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Expansion of specialist day care service for young adults

A unique community service for adults with sensory impairment and complex needs is preparing to double its capacity in the coming months.  WESC Foundation’s adult day service currently supports seven adults in their 20s and 30s who have vision impairment or multi-sensory impairment. Some have significant support needs (including profound physical and cognitive disability), whilst others have greater independence.   WESC … Continued

Students with vision impairment receive money for vital equipment from Yorkshire Building Society

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation has donated £1,997 to a Devon-based charity to buy a wide range of equipment to support independent living.  WESC Foundation supports people from across the UK who have vision impairment and complex needs. The money donated by the Yorkshire Building Society will be used to purchase specialist kitchen equipment to … Continued

Exeter charity takes next step as Disability Confident Leader

Local charity WESC Foundation is celebrating after being recognised as one of only four Disability Confident Leaders in the county. The latest accolade reflects the fact that staff at the charity are encouraging and supporting other businesses to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people. … Continued

DIY SOS Burrington Style

South West developer Burrington Estates is set to completely refurbish an existing building and create a bright new residential space for students attending WESC Foundation’s specialist College in Countess Wear, Exeter.  The ‘Bungalow Project’ will see Burrington convert one of the charity’s old classrooms into a modern, two-bedroom home for students. It will be a fully accessible single floor space ideal … Continued

The search for a new Chair of Trustees

WESC Foundation is looking to appoint a new Chair of Trustees to join the board and help shape the charity’s future. The role of Chair provides overall leadership to the charity, drawing together the contributions of trustees and staff alike to make sure we achieve our mission. Working with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), you’ll … Continued

WESC Foundation in Europe – ECOOL Interreg Project

Social enterprise highlighted as European good practice for entrepreneurship WESC Foundation’s social enterprise project has been shortlisted as an example of good practice within the Interreg Europe funded E-COOL project. Andy Roberts, Head of Enterprise Development at WESC Foundation, was invited to give a presentation to the project partners. He told the story of the … Continued

WESC Foundation School Ofsted Report 2021

A report published today by schools’ regulator Ofsted shows that WESC Foundation’s special school continues to make progress since the last full inspection in December 2019. Inspectors visited the school for a two day, additional, monitoring visit in March 2021. Ofsted found that rapid and swift action since the last inspection has led to improvements … Continued

What’s out there? An accessible solar system tour!

Vision impaired students in our specialist school have enjoyed building an accessible outdoor trail to help learn about the solar system. Students can walk through the solar system that’s been installed in one of the WESC Foundation sensory gardens, where they will find inflatable models of each planet. It’s part of this term’s curriculum theme … Continued

Charity shops re-opening in Exeter and East Devon

WESC Foundation’s social enterprise charity shops in Exeter and East Devon will re-open on 12th April 2021. The three shops in Exeter, together with stores in Honiton and Sidmouth, will be opening their doors to customers next week following confirmation of the changes to COVID-19 restrictions later this month. Store opening hours will initially be … Continued