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Walthew House is an independent charity in Stockport that provides practical and emotional support to people who are Blind, Visually Impaired, Deaf, Hard of Hearing or who have Dual Sensory Loss. The charity was created in 1882 and is named after its founder John Walthew, a former Mayor of Stockport.

On 7th July 2009, Walthew House merged with the Stockport Centre for the Deaf to become one charity

(Registered Charity Number 1167749. Registered Company Number 09306241)




This month, we will again be holding our biennial See Hear exhibition, bringing together more than 40 organisations and groups who can be of benefit to those with a sight or hearing loss. The event is free to attend and there will be refreshments available on the day, including bacon and sausage butties. 

There is a full list of exibitors below:



  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • Age UK Stockport
  • Aspire Consultancy
  • Associated Optical
  • Bardet-Biedle Syndrome UK (BBS)
  • Blind Veterans UK
  • British Wireless for the Blind
  • Cheshire Hearing
  • Cobolt Systems Ltd
  • Disability Stockport Centre for Independent Living
  • Optilec Limited and Enhanced Vision
  • Google Digital Garage
  • Genie Networks
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Healthwatch Stockport
  • Hearing Products International Ltd. Stockport
  • Humanware
  • Jarik Staffs
  • Macclesfield Eye Society
  • Macular Society
  • Manchester Deaf Studies
  • National Federation for the Blind
  • Shopmobility Stockport
  • RNIB
  • St Matthew’s Church
  • Sensory Loss Team SMBC
  • Sightline Vision Northwest
  • Signpost for Carers
  • Stepping Hill Hospital - Low Vision Service
  • Stockport Car Scheme
  • Stockport Radio Society
  • Stockport Talking Newspaper Association
  • Synapptic
  • The Prevention Alliance
  • Walthew House Counselling Service
  • Walthew House Equipment Resource Centre




If you would like to find out about our upcoming events, please use the options at the top of this website to visit the Support Us page.

Photograph showing the exterior of the Walthew House building


Equipment Demonstration

On Wednesday 19th September, Humanware will be visiting Walthew House to demonstrate their Victor Reader Trek device. This is used to help people with sight loss navigate their way between places, the demonstration will also include the group testing the device in the area around Walthew. If you are interested in joining this session then please contact the Walthew office on 0161 480 2612.


The video below was created by young people from The Challenge network, which forms part of the National Citizen Service. It provides some information about the work of Walthew House and what you can expect to find at the charity.



Opening Hours

Walthew House is open on weekdays between 9am and 4pm. The resource centre closes at 2:30pm on weekdays and appointments can be made by contacting 0161 480 2612 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


How to find Walthew House


Travelling by car from the A6:
Turn into Greek Street, at the junction by Stockport Town Hall.
At the roundabout take the first exit. Continue along Shaw Heath. At the third set of traffic lights take the right hand lane. Walthew House is on the right after the lights junction, just after Harry Bates plumbers. There is a side road, Holmes Street, and there is a car park at the rear of Walthew House.


Travelling by car from the M60:
Exit at junction 1. (The Pyramid)
Take the second exit at the roundabout. Follow down towards the viaduct and at the roundabout take the third exit onto King Street West. Proceed up the hill.
Go straight on at the roundabout onto Shaw Heath. Go straight on at the junction and Walthew House is on the right, next door to ‘Harry Bates’ plumbers.

Limited parking is available at the rear of Walthew House, subject to availability.

There is local roadside parking, with some residential parking restrictions in force.


Travelling by bus:

Bus services 309, 313 and 374 stop directly outside Walthew House.

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Donate to Walthew House

Walthew House's services and activities are dependent on donations from local people and organisations. Donations can be made by credit or debit cards; cheques should be made payable to Walthew House.

You can also make a donation securely online using our BT MyDonate page. If you are a tax payer, please don't forget to gift aid your donation.