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Local charity Walthew House on its support for people in Stockport

Daniel Oliver

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Fundraiser at Walthew House

Walthew House is a local independent charity in Stockport that supports people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. Founded in 1882, we are one of Stockport’s oldest charities and we work to tackle issues like social isolation that people with a sensory loss may encounter.

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We provide a variety of weekly services to over 250 local people, relying on volunteers to deliver most of these. From a chair-based exercise class for the elderly to social activities for deaf people, from counselling services to a youth group for children and teens who cannot participate in mainstream youth groups, we ensure that all of our services are inclusive for people with a sensory loss. We use British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters and sighted guides to maximise accessibility.

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We also run a not-for-profit Resource Centre which is open Monday to Friday and is staffed by trained volunteers. The Centre stocks an array of assistive equipment such as magnifiers and telephones and is the only Centre of its kind in Greater Manchester. Local residents are able to come and ‘try before they buy’ to ensure that the equipment suits their needs.

Here at Walthew House we are keen to provide opportunities that would otherwise be inaccessible for people with a sensory loss. Recently we supported Cheadle Rifle Club when they delivered a session of acoustic shooting for blind and visually impaired people. We also have our own tandem cycling group which allows people with a sensory loss to get involved with cycling, we are delighted to have two British Paralympians involved with this group.

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We’re encouraging all small charities to get involved on #LocalCharitiesDay and help spread the word about the amazing work of local charities across the country.

Find out more about Walthew House on our website.

Get involved in #LocalCharitiesDay before 16 December

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