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Manchester Sensory Support Service

The Manchester Sensory Support Service (MSSS) is commissioned by Manchester City Council to support children and young people in

Manchester, who have a hearing or vision need.  We work with the children and their families, from birth to leaving school. We work with Nurseries and state-funded schools to provide training and advice and develop good practice for children and young people with a hearing or vision need.  We work to improve the child’s

  • Educational achievement
  • Communication skills
  • Independence skills
  • Social and emotional wellbeing and confidence


The Manchester Sensory Support Service has now published its Local Offer to let parents and young people know what to expect if they use the service. Click here and hover your mouse over MSSS to view the offer

Where to Go

Name of venue
Manchester Sensory Support Service
Venue address
c/o Lancasterian School
Elizabeth Slinger Road
West Didsbury
M20 2XA
Additional Notes

The MSSS is based in Lancasterian School in West Didsbury 

When is it On?

Date & Time Information
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4pm (Term Time Only)
Time of day

Other Details

Associated Cost
Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

Hearing Needs referral

MSSS receives alerts from the community audiologist clinics across Manchester. These then trigger an automatic referral to the service. If you, or anyone working with your child has a concern regarding your child’s hearing, please contact your GP in the first instance.

Vision Needs referral

If you have a concern about your child’s vision, please arrange for them to visit an optician before requesting a referral form from the Service (details below).

We also receive information from the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) which may trigger a referral to the service.


MSSS works with childrena nd young people aged from 0 to school leavers. We support children and young peole with Visual Impairment, Hearing Imparment/ Deaf and  Multi-Sensory Impairment

Age Range
3 to 16 years

Summer is here and to help you with child care there are lots of different activities taking place in and around Manchester. tqake a look at the Manchester Local Offer Summer Newsletter  There are activities for individuals and for families.



Who to Contact

Tony Bowyer (Head of Service); Tina Kirwin-McGinley (Assistant Head Hearing Team); Amanda Burgess (Assistant Head Vision Team)
Tel: 0161 445 0123 choose Option 4
07931 777971
07739 955639
Additional Notes

The MSSS is based in Lancasterian School in West Didsbury 

Last Updated: 11/02/2021