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Children and young adults with complex needs and visual impairment often face barriers to learning, living and taking an active, independent place in society. WESC Foundation provides the specialist expertise, equipment and adapted facilities to inspire, challenge and empower these young people from across the UK to live their best lives. We fight to make … Continued

Disability confident certification renewed

WESC Foundation is proud to announce that our status as a Disability Confident Employer has been renewed until at least 2022. The Disability Confident scheme was initially created to provide employers with the skills and confidence they need to attract, recruit, retain and develop disabled people in the workplace. Commenting on the news, Maureen Biss … Continued

Sally’s big leap of faith

An Exeter keyworker is getting ready to face her fear of heights later this month as part of preparations for a charity skydive. Sally Cox has worked as an enabler at St David’s House care home in Exeter (part of the WESC Foundation charity) for two years, and is preparing for a fundraising skydive at … Continued

Response to the extension of the Infection Control Fund

We welcome today’s announcement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of funding to boost the Infection Control Fund for adult social care (More than £500 million for social care to reduce coronavirus transmission over winter) Staff at our St David’s House residential home have continued to work tirelessly throughout all phases … Continued

Call for volunteers – Summer 2020

WESC Foundation needs your help! We’re currently racing through a busy programme of summer holiday works. Our amazing estates team and visiting contractors are tackling everything from paths and painting right through to new kitchens and accessible toilets. One of the last jobs that needs to be done before our school and college students return … Continued

Fundraiser Will’s wheelchair marathon success

A former student at Exeter’s WESC Foundation has just finished a 31 day wheelchair marathon in memory of his late father. 22 year old Will Parry, who is severely sight impaired and confined to a wheelchair by Cerebral Palsy, completed 36 laps of his garden in his manual wheelchair each day in July. Today he … Continued

MP visits specialist young people’s charity in Exeter

Simon Jupp MP had the chance to see things a little differently when he visited WESC Foundation yesterday. He wore special glasses that simulate different types of visual impairment for part of his tour of the charity’s campus, which sits within his East Devon constituency on the edge of Exeter. During the visit the Member … Continued

Second awards shortlist for WESC Foundation’s talking till

A talking till developed by WESC Foundation has been shortlisted for a second national award. The audible point of sale (APOS) till – which can be operated independently by users with visual impairment and other disabilities – has been recognised by the Charity Times Awards. It follows a similar recognition by NATSPEC – the voice … Continued

The Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge comes to Exeter

Young people and staff at WESC Foundation walked, ran, cycled and wheeled over 500 miles last week to recreate the cancelled Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge. Eight students from the WESC Foundation College were due to take part in the Dartmoor-based event in May 2020 but were disappointed when it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 … Continued

Staying safe in our charity shops

We value the safety of our staff and customers, so our charity shops have revised how they work in line with the advice and guidance issued by the UK Government. When visiting one of our charity shops we respectfully ask that you: sanitise your hands as you enter comply with the current social distancing rules … Continued