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Our vision, mission and values:

Vision: A world where young people with visual impairment and additional needs are able to take their place in society, where they are valued for their contribution and their rights and independence are supported.

Mission: WESC Foundation’s mission is to empower children, young people and adults with visual impairment and additional needs to live fulfilling young and adult lives through the delivery of a range of education, care and support services. To succeed in our mission we will:

  • provide outstanding services centred around our young people
  • make best use of our specialist knowledge about visual impairment and complex needs
  • work in partnership with others
  • be a resilient, innovative and ambitious organisation and a great employer

Operational Values as a staff team:

  • Together everyone achieves more (T.E.A.M.)
  • Learning happens everywhere
  • Even better if…
  • Celebrate what you want to see more of

Community Values (these things are important to our young people):

  • The right support to learn and develop​
  • A sense of belonging
  • Enjoyment and fun​
  • Respect and kindness

What we offer

WESC Foundation offers a range of educational, care and support services to young people and adults with visual impairment and other
complex needs. Our services include: full-time day or residential placements for 38 weeks of the academic year

Education provision

  • Full time day or residential placements for a 38 week academic year in School (5-16) and College (16+)
  • Part time day or residential placements in School or College
  • 38 week education placements plus 14 week additional residential support for an all year round package
  • Supported internships and work experience placements
  • Outreach support in mainstream and specialist schools, colleges and universities

Therapy, mobility and health

  • Full therapy support to our students and young people covering speech and language, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and music therapy from our in-house specialist staff
  • Qualified mobility support from our in-house ROVI team
  • Health care from our nurse and healthcare assistant team

Adult care and support services

  • Full time residential care in St David’s House
  • Our adult day support service
  • Onsite and offsite supported living services
  • Residential respite and short breaks

Work placements and vocational support

  • Work placements and work opportunities for students and young people in the WESC Community
  • Work experience and work placements for young people in the wider community of Devon, including in our retail and horticulture
  • Supported internships combining education, employability skills training and work experience as a stepping stone to paid or
    voluntary employment