Matters groups such as Braille, Mindful Relaxation and Arts & Crafts and Independence Matters groups like Skillstep - that it's a huge privilege to be featured alongside it!

You can find out more about the Vision newsletter, including information regarding the current issue, by clicking here. You can view the past issues of the newsletter by clicking here for both PDF and large print versions.