Walthew House Services
Walthew House aims to provide inclusive and accessible support services for people in Stockport who are living with a sensory loss.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, services provided at Walthew House have ceased. However, we have adapted exisitng services and created new ones to reduce isolation for people in Stockport with a sight or hearing loss.
At the bottom of this page is a list of our usual services. We are currently operating the below:
- Regular social calls with over 60 service users
- Delivering essentials (shopping, prescriptions, hearing aid batteries etc.)
- Delivering 'Keep Busy' care packages and treats from us to service users. Packages can include Braille and tactile board games; large-print wordsearches, crosswords, word-fit and su doku; jigsaws; colouring sheets; books; chocolates; fruit; and everything inbetween!
- Liasing with Stockport Library to deliver talking books
- A weekly bulletin in accessible formats with a range of national and local information of interest
- Creating a weekly audio quiz for Stockport Talking Newspaper
- Tech 1-2-1 - remote support with technology
- Telephone emotional support from specialist counsellors
- Walk My Way - one to one, socially distant guided walks with long cane users who would otherwise not be able to get out and exercise
- Pilates - accessible pilates class distributed on our webiste, social media and Stockport Talking Newspaper
- Chair-based exercise - to replace our well-loved usual Monday class. Sessions are in partnership with Life Leisure and are posted on our website (below), social media, on Stockport Talking Newspaper and sent out to people directly
- Continuing to offer services in our resource centre and on our help desk
... and more in the pipeline. If you have any suggestions for services that we could offer please do let us know
Chair-based exercise sessions
(Described by the instructor and subtitled)
Classes and Activities
Each week a range of classes and activities take place at Walthew House. Details of these are provided below.
10:00am - 1:30pm Art and Craft Club
1:15pm - 1:45pm Chair-based Exercise Class
2:30pm - 3:30pm Handbell Ringing
10:00am - 1:30pm Luncheon Club (with entertainment)
12:00pm - 2:00pm Steel Band
Ten Pin Bowling (contact Walthew House for more information)
1:00pm - 3:00pm Hard of Hearing Group (fortnightly)
10:00am - 1:00pm Talking Heads Social Group
10:00am - 2:00pm Day Centre for Deaf People
1:00pm - 4:00pm Assistive Technology User Group (2nd Thursday of the month)
6:00pm - 7:30pm Youth Club (term time only, more details below)
7:30pm - 11:00pm Deaf Sports and Social Group
Our information help desk is staffed by volunteers and is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. Information is available on local and national services for people who are Blind, Visually Impaired, Deaf, Hard of Hearing or who have Dual Sensory Loss. Support is available with filling in forms, making telephone calls, and retrieving information.
Whilst all staff are trained with basic British Sign Language skills, full BSL support is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Braille and audio transcription services are also available.
Equipment Resource Centre
To find out more about our Resource Centre please watch this video:
A professional counselling service is available for people living with a sight loss, this is a free service appointments are arranged to suit you. Our two specialist sight loss counsellors are now also offering telephone counselling, as well as the option of couples counselling.
We can provide a comprehensive, tailor-made support service for those experiencing practical or emotional difficulties as a result of a sensory loss. This service is provided free of charge and on a bespoke basis.
On Friday evenings there is a Youth Club held at Walthew House, organised by a professional Youth Worker. The group is for young people aged between 5 and 14 and is aimed at those with a sensory loss and their siblings. All activities at the group are fully accessible and take in to account the needs of each child. As well as meeting each Friday during term time, 6pm to 7:30pm, the group go on day trips to locations and attractions including Rhyl and Knowsley Safari Park. In September group members have the opportunity to go a residential adventure weekend.
Tandem Cyling Group
Volunteers at Walthew House run a tandem cycling group for people with a visual impairment. The group participate in competitive and leisure rides on a regular basis and full training is provided. If you are interested in getting involved with the group then please contact Walthew House on 0161 480 2612.
Hearing Aid Drop-in Clinic
Walthew House hosts a monthly drop-in clinic for hearing aid users, this is a free service and takes place on the first Tuesday of each month, 10am to 12pm. The clinic is held by a senior NHS audiologist from Stepping Hill Hospital, who is able to provide specialist support with hearing aid enquiries. Walthew House are also able to supply replacement hearing aid batteries on a permanent basis.
Making More Happen
Please click this link to be taken to our Making More Happen page where you can find out what is currently on and what we have coming up Making More Happen
Technology User Group
Every second Thursday of the month we will be holding our Technology User Group (TUG). Sighted and signing volunteers will provide bespoke support for people who are blind, visually impaired, hard of hearing or Deaf, to help them make the most of assistive technology. There will also be demonstrations from some product providers
Walthew House distributes a regular newsletter, these contain the latest information on fundraising and news relating to sensory loss services in Stockport. Each newsletter is available in large print, Braille and CD formats, an edited version is also available in British Sign Language as a DVD format. You can find the latest newsletter here.
Stockport Talking Newspaper Association (Charity No 507108)
Stockport Macular Society Support Group
The Stockport branch of the Macular Society meet at Walthew House on the last Wednesday of each month, 1pm to 3pm. The meetings are well attended and a variety of activities and entertainments are organised.
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