Walthew House Services
Walthew House aims to provide equality of voluntary services for all people with a sensory loss in Stockport. Our groups, activities, and services cater specifically for the needs of each person that comes to us with a sight or hearing loss.
Our information help desk is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. Information is available on local and national services for people who are blind, visually impaired, Deaf or hard of hearing, or who have dual sensory loss. Support is available with filling in forms, making telephone calls, and retrieving information etc. Staff with good signing skills are available mainly on Mondays and Tuesdays. All paid staff are trained in basic signing skills. Braille and audio transcription services are also available.
Equipment Resource Centre
Our not for profit Resource Centre is open from 10am to 2.30pm on weekdays, staffed by trained volunteers who can demonstrate a range of equipment and provide information. The centre stocks a wide rang of equipment for people with a sensory loss, including professional magnifiers, landline phones, smartphones, talking watches, loop systems, day lamps etc. You will need to book an appointment by calling 0161 480 2612. Appointments outside of normal opening hours can be made by special arrangement.
To find out more about our Resource Centre please watch this video:
Classes and Activities
Throughout the week a range of classes and activities take place at Walthew House. These include:
Monday: Art and Craft Class, Chair based exercise class, Games Class, Handbells, Computer Club
Tuesday: Braille lessons, Luncheon Club, Steel Band
Wednesday: Hard of Hearing group (fortnightly), Macular Disease Society (last Wednesday of each month)
Thursday: Talking Heads social group, Deaf Club social group
Friday: Stockport Deaf Sports and Social Group from 7.30pm
Other: Tandem cycling for people with a visual impairment
Service user Lynn enjoying the chair-based exercise class
Members enjoying our chair-based exercise classes
A professional counselling service is available to people with sight loss
One to one support
A comprehensive, tailor made support service is available free of charge for anyone experiencing practical or other difficulties because of their sensory loss.
Our Youth Club for 5-14 year olds is fully accessible, catering for children with both a sight or hearing loss as all activities are conducted in voice and sign language. The club runs from 6 - 7.30pm every Friday during term-time, and day trips take place throughout the year. Each year, the Youth Club members will have the opportunty to go on an adventure weekend, where facilities are made fully accessible. Additional sessions for young people are organised by the Education Service for the Sensory Impaired (ESSI)
Drop in clinic for hearing aid users
Takes place on the first Tuesday of each month from 10am to 12 noon. Run by a audiologist who will be able to support people with all hearing aid enquiries. We also supply replacement hearing aid batteries in our resource centre.
Printed 3 times a year, containing all the latest Walthew House news, latest fundraising developments, plus any news relating to sensory loss across Stockport. The newsletter is available in large print, Braille, and CD formats. An edited version of the newsletter is available in British Sign Language on DVD. You can find the latest newsletter HERE .
Stockport Talking Newspaper Association (Charity No 507108)
Their recording studio can be made available for use by other organisations.
British Wireless for the Blind Fund
Walthew House is an agent for the British Wireless for the Blind Fund, which aims to supply radio and audio sets to all registered blind and partially sighted people who are in need. For further information about buying or receiving a set on free permanent loan please contact Walthew House