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May Bank Holiday and Half Term Arrangements 2019


Bank Holiday Arrangements – 6th May This is a reminder that Monday 6th May is May Day holiday and WESC Foundation will be closed to school and college students. On Friday 3rd May finishing times will be 1.00pm for School students, and College...

WESC equipment to help children around the world


Unwanted physiotherapy equipment from WESC Foundation is off to support children in the developing world. Old items including chairs, walkers, standers and postural management equipment were recently collected by Physionet. They will be checked-over...

The WESC Foundation fleet is turning green


WESC Foundation has turned to hybrid and electric cars as part of a new, ‘green’ approach to its fleet of vehicles. Two new Kia Optimas, supplied by Marsh Kia of Exeter, were recently delivered as part of programme to gradually replace o...

Weekend art exhibition in Exeter opens this weekend


WESC Foundation’s first art exhibition kicks off in Exeter this weekend, and it’s attracting artists from across the south west. Arranged by online marketplace Art Gallery SW, the free-admission WESC Weekend Art Show runs all weekend 13th and 14...

Learning outside the classroom: Spring 2019


WESC Foundation students from two classes took part in several off-site visits in the Spring term 2019. William and Ethan visited Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium as part of National Science Week. As well as taking in the different public e...

Annual Devon SEND swimming gala makes a splash


WESC Foundation held the Devon SEND (special educational needs and disability) Swimming Gala earlier this month at its Exeter campus. 90 students from nine schools across the county spent the morning of 20th March 2019 at the Bradbury Water Therapy...

BASH Awards success for WESC Foundation students


WESC Foundation students were out in force last Friday evening at the annual Devon BASH Awards (Be Active, Be Safe, Be Healthy) organised by Devon and Cornwall Police. Seven young people were nominated for a range of awards celebrating their achieve...

End of term arrangements: Spring 2019


Here is a reminder about end of term arrangements: The last day will be Friday 5th April with finishing times of 1.00pm for School students, and College students can leave from 1.00pm, although support is available until 4.00pm if needed. The Colleg...

Making a breakthrough into accessible technology for shops


WESC Foundation has received the first prototype of a new piece of electronic ‘point of sale’ (EPOS), which experts hope will revolutionise accessible technology for disabled staff in the retail sector. Our award-winning Social Enterprise team, t...

Lions fund improvements to facilities


Lions Club members from around Devon have helped funded important improvement work at WESC Foundation’s Exeter campus. Imagine being visually impaired and having to navigate your way around an unfamiliar toilet, perhaps having to resort to fee...

Announcing the WESC Foundation 2019 Charity Golf Day


Exeter-based charity WESC Foundation, which provides specialist services to support young people with visual impairment, has announced details of its 2019 Charity Golf Day. This year’s event – the fifth to be organised in partnership with ITEC, t...

World Book Day 2019 at WESC Foundation


Yesterday was World Book Day, and once again the WESC Foundation students and staff rose to the occasion with a stunning collection of characters spotted around the campus. School uniforms and college casual wear were swapped for exciting costumes,...

Haldon Forest training session for Jubilee Challenge


Eight WESC Foundation students braved the wet and windy weather yesterday to complete their latest training walk for this year’s Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge. Three groups explored Haldon Forest, a 3,500 acre woodland located between Exeter and...

Sidford volunteer builds bridge for disabled youngsters


WESC Foundation volunteer Don When WESC Foundation needed a helping hand to improve access at its East Devon horticulture site, Sidford resident Don Peek jumped at the chance to get involved. Mr Peek volunteers for several hours a week at “WESC Cou...

CITY Community Trust success for Will


Congratulations to WESC Foundation resident Will who has recently completed the CITY Community Trust “Train to Succeed” course. The 12 week programme is aimed at young adults between the ages of 19 and 24 who are registered as Not in Education,...

Half Term Arrangements February 2019


Here is a reminder about half term arrangements: The last day will be Friday 15th February with finishing times of 1pm for School students, and College students can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed. The College will...

World Radio Day – 13th February


UNESCO has designed today (February 13th) as World Radio Day 2019. It celebrates radio as a medium, and particularly the impact it has on people around the world. Did you know we have our own radio station? WESC Foundation’s own radio station, VI R...

A lovely little Thank You


We have been developing some wonderful partnerships with businesses, charities and Saying ‘thank you’ for a job well done during work experience. other organisations. Many of these relationships help provide opportunities for our young pe...

Weather update 1st February 2019


WESC Foundation will open today, so we are here for anyone who can safely get into school/college/day services AND get back home again later. We completely understand if parents choose not to send young people in due to local conditions or where tran...

Weather update 31st January 2019


School and College are currently open, and it is our intention to open tomorrow for those young people who are able to get here (and return home) safely. We are currently contacting families of all our young people by telephone to discuss individual...

Burns Night 2019 at WESC Foundation


Last week we welcomed members from the Exeter branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society to WESC Foundation for an early celebration of Burn’s Night. Students from school and college, together with young people from St David’s H...

A visit from the Sensing Nature project


We had a great visit from Dr Sarah Bell from the Sensing Nature project. Dr Bell met with staff from WESC Foundation at the Discovery Garden and the outdoor setting at West Hill. Sarah and the team behind the  project have been exploring the diverse...

Another Ten Tors adventure begins


Nine WESC Foundation students braved the cold weather on Dartmoor yesterday. They have begun to prepare for the annual Ten Tors event which takes place in May this year. Regular training sessions will continue over the coming months to prepare the te...

A call for Trustees of WESC Foundation


Could you help drive our charity forward and help make a difference to the lives of our young people? WESC Foundation is a registered charity (registered number 1058937) which was registered in 1996.  As a school for blind people, the organisation h...

Four ways to support WESC Foundation in 2019


New Year’s Resolutions With 2019 stretched out ahead of us like a blank canvas, there’s no better time to plan your New Year’s Resolutions. If you’ve already given up on the gym, ditched the diet, or just want to do something a little...

Acorns and Squirrels of Exeter


WESC Foundation has been taking students to the Acorn and Squirrels of Exeter Riding for the Disabled Group for the past 20 years or more. The service is run by volunteers who turn up at the stables every week throughout the year in all weathers. The...

End of term arrangements December 2018


Dear all Here we are at the end of another term, and always a lovely time at WESC Foundation with Christmas events and Christmas trees and many many mince pies.  Please find below details of the end of term arrangements. The last day will be Thursda...

Hansel and Gretel at Exeter Phoenix


In September the Exeter based PaddleBoat Theatre Company came into WESC Foundation’s horticulture area to support a drama workshop with WESC students working in collaboration with students from other ‘Topsham Road’ schools; Southbrook School, W...

When thirteen is a lucky number!


This academic year WESC Foundation are taking part in an exciting project called the ‘Open Orchestra’. This is a project created by Open Up Music, a charity dedicated to empowering young disabled people to build inclusive orchestras and this year...

Half term arrangements October 2018


Not two minutes ago I was welcoming you to the new term – now its nearly half term! How did that happen?  Here is a reminder about the end of half term arrangements. The last day will be Friday 19th October with finishing times of 1pm for S...

Welcome to 2018/2019 and a new term


Welcome to the Autumn term of a new academic year!  With the odd very wet exception, September is being good to us so far.  We have also had  some warm sunny days and there is still a chance to still get outdoors.  The leaves are starting to fall...

Grease is the word…


On the afternoon of July 10th the whole of WESC Foundation became Rydell High School for the afternoon as we enjoyed a fabulous performance of Grease by our students.  Our young people had been working very hard to put together all the famous scene...

Achievement Awards 2018


This year’s Achievement Awards event was held on July 10th and we changed things up quite a lot!  The marquee was bigger and had a proper floor, the ceremony was pacier and the awards themselves were much more Oscar-style than before. This yea...

Ben’s Internship comes to an end


Ben has been on a supported internship with WESC Foundation for the last year.  This has been fantastic for building his confidence and work skills and enabled him to make new friends.  This short video shows just what he has achieved.  If you wou...

Gaming for an Independent Life


A new computer game, developed by neuroscientists from WESC Foundation and the University of Lincoln, could help visually-impaired children lead independent lives. The game has been rolled out online, www.eyelander.co.uk, and it is being made freely...

WESC students shine at Ten Tors 2018


The WESC group with their medals! Well done guys! Six WESC Foundation students have taken part in Jubilee Challenge at Ten Tors 2018 on Saturday 12th May on Dartmoor. The six intrepid visually impaired youngsters, five of whom were completing the ch...

Santander take the honours at WESC’s Golf Tournament


The winning team Santander! Well done! The sun shone brightly at the WESC Foundation fundraising, golf tournament at Exeter Golf and Country Club last week as teams from businesses and organisations from throughout the South West battled it out for t...

WESC students ‘splash’ it out for victory!


WESC students Ross, Zoe, Nina and Jago celebrating with their well-deserved medals! On Wednesday 25th April 2018 WESC Foundation hosted Devon’s 2018 SEND (special educational needs and disability) Swimming Gala and invited seven other schools to jo...

Judi Spiers officially opens WESC new Sensory Room


Judi Spiers and WESC staff and students gathered to celebrate the opening! Supermarket giant Morrisons has kindly donated £35k towards a brand new therapeutic sensory room for WESC Foundation students and today marks the official opening! WESC Found...

WESC steals the show at Bash Awards!


The WESC Foundation group with their BASH Awards and certificates WESC Foundation students and young people stole the show on Friday 23rd March 2018 at Devon’s BASH Awards (Be Active, Be Safe, Be Healthy) organised by Devon & Cornwall Police. T...

WESC students keep the beat going at 24hr Radio Marathon!


WESC student Jacob getting down with his rap music! WESC Foundation students raised funds for their summer residential trips to San Francisco, Bristol and the Calvert Trust by running a non-stop, 24-hour, live radio marathon with a variety of guest s...

WESC will be open Tuesday 20 March


WESC Foundation is reopening on Tuesday 20th March.  The College is open from 8am for residential students and the usual time for day students.  The School is open from 11am and students should arrive, as usual, at St David’s Reception. If you ha...

Adverse weather: message to parents


Due to the adverse weather WESC School and College will be closed tomorrow, Monday 19th March, for day students and residential students returning to WESC after the weekend. We will be updating the situation tomorrow as to whether we will be opening...

Team LV steal the show at WESC’s Pub Quiz


Well done Team LV for winning the BEST Charity Pub Quiz! The WESC Foundation BEST charity pub quiz, sponsored by Thomas Westcott, was a sell-out success last week! Around 20 teams from businesses and organisations from across Exeter battled it out to...

Exeter College student runs half-marathon for WESC


Faith looking delighted to start her fundraising for WESC! WESC Foundation students and staff have made such a positive impression on Exeter College student, Faith, so much so that she has decided to run the Torbay half-marathon to raise money for th...

WESC Foundation open for business!


We are pleased to say WESC Foundation School and College will be open as normal on Monday 5th March 2018. We want to say a big heartfelt thank you to all our fantastic staff working so hard and the wonderful community volunteers that helped us get th...

Relaxing massages at the hands of WESC student!


Joseph practising his massage skills within his class Students from WESC Foundation are learning the art of massage therapy as a way to increase their employability skills and help people who are stressed or sit at a desk all day by easing away their...

University of Plymouth official launch at WESC


WESC staff and University of Plymouth students and staff celebrating the opening of the new Exeter School of Nursing facility The first cohort to study at a new nurse training facility has gathered to celebrate its achievements with two of the profes...

WESC welcomes new CEO Jane Bell


WESC is delighted to welcome new CEO Jane Bell WESC Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jane Bell.   Jane Bell joins WESC Foundation from the charity Shared Lives South West where she has been Chi...

St Thomas Charity Shop celebrates one year anniversary!


L-R: Melissa Cantrill – Volunteer at Cowick Street shop, Becky Foster-Rooke – Enabler at WESC, Nina – WESC student, Maria Dowswell – Shop Assistant, Helen Kielstra – Shop Manager and Maureen Biss – Deputy CEO at WE...

Megan’s key to success is a smooth transition!


Megan lives with her friend Susie at Rainbow House From the first day at College WESC Foundation works with young people with visual impairment and their families to start putting together a plan for life after college. Whether the young person choos...

WESC student Jack’s passion for Braille!


WESC learner Jack looking very excited to begin his Braille class teaching WESC learner Louis Grade 1 Braille, along with his teacher Jenny Aspiring WESC learner Jack’s ultimate goal is to be a Braille teacher and he’s well on the way to achievin...

Invitation to tender


WESC are currently inviting companies to tender for both the Auditing and Investment Management Services. If you would like any further information please email Jane Nutt, Director of Quality and Resources: JNutt@wescfoundation.ac.uk. The closing dat...

George’s work experience is no wash-out!


L-R Mark Blatchford – Station Garage, George – WESC learner and Jim – WESC Enabler Charismatic, sociable, dedicated and hard-working are just a few of the words that Mark Blatchford Manager at Station Garage, Topsham, used to descri...

Therapy & Mobility Open Day!


WESC learner in the hydrotherapy pool during a physio session stretching for the ball Are you a parent looking for therapy or mobility services for your visually impaired child? Are you a company with staff members who have a visual impairment and ar...

Join us at charity Golf Day!


Join us at Exeter Golf and Country Club on Thursday 10 May for WESC Foundation’s Charity Golf Day. Price: £200 for a team of four This price includes 18 holes, a bacon bap, drinks & refreshments midway round the course, and a two-course e...

Exeter University steal the title!


University Challenged steal the title back! Another hugely successful WESC charity pub quiz took place last week at Matthew’s Hall in Topsham where over 100 participants battled it out for first place! Congratulations goes to team, University Chall...

WESC ex-student Ben embarks on new internship!


WESC ex-student Ben and his manager Mark Vandenberg sorting through some books to sell on eBay Hard work, determination and charisma are just a few of the qualities that have helped secure an internship placement for WESC ex-student Ben, 19, from Exm...

WESC publishes report in British Journal of Visual Impairment


WESC student using a VisiLift screen with the aim to improve his functional vision WESC Foundation has recently published a report in the British Journal of Visual Impairment. This report takes information from over one hundred scientific studies to...

WESC is delighted to announce school awarded ‘good’ by Ofsted


WESC Foundation school learners celebrating the fantastic Ofsted result! “The school rightly places the highest emphasis on preparing pupils for independent living in all its aspects. As a result, over time, pupils’ self-confidence and self-belie...

Family Group is back!


WESC Family Group fun! We are excited to welcome back next week all WESC students after their summer break and also we are delighted to announce that the WESC Family Group will be starting back on Friday 15th September at 10.30am. WESC’s Family Gr...

Enabler treks the Pennine Way to support WESC!


The very start of Ant’s trek began here! WESC Enabler, Antony (Ant) Clark, is celebrating finishing his incredible challenge walking the entire Pennine Way, a massive 268 miles, and raising over £560 for WESC Foundation. Ant tells us about the...

WESC supporter hikes Hadrian’s Wall!


WESC Foundation’s amazing supporter, David Sherwood, has set himself the challenge of completing 1,206 miles of hiking, the equivalent of walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back, to raise money for WESC Foundation! His route has inclu...

WESC learner featured in Natspec newletter


Susan’s manager Rebecca says she is a pleasure to work with! One WESC Foundation learner, Susan, has caught the eye of Natspec who has printed her success story, regarding gaining employment at KFC, in their latest newsletter. Please click on t...

Where there’s a Will there’s a way!


Will stacking the shelves at Tesco’s Exmouth as part of his work experience WESC Foundation learner, Will, aged 19 has been taking part in a weekly work placement at Tesco’s in Exmouth for the last month. Will, accompanied by his enabler Suza...

WESC learners steal the show at award ceremony!


Fiona receiving the St David’s House Cup award for Personality of the Year presented by Judi Spiers Inspirational WESC Foundation learners celebrated all their hard work and dedication at an uplifting awards ceremony with delighted parents, tut...

Cornwall Council’s webinar for Parents and Carers


As part of the Inspection of Cornwall Council local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities Ofsted will host an onlin...

Susan’s smile lights up KFC!


Susan and her managers outside KFC waiting to start work! Determined, hard-working, resilient, enthusiastic, positive….these are all words to describe one of WESC’s amazing learners, Susan, who has just secured her first paid employment role at K...

WESC staff trek to Everest to raise money!


Please help support these two amazing people as they climb to Everest base camp to raise money for charity! WESC employee Stuart Young wanted to challenge his physical and mental capabilities, along with raising money for charity so he’s decided th...

A sensory art treat!


WESC learner Katie with her summer flower! Creative WESC Foundation learners were excited about exhibiting their sensory artwork at Exeter School for the sixth year running! The exhibition ran between 12 – 15 June 2017. The exhibition of sensor...

Charity Crealy tickets SOLD OUT!


Crealy tickets are now sold out! If you have already purchased a ticket then we will post them out to you on the next working day. Thank you so much for your support! All money raised will go towards supporting the visually impaired children and you...

Volunteers with Green Fingers wanted!


WESC Foundation is looking for keen gardeners to help at our budding West Hill Garden Centre Project, near Ottery St Mary, Devon. The site has nearly ten acres of land to play with including: two polytunnels, a huge glass house, propagating green hou...

Host a cream tea for WESC Foundation this summer!


The sprinkling crumbs as you break your first scone. The spread of the jam. Spoon on your Cornish clotted cream, let your tea brew, and enjoy. There’s nothing like a cream tea… Would you like to host a fundraising cream tea for WESC Foundation fo...

Half term dates


Half term is week commencing Monday 29 May and WESC will be closed to school and college learners. On Friday 26 May finishing times will be 1pm for School learners, and College learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if...

WESC Golf Day Success


Team Venture were crowned the winners! (L-R) Shawn Willis, Stuart Hawker, Alec Cole and Stuart Haskins The sun did eventually shine at WESC Foundation’s golf tournament at Exeter Golf and Country Club last week as businesses and organisations throu...

University of Plymouth’s school of nursing joins WESC!


WESC Foundation is pleased to welcome the University of Plymouth onsite. L-R Bridie Kent, Head of School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Plymouth, Tracy de Bernhardt Dunkin, WESC’s Principal & CEO and Maureen Biss, WESC’s De...

New thinking and expert knowledge shared at WESC conference


Peter White addressing a captivated audience! ‘Transitioning to adulthood’ was put under the spotlight at a special conference hosted by WESC Foundation (WESC), the Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment based in Exeter, Devon. Experts from aro...

Sign up for WESC Open Day


Finding out all about WESC at the Open Day Are you exploring pre and post 16 options for a young person or adult (up to 25 years old) who is visually impaired (VI)? Do you want to find out how WESC Foundation can support VI learners in mainstream sch...

Learners triumph at Jubilee Challenge


Katie with a massive smile on her face as she crosses the finishing line! Well done Katie! Four students from WESC Foundation, Exeter’s Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment, have taken part in this year’s Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge on Saturda...

Ant gears up to walk the Pennine Way for WESC!


Antony (Ant) Clark is one of our incredible enablers at WESC Foundation and he’s set himself a huge fundraising challenge this summer! Ant is set to walk the entire Pennine Way, a massive 268 miles, and is looking to raise money for updating WESC F...

WESC-bury comes to Exeter!


Budding DJ Jacob mixing his next musical set! WESC learners and staff were getting into the festival spirit as the whole campus got together for a music and food festival! Held in the school hall, the WESC-bury festival was an idea developed by the l...

Easter term dates


WESC Foundation’s last day of term is Friday 31 March 2017. The finishing times will be 1pm for school learners, and college learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed. The college will reopen for the start of t...

Crealy raises £10k for WESC Foundation


L-R Jon Duckham, WESC Fundraising Manager, Jack and Katie WESC students and Craig Clews, Crealy’s Deputy General Manager WESC Foundation has been Crealy Adventure Park & Resort’s charity of year for 2016 and we are pleased to announce tha...

‘Wheels for All’ at WESC Foundation


WESC Foundation has teamed up with Cycling Projects – Wheels for All and Ride On to be able to offer people in Exeter with a range of disabilities the chance to get out on an adapted bike! The all-ability cycling sessions will be held at WESC F...

WESC says thanks to Exeter Chiefs supporters!


WESC Foundation was invited onto the pitch at last Saturday’s Exeter Chief’s match, along with other charities, to celebrate Exeter Foundation (the fundraising body of the Exeter Chief’s) raising the amazing sum of £1 million and donating it t...

Huge success for BEST Charity Pub Quiz!


Congratulations Team LV for winning the BEST Charity Pub Quiz! It was a sell-out success at WESC Foundation’s BEST charity pub quiz last week, when just under 150 entrants battled their way through eleven brain baffling rounds, including a roun...

WESC’s new ‘hand crank’ bikes!


WESC teacher Matt Smith and Marketing Manager Katy Gaulton getting to grips with the new bike! WESC Foundation is pleased to announce that they have been successful in their fundraising bid to BBC Children in Need to purchase two new adaptable side-b...

iPad changes Fiona’s world!


WESC learner Fiona….a whiz at the iPad! Ever since Fiona, 21, from Essex, purchased her first iPad she has been using it non-stop and says it has changed her life! Fiona, a WESC residential student for three years, has an eye condition called o...

Open Day Triumph


Finding out all about WESC at the Open Day There was a real buzz in the air yesterday at WESC’s Open Day as parents and professionals left the 15 acre campus feeling informed, enthused and excited about the services and facilities WESC has to offer...

Half term dates


WESC Foundation’s end of term is Thursday 9 February 2017. The finishing times will be 1pm for school learners and college learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed. The college provision will reopen on Monday 2...

WESC celebrates Burns Night!


The Burns taster plate! Today is Burns Night and WESC Foundation learners are getting into the spirit of things by celebrating this special day. Burns Night is held in honour of Scotland’s most famous 18th century poet Robert Burns and is a way to...

Training for Jubilee Challenge continues!


The hardy group get set for the training! Four WESC students and five staff ventured out to Haytor on another training session for the Jubilee Challenge yesterday! The weather report looked reasonable so a day’s training was on the agenda. On arriv...

Rock Solid Cancelled!


Last year’s Rock Solid mud warriors! Sadly, we have been informed that Rock Solid has gone into liquidation. Everyone who has booked a place will get an email from Rock Solid. Thank you to all the brave intrepid WESC Challengers who have alread...

Sign up for WESC Open Day


Finding out all about WESC at the Open Day Are you exploring pre and post 16 options for a young person or adult (up to 25 years old) who is visually impaired (VI)? Do you want to find out how WESC Foundation can support VI learners in mainstream sch...

WESC’s young people help the homeless!


WESC learners Grace, Jago and Nina giving clothes over to Miss Lee who is an official collector for the homeless WESC Foundation’s young learners wanted to help people in need this Christmas and therefore asked the WESC’s Social Enterprise Charit...

WESC Christmas Fayre Fun!


WESC’s Adult Services young person Megan selling some fantastic tree decorations WESC Foundation learners have been busy getting all their hand-made decorations ready for the Christmas Fayre. They enjoyed rustling the tinsel, feeling the felt,...

Christmas term dates


WESC Foundation’s last day of term is Friday 16 December 2016. The finishing times will be 1pm for school learners, and college learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed. The college will reopen for the start of...

Sammi is ‘Most Improved Rider 2016’!


Superstar Sammi receiving her award! Congratulations to WESC learner Sammi who was presented with an award and certificate for ‘Most Improved Rider 2016’ at Riding for the Disabled yesterday.  Sammi has been riding Will, the horse, for a while n...

St Thomas gets an extra boost by WESC opening new charity shop!


Charity shop assistant Maria standing outside new St Thomas Social Enterprise Charity Shop! WESC Foundation – The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment is proud to announce the opening of their sixth Social Enterprise Charity Shop in Cowick Stree...

Tom raises money for WESC by Blind Driving!


Tom and his very calm driving instructor. Well done Tom! Yesterday a former WESC Foundation student, Tom, who now is a dedicated volunteer, took to the roads to have his first driving lesson in a car to raise money for WESC Foundation. Tom was in the...

WESC’s VI Radio students explore BBC Radio 1 Xtra


Aspiring journalist Samia getting to grips with how the studio works! As part of their NCFE Radio Production course a group of six WESC learners and five staff visited the bright lights of London last week to have a tour and speak to the presenters a...

Volunteer Collection Coordinator needed!


Would you like to make a difference to the lives of visually impaired young people at WESC Foundation? Do you love meeting new people? WESC Foundation needs you! We need a volunteer collection coordinator to organise, brief and meet volunteer collect...

Peter White in line-up for 2017 WESC Conference!


Photo from 2016 Conference. L-R: Dr Jonathan Waddington, Dr Gordon Dutton, Dr Amanda Lueck, Tracy de Bernhardt Dunkin, Dr Cathy Williams, Mark Braithwaite and Janet Harwood WESC Foundation is pleased to announce that we are now taking bookings for ou...

Will scores a goal at Exeter City Football Club Shop!


Will very excited to start his work placement! Will, 18, has an eye condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity and a CVI (Cerebral Visual Impairment) which means he doesn’t see detail or recognise familiar faces. He also has cerebral palsy and use...

WESC’s London Marathon winner announced!


Andrew finishing the Exeter marathon last year! WESC Foundation is delighted to announce that Andrew Lewis from MJ Baker Foodservice has won the bid to receive our charity place at the London Marathon next year and will be running the 26.2 miles to r...

Models take to a catwalk for WESC Foundation!


Exeter College student modelling her original creation! Over 150 guests joined WESC Foundation and their Ambassador, Judi Spiers, for a night of glitz and glam at Exeter Castle for WESC’s annual fashion show and auction. Exeter College Fashion...

Crealy’s Halloween day!


WESC’s corporate partner Crealy Great Adventure Park is inviting you for a special Halloween full day, Tuesday 25 October 2016 10am – 5.30pm, at Crealy to support the visually impaired young people at WESC Foundation. Tickets also include a furth...

Half term dates


WESC Foundation’s last day before half term will be Friday 21 October. The finishing times will be 1pm for all learners. The college will reopen on Monday 31 October 2016, where residential learners will be welcome to book in from 8am and the usu...

Another great night at WESC Foundation’s BEST charity pub quiz


Congratulations to ‘University Challenged’ from Exeter University who stole the show! The WESC Foundation BEST charity pub quiz, sponsored by Thomas Westcott, was a sell-out success last week! Twenty teams from businesses and organisation...

Come to WESC Open Day


Finding out all about WESC at the Open Day Are you exploring pre and post 16 options for a young person or adult (up to 25 years old) who is visually impaired (VI)? Do you want to find out how WESC Foundation can support VI learners in mainstream sch...

Gala Fashion Show and Charity Auction Tickets Available Now!


Lights, camera, action……WESC Foundation is thrilled to announce that tickets are now on sale for this year’s Gala Fashion Show and Charity Auction, which will be held on Thursday 20 October 2016 at the beautiful and historic Exeter Castle, in...

WESC’s beautiful charity Christmas cards now on sale!


A sparkly Frosty in his winter woollies! WESC’s Christmas cards are now on sale! Why not buy a pack of ten stunning cards and envelopes for only £2.99 (designs opposite) and help raise money for the young people at WESC Foundation? The message ins...

Brand new minibus is making a real difference!


Representatives from Lord Taverners and WESC Foundation students and staff Everyone at WESC Foundation is so grateful to the Lord Taverner’s, Clare Milne Trust and all the members of the public who have donated and helped us to buy a brand new spec...

A personalised approach to learning


Richard Ellis, Head of Visual Impairment Services WESC Foundation’s Head of Visual Impairment Services, Richard Ellis, has written an article for SEN magazine highlighting the need for a personalised approach to learning to support children with a...

WESC learners get creative stories published!


Five WESC Foundation learners are delighted that through taking part in the Seeing Ear Creative Writing Competition 2015 and have had their short stories published in the ‘Seen Through Other Eyes 2015’ book. Seeing Ear is a charity that aims t...

Join our team for the Great West Run 2016!


A few of the 2015 Great West Run Team! This is your chance to do something AMAZING!! WESC Foundation is looking for recruits to join our Great West Run team, represent WESC, run that distance, raise money for WESC and have an absolutely brilliant da...

WESC learners showcase their skills at Awards Ceremony!


WESC Trustee – Noel Fowler, WESC Ambassador – Chris Lorimer, Learner – Will, Judi Spiers and WESC Principal Tracy de Bernhardt Dunkin Dedication, motivation and inspiration was the theme of the day today as hardworking WESC Foundati...

Summer end of term dates


WESC Foundation’s end of term is Thursday 21 July 2016. The finishing times will be 1pm all learners. The college will reopen for the start of term on Tuesday 6 September 2016, where residential learners will be welcome to book in from 8am and the...

Come to our next Open Day!


Finding out all about WESC at the Open Day Are you exploring pre and post 16 options for a young person or adult (up to 25 years old) who is visually impaired (VI)? Do you want to find out how WESC Foundation can support VI learners in mainstream sch...

WESC receives Lord’s Taverners minibus


Representatives from Lord Taverners and WESC Foundation students and staff The Lord’s Taverners were in Exeter today, Friday 24 June 2016, to present a new wheelchair accessible minibus to WESC Foundation. The new 14-seat wheelchair accessible mini...

WESC competes in Dragon Boat Race


The WESC team in pink and blue shirts overtaking another boat! Last Saturday a WESC team took to the waters to compete in Exeter’s Dragon Boat Festival at Exeter Quay. Despite having a boat filled with mainly complete novices the team worked togeth...

Healthy Eating Week at WESC


Tempted? WESC learners enjoyed healthy Meze to start! It’s Healthy Eating Week at WESC Foundation and learners and staff are all getting into the spirit by taking part in a Healthy Eating Quiz, competing in the healthy holiday lunch menu, trying di...

Help WESC Country Garden project to grow!


Cleaning the poly tunnels The new WESC Country Garden, social enterprise, horticultural project is already providing valuable opportunities and experiences for the learners at WESC Foundation, thanks to an Environmental Grant from Greggs Foundation!...

WESC’s Horse Simulator ‘Winston’ on ITV WestCountry News


WESC learner ‘Maddy’ having a trot on ‘Winston’ WESC Foundation is delighted that their latest edition ‘Winston’ the Horse Simulator was on ITV WestCountry News last night. The TV coverage talks about the benefits of ridin...

WESC learners get arty!


WESC learner Katie drawing her masterpiece! Creative WESC Foundation learners are excited about exhibiting their sensory artwork at Exeter School, between the 14 to 17 June 2016 10am to 3pm, for the fifth year running. The exhibition of sensory artw...

May half-term dates


WESC Foundation’s end of term is Thursday 26 May 2016. The finishing times will be 1pm for school learners and college learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed. The college provision will reopen for the start o...

WESC learners cross the pond to visit our American cousins!


The WESC group in front of the Capitol Hill Nine visually impaired learners, accompanied by seven WESC staff members, have travelled across the water to the ‘land of dreams’. Experiencing new cultures, visiting historical monuments, and practisin...

Exeter Northcott Theatre comes to WESC!


WESC learners rehearsing for the Us and Them performance. Picture By Jim Wileman WESC Foundation learners were thrilled to put their drama skills to the test by working with Exeter Northcott Theatre in producing two performances: Us and Them and Jung...

The ‘Fantastic Four’ win WESC Golf Day!


The winning team, ‘Fantastic Four’, collecting their prize WESC held their charity golf day at Exeter Golf & Country Club on 12 May sponsored by ITEC.  With a record 17 four-ball teams entering and over £7,000 raised, the Specialist...

Learners excel at Ten Tors Challenge


WESC learner Will receiving his Gold award! Well done Will! Three visually impaired students from WESC Foundation, Exeter’s Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment, have taken part in this year’s Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge on Saturday 7 May on Da...

Who will be crowned 2016 WESC Factor winners?


WESC teacher Lesley with her class celebrating in the WESC Factor carnival The WESC Factor week was truly one to be remembered this year! WESC young people put their creative talents to the test as they competed for victory in many activities from so...

A sensory spectacular exhibition!


The Devon Cream Tea canvas created by Hannah and Megan from WESC’s Adult Day Centre WESC Foundation learners have been involved in the Sense of Place Jigsaw Art project, organised by Sense (a charity that supports children and adults with senso...

Ben conquers the London Marathon!


Ben showcasing his medal! WESC Foundation’s learner Ben is one in a million! Ben showed his determination and true team spirit last week as he ran the London marathon with his dad, despite his visual impairment, in just over six hours. This fantast...

Walk to WESC and picnic in our park


WESC learner Fiona and Enabler Emma as they got back from the 9 mile walk The sun shone at WESC Foundation on Saturday 23 April 2016 as around 20 walkers, including several WESC students, set off from Exmouth to walk back along the Exe river trail to...

May end of term dates


WESC Foundation’s end of term is Thursday 26 May 2016. The finishing times will be 1pm for pre-16 learners and post-16 learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed. The post-16 College provision will reopen for the...

Have you seen Exeter’s Blind Spot?


WESC Foundation (WESC) launches ‘Exeter’s Blind Spot’ campaign. Despite the charity’s rebrand, many people know WESC as the blind school and not by their official name, WESC Foundation. Exeter’s Blind Spot campaign is aiming to increase...

WESC Supporters April Challenges


Julian Davey in full action training for the London marathon! WESC supporters are taking on a whole range of different challenges this April to fundraise for WESC Foundation! Three of the triumphant WESC Foundation ‪‎Rock Solid Race team and en...

WESC Rock Solid Heroes!


WESC Support Workers Kelly and Dominique getting a bit muddy! WESC Foundation is so proud of our awesome Rock Solid team who all completed their Rock Solid challenge last weekend. We had just under 80 brave supporters taking part in the 5K, 10K, and...

End of term dates


WESC Foundation’s end of term is Thursday 24 March 2016. The finishing times will be 1pm for pre-16 learners and post-16 learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed. The post-16 provision will reopen for the start...

Listen2Win in the WESC VI Challenge


WESC learner Will with his trainer British Blind Sport and Active Devon joined up with WESC Foundation on Saturday 19 March 2016 to host a day of VI sports training sessions at WESC’s Exeter campus. In the morning sports coaches and professionals w...

WESC Foundation BEST charity pub quiz ever!


Team LV from Liverpool Victoria stole the evening by winning the trophy! Well done! The WESC Foundation BEST charity pub quiz, sponsored by Thomas Westcott, was a sell-out success last week! Twenty-five teams from businesses and organisations from ac...

Parents and professionals are impressed at Open Day!


There was a real buzz in the air at WESC’s Open Day last week as parents and professionals left the 15 acre campus feeling informed, enthused and excited about the services and facilities WESC has to offer visually impaired young people and adu...

Are you up for the challenge?


The RockSolid challenge last year – are you up for it this year? WESC Foundation is joining forces with RockSolid to raise vital funds for projects at its Topsham Road campus in Exeter. The charity, which is Exeter’s Specialist Centre for Vis...

VI Training and Taster Day


VI taster day – why not get involved? British Blind Sport, WESC Foundation and Active Devon are working together to host an afternoon full of activities that anyone with a visual impairment can try. The event will be held at WESC Foundation on...

February half-term dates


WESC Foundation’s end of term is Friday 12 February 2016. The finishing times will be 1pm for pre-16 learners and post-16 learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed. The post-16 provision will reopen for the star...

Weather warning


There is a cold weather alert level 3 (amber) issued from the met office which includes the possibility of snow and winter conditions for the South West and parts of England. WESC Foundation will remain open but parents who are expecting their young...

Happy New Year and welcome back!


Finding out all about WESC at the Open Day WESC Foundation would like to wish everyone a happy New Year and we hope you’ve had a restful and enjoyable Christmas break. We’d also like to remind you about our Open Day which is scheduled for Tuesday...

Thank you for helping us to achieve so much!


Fundraising plays a vital role in ensuring that the children and young people here at WESC have access to the most up to date equipment and technology, as well as experiencing the widest range of stimulating and exciting activities. WESC Foundation i...

WESC learner Jack helps charity shops with Braille labels


Jack working on producing the Braille labels “My name is Jack and I am in Lesley’s tutor group in college at WESC Foundation. “As part of my work experience I have been visiting the WESC Charity shops to help them find out what braille labels t...

It’s competition time at WESC’s Social Enterprise Charity Shops!


Sidmouth Shop Window One WESC’s Social Enterprise charity shops are getting in the Christmas spirit by decorating their shop windows full of festive cheer! The shops aren’t just any charity shops they are also excellent training venues for the vi...

WESC Foundation collections – can you help?


WESC volunteers at Waitrose’s last New Year’s Eve! WESC Foundation has two important collections coming up and we need your help to ensure that they are as successful as possible! On New Year’s Eve we are collecting and bag packing at W...

A ‘leaping’ success!


Fundraiser Maggie taking her leap of faith dressed as a day of the death character from the film Spectre! Around forty thrill seeking WESC supporters gathered at Haven Banks Activity Centre on Sunday to leap from the 25 metre tower on the quay and fu...

Harryot gains independence


Harryot creating a sand masterpiece in her art lesson! Harryot, 18, has been at WESC since she was 7 years old.  She was born prematurely and has optic nerve atrophy, nystagmus and a squint. As a result, she finds judging distance, speed and depth v...

End of term dates and times


WESC Foundation’s end of term is Friday 18 December 2015. The finishing times will be 1pm for pre-16 learners and post-16 learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed. The post-16 provision will reopen for the star...

Come to our next Open Day!


Finding out all about WESC at the Open Day Are you exploring pre and post 16 options for a young person or adult (up to 25 years old) who is visually impaired (VI)? Do you want to find out how WESC Foundation can support VI learners in mainstream sch...

Dining in the Dark Delight


A shot in the dark! Forty-nine food loving WESC Foundation supporters attended the fabulous Dining in the Dark gourmet evenings hosted by the Salutation Inn in Topsham on three evenings in November and were fascinated and enthralled by the unique din...

WESC Soundwaves choir perform at Winter Concert!


WESC Soundwaves choir is pleased to announce that they will be performing with the Folk Orchestra of East Devon on Friday 11 December at the Parish Church of St. Margaret in Topsham. Come along and watch this spectacular performance where WESC learne...

Sign up today to take a ‘leap of faith’!


Are you brave enough? Not long now until our adrenaline junkies throw themselves off the new tower at Haven Banks to raise money for WESC Foundation. Could you join them? Are you brave enough? Why not get your work colleagues and jump as a team? It...

It’s raining fashion at the Met Office


L-R: Lady Clifford of Chudleigh, WESC President, Judi Spiers, broadcaster, Tracy de Bernhardt Dunkin, WESC Principal & Chief Executive and Glen King from Glen King PR The Met Office played host to a sell-out fundraiser fashion show for WESC Found...

WESC Foundation announces line-up for next year’s conference


WESC Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr Gordon Dutton and Dr Amanda Lueck are among the speakers who have confirmed their attendance at next year’s conference, which will focus on cerebral/cortical visual impairment (CVI). We are now taking...

Come to our Recruitment Open Morning


WESC Foundation is holding a Recruitment Open Morning on Wednesday 21 October 2015 between 9am – 1pm for anyone who is interested in working for our amazing charity. Why not take the opportunity to visit the site and meet some of the staff an...

Lights, Camera, Action! WESC at Charity Times Award 2015


L-R: Katy Gaulton, WESC Marketing, PR & Comms Officer, Mark Cornfield, WESC Deputy Principal Director of Finance & Resources, Andy Roberts WESC Vocational Enterprise Manager, Jeff Smith BMC Azurri Sales Manager, Alastair Petrie BMC Azurri Man...

Looking at street works from a different perspective


WESC mobility team delivering visual impairment awareness training to South West Water South West Water staff, partners and contractors were given a taste of the challenges that street works pose to blind and visually impaired people during a special...

Harry’s new challenge!


Harry working hard in WESC’s eBay centre! WESC Foundation has taken on its first apprentice. Harry Roberts impressed staff during his internship when he worked in WESC’s charity shop, as well as running its eBay store and mobile phone app. Ha...

WESC gains Investors in People Award


WESC staff celebrating receiving the IIP award! WESC Foundation is delighted to announce that they have achieved the Investors in People Standard Accreditation. The IIP accreditation is recognised as a sign of excellence, a great employer and an outs...

Gilbert Stephens take the trophy in WESC’s BEST charity pub quiz


Gil Stephens won Exeter’s BEST pub quiz 2015! WESC Foundation’s BEST charity pub quiz was a resounding success as teams from businesses and organisations all over Exeter battled it out for the glory. The eventual winners were the team from Gi...

WESC Foundation receives Charity Times Awards nomination


Learner Harry using Braille overlay to work the till in Heavitree Charity Shop WESC Foundation – The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment is nominated in the Best use of Technology category in the Charity Times Award for its work with BMC Azurri...

WESC Foundation Social Enterprise opens fifth shop in Exeter


New WESC Foundation shop sign at our new premises on Sidwell Street WESC Foundation – The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment is proud to announce they have opened their fifth Social Enterprise retail outlet in Exeter – Sidwell Street. The S...

Fabulous Fundraising Fashion Show and Charity Auction


All the glitz and glamour from last year’s Fashion Show! WESC Foundation is thrilled to announce details of this year’s Gala Fashion Show and Charity Auction, which will be held on Thursday 22 October 2015 at the prestigious Met Office buildi...

Welcome to our refreshed new website


Welcome to our refreshed new website which gives you more information about how WESC Foundation supports visually impaired people on-site and in the community. We hope you find the new website quicker and easier to navigate. It boasts a modern, colou...

Come along to WESC’s next Open Day


Finding out all about WESC at the Open Day Are you exploring pre and post 16 options for a young person or adult (up to 25 years old) who is visually impaired (VI)? Do you want to find out how WESC Foundation can support VI learners in mainstream sch...

The Best Charity Pub Quiz in Exeter IS BACK!


WESC Foundation’s last Pub Quiz Champions! The best charity pub quiz in Exeter is back, that’s right… our pub quiz is back! Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 7pm at WESC’s campus on Topsham Road.  Pop the date in your diary! We are so gratef...

WESC Foundation students get a taste of life at Radio One


WESC learner Jacob excited to be at the Radio One studios! A group of young, aspiring DJs in Exeter have been given a taste of life at BBC Radio One’s production studios, during a special trip they made to London this month. The DJs, all of them vi...

Contact a Family’s fantastic free events!


Contact a Family are hosting free information workshops aimed at parents and carers of young people with a disability aged 14–17 years old. If you would like information about transition or money/benefits advice why not attend one of the events lis...

Could you take a blind ‘leap of faith’?


All you adrenaline junkies come and join us on Sunday 20 September 2015 at Haven Banks! This one is for you! WESC Foundation is seeking to recruit 88 intrepid, thrill-seeking supporters who are willing to throw themselves off the new tower at Haven B...

WESC students take their learning to Russia!


Three students from WESC Foundation have been busy fundraising to raise enough money to fund their trip to St Petersburg in Russia and….they did it! The three students, Harry, George and Tom, and three staff members are now in Russia seeing where L...

Would you like to work for WESC?


WESC Foundation is holding a Recruitment Open Day on Friday 19 June 2015 for anyone who is interested in working for our amazing charity. Why not take the opportunity to visit the site and meet some of the staff and young people that you could be...

The Four Amigos climb Ben Nevis to support WESC Foundation


‘The Four Amigos’: Dave, Mark, Adrian and Ian who are best “golf” buddies and former city traders, will be trekking to the top of Ben Nevis on 10 June 2015, to raise money for WESC Foundation! As well as celebrating Mark’s 50th birt...

Better than a ‘Hole in One!’


The sun shone on the WESC Foundation golf tournament at Sidmouth Golf Club last week as teams from businesses and organisations throughout the South West battled it out for the glory. WESC Foundation’s golf days are about two things, having fun and...

Showcasing ‘Sensational’ artwork at Exeter School!


Creative WESC Foundation learners are excited about exhibiting their sensory artwork at Exeter School, between the 16 to 19 June 2015 10am to 3pm, for the fourth year running. The exhibition of sensory artwork called Sensational 2015 is going to be...

Have you ever dined in the dark?


An exclusive gourmet meal and wine tasting evening in the unique surroundings of The Salutation Inn, Topsham, but with a difference; you will be eating and drinking in the pitch darkness! This idea might seem a little strange at first, but by suppres...

Join us for the Great West Run 2015!


WESC Foundation has fifteen charity places for the 2015 Great West Run and is looking for recruits to take these places, represent WESC, run that distance, raise money for WESC Foundation and have an absolutely brilliant day that they will never for...

Wonderful Walk for WESC


WESC Foundation learners, staff and supporters enjoyed some glorious spring walks on Sunday 3 May 2015 in the grounds and gardens of Ugbrooke House. The walks were wonderful and everyone had a marvellous time, despite the odd shower. The highlights o...

May Day bank holiday and end of half term arrangements


Information for parents and carers regarding the May Day bank holiday and end of half term arrangements 2015, has been posted to the Key Documents section on WESC website. To visit the key documents page, please click here....

Join us for our Annual International Conference


We would like to invite you to WESC Foundation’s Annual Visual Impairment International Conference which will be held on Thursday 2 July 2015 at our Exeter campus. WESC Foundation’s Annual International Conference provides a fantast...

WESC learners showcase retail skills on the radio


BBC Radio Devon visited WESC Foundation’s Social Enterprise charity shop in Sidmouth last week to hear all about how WESC’s till Braille overlay is making retail work accessible for visually impaired people. To hear the interview please click on...

Come to our Next Steps Event!


WESC Foundation is holding a Next Steps Event for young people with a visual impairment and their parents at our Exeter campus on Friday 1 May 9.30am – 2.30pm. Contact-a-family will be presenting three workshops giving all the latest information...

WESC celebrates the arts!


WESC Foundation is pleased to announce that they have gained the Artsmark Award! Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provisio...

WESC announces Judi Spiers as the charity’s first Ambassador


WESC Foundation – The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment is delighted to announce that well-known and popular local celebrity, TV personality and broadcaster Judi Spiers is the charity’s first ambassador.  Judi Spiers has been a great c...

Come to WESC’s Open Day


Are you exploring pre and post 16 options for a young person or adult (up to 25 years old) who is visually impaired (VI)? Do you want to find out how WESC Foundation can support VI learners in mainstream school, colleges and universities? WESC Founda...

WESC Rocks Solid!


Thirty-seven brave WESC team members took on the gruelling Rock Solid extreme, obstacle and assault course on 21 & 22 March 2015 to fundraise for WESC Foundation. They came, they saw, they wallowed in mud, and they all conquered! The WESC Solid R...

Shaun had a great night out at the WESC Foundation pub quiz


The WESC Foundation BEST charity pub quiz, held on Wednesday 25 February, was a resounding success! There were well over 100 entrants, from businesses and organisations throughout Exeter, competing for the title. The eventual winners were ‘Shaun...

WESC’s Annual International Conference


We would like to invite you to WESC Foundation’s Annual Visual Impairment International Conference which will be held on Thursday 2 July 2015 at our Exeter campus. WESC Foundation’s Annual International Conference provides a fantast...

The Great Siberian Sponsored Silence


Take the Great Siberian Sponsored Silence and help raise funds for the WESC learner’s history class trip to St Petersburg. Indulge in a paradise of blissful, serene peace and quiet! Contemplate on the fate of all those Russian dissidents sent to th...

Open day triumph!


There was a real buzz in the air yesterday at WESC’s fourth Open Day as parents and professionals left the 15 acre campus feeling informed, enthused and excited about the services and facilities WESC has to offer visually impaired young people...

February half-term dates


WESC Foundation’s end of term is Friday 13 February 2015. The finishing times will be 1pm for school learners and college learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed.   The college will r...

It’s not too late to enter the BEST charity pub quiz!


There’s still time to enter the best charity pub quiz in Exeter! Sign up for WESC Foundation’s pub quiz on Wednesday, 25 February 2015, starting at 7pm at WESC’s campus on Topsham Road and be in with a chance to win some great prizes! At a cos...

It’s not too late to sign up for WESC’s Open Day!


Are you exploring pre and post 16 options for a young person or adult (up to 25 years old) who is visually impaired (VI)? Do you want to find out how WESC Foundation can support VI learners in mainstream schools, colleges and universities? If yo...

Julian’s Marathon Challenge


We are so proud to announce that History and Drama teacher, Julian Davey, will be representing WESC Foundation in the 2015 London Marathon. Julian has already begun training and planning for this amazing challenge, and will be preparing carefully ov...

Christmas term dates


WESC Foundation’s end of term is Friday 19 December 2014. The finishing times will be 1pm for school learners and college learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed.  The college will reopen for the start o...

WESC Foundation is boosted by Santander donation


WESC Foundation has received £4,395 to fund a new Braillenote Laptop computer for learners at the Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment. The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation which offers grants to UK registered charities for proje...

Sidmouth shop is now open!


WESC Foundation is pleased to announce that their fourth Social Enterprise retail outlet in Sidmouth is now open! On Saturday 29 November 2014 the Sidmouth shop opened its doors for the first time and had a steady flow of visitors all day. Custome...

WESC Foundation and RockSolid’s Ultimate Obstacle Race!


WESC Foundation and RockSolid have joined forces to use the power of team work, fused with the most fun obstacle race in the UK, to raise vital funds for projects at WESC Foundation. The RockSolid race is a cocktail of mud, sweat and teamwork that w...

Skydive for WESC and become a World Record Holder!


Imagine jumping out of a plane at 15,000feet, freefalling for 2 miles before gently parachuting to the ground! Join us for possibly the biggest ever tandem skydive event and jump into the record books whilst raising money for WESC Foundation on 20Jun...

Bullying Awareness Week


This week is bullying awareness week which is dedicated to raising awareness about bullying and what bullying is all about. It is a national week where all schools discuss and raise awareness about bullying and the impact it can have on learners. At...

Dining in the Dark Delight


Forty five food loving WESC Foundation supporters attended the fabulous Dining in the Dark gourmet evenings hosted by the Salutation Inn in Topsham on three evenings in November and were fascinated and enthralled by the unique dining experience. To...

The Best Charity Pub Quiz in Exeter IS BACK!


The best charity pub quiz in Exeter is back, that’s right… our pub quiz is back! Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 19:00 at WESC’s campus on Topsham Road.  Pop the date in your diary! We are so grateful to our sponsors, Thomas Westcott, who hav...

Meet WESC college learner Tyrone!


Tyrone, 20, is registered blind with congenital Microphthalmos and Sclerocornea and requires a non-visual approach for all his teaching and learning. Tyrone is a weekly boarder and has chosen to study a Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE...

London Marathon 2015


This is your chance to do something amazing! WESC Foundation has one charity place for the 2015 London Marathon and is looking to recruit someone to take that place, represent WESC, run the distance and raise money for WESC. We are asking for applic...

WESC Foundation Social Enterprise opens fourth shop in Sidmouth


WESC Foundation – The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment is proud to announce they will be officially opening their fourth Social Enterprise retail outlet in Sidmouth by the end of November 2014.   Based in Exeter, WESC Foundation...

WESC Foundation supports VI adult from St Helena Island


Justin Peters, 39, from St Helena, was born deaf with slowly deteriorating vision, has come to WESC Foundation for four weeks to learn how he can effectively communicate before he loses his sight completely. St Helena is a small British island in t...

Gourmet foodie fundraiser tantalizes the taste buds


Dining in the Dark – a gourmet fundraising event launched to raise both awareness of visual impairment and vital funds for WESC Foundation – is being hosted once again by the Salutation Inn, Topsham, on 11, 12 and 13 November 2014. WESC Foundatio...

WESC Foundation students’ thrilling break at The Calvert Trust


Twelve WESC Foundation learners recently experienced five days of exciting outdoor activities at The Calvert Trust on Exmoor. The youngsters enjoyed kayaking and sailing, experienced the thrill of zooming down a zip wire, climbed wobbly milk crate to...

October half-term dates


WESC Foundation’s end of term is Friday 24 October 2014. The finishing times will be 1pm for school learners and college learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed.  The college will reopen for the start of...

WESC’s Open Day success


There was a real buzz in the air yesterday at WESC’s Open Day as parents and professionals left the 15 acre campus feeling informed, enthused and excited about the services and facilities WESC has to offer visually impaired young people and adu...

Fashion show stopper!


The glitz of the catwalk came to Marsh Barton last week when Mercedes Benz South West hosted a gala fashion evening showcasing the stunning new Autumn/Winter Reiss collection. The evening was specially coordinated by Sam Calcott, Reiss Manager, and p...

WESC Foundation is successful in £50k bid!


WESC Foundation – The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment is delighted to have won the Exeter Foundation’s Legacy Project Grant fund of £50,000 to adapt two new transition houses in Exeter especially for visually impaired young people. WESC...

Last chance to book for WESC Open Day


Are you exploring pre and post 16 options for a young person or adult (up to 25) who is visually impaired? Do you want to find out how WESC Foundation can support VI learners in mainstream school, colleges and universities? WESC Foundation is hol...

Lights, camera, action! It’s awards time at WESC!


Hardworking WESC Foundation learners celebrated their achievements today at an uplifting awards ceremony at Sandy Park with delighted parents, tutors and friends. The ceremony acknowledged all the hard work and dedication put in by WESC learners who...

A computer game to improve functional vision


WESC Foundation- The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment wants to improve the way in which young people with visual field loss use their remaining vision. We are looking for young people aged eight to 25 with a visual field loss to take part in...

WESC learners celebrate GCSE results


Three learners from WESC Foundation, The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment in Exeter, are celebrating after receiving their GCSE results. Our determined learners have faced more challenges than most, as they are all registered visually impaired...

Hot off the press: Fundraising Newsletter!


We are pleased to announce that our latest fundraising newsletter is out now for you to enjoy. Find out all about what’s been happening in fundraising and how your support has been a tremendous help for the young people at WESC Foundation....

The height of fashion!


Register your interest today for a very special WESC red-carpet event to raise money for visually impaired young people and adults. The first WESC Foundation fashion show is being held on Thursday 9 October at the Mercedes – Benz showroom in Marsh...

Charity Christmas cards on sale now!


WESC’s Christmas cards are now on sale. Why not buy a pack of ten stunning cards and envelopes for only £2.99 and help raise money for the young people at WESC? Message inside read ‘Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’. Call Kim Cottle...

WESC Foundation achieves the Gold Award for Equality and Diversity


WESC Foundation is officially an outstanding employer and provider as measured against the national standards for equality and diversity. We recently received the Gold Award following a year-long process of assessment and moderation. When asked what...

Beautiful gardens needed for new charity fundraiser


Calling all keen gardeners! Green-fingered enthusiasts in and around Exeter are being sought by WESC Foundation  to take part in an exciting new fundraiser this coming September. The inaugural WESC Foundation Sensory Open Gardens event is lookin...

Challenges


Skydive and raise money for WESC FoundationYou can book a tandem sky dive, and raise sponsorship for WESC Foundation, with Skydive UK for any date that suits you. Click on the Skydive UK website button below for more details. A tandem is an easy and...

Express & Echo Playground Competition


WESC Foundation is now registered for the Express & Echo promotion to win £10,000 of specially designed playground equipment. The promotion starts Thursday 25 September and runs until Thursday 6 November. During this time the Express &...

Dartmoor Adventure Days


Challenge and stretch yourself in three completely different ways in the beautiful settings of Dartmoor National Park on a WESC Foundation Dartmoor Adventure Day.The Dartmoor Adventure Days are located at the spectacular Dewerstone Rock, which has Da...

WESC’s vocally talented learners


WESC Foundation organise many different creative and sporting events that learners participate in, including the popular annual WESCfactor, where learners from across both school and college engage in a wide range of activities.  The entire scho...

New Chair of Trustees brings business acumen to WESC Foundation


Accomplished businessman Richard Purchase has been appointed as the new Chair of Trustees at WESC Foundation, an inspirational charity providing cutting edge education, care and support to visually impaired young people and adults. A professional wit...

Outcome of Ofsted inspection for WESC Foundation College


After a series of outstanding and good Ofsted inspections over recent years for its School, College and Care Services, WESC Foundation College discovered just how challenging the new inspection framework is, having been judged to be in need of improv...

Arty WESC learners are Sensational!


Creative WESC Foundation learners have enjoyed exhibiting their sensory artwork at Exeter School last week for the third year running. The exhibition of sensory artwork called Sensational 2014 was exhibited in the school’s new art department. I...

WESC street collection success


WESC staff, learners and supporters turned out on Saturday 7 June 2014 to shake buckets and collect in Exeter, Exmouth, Heavitree and Exmouth; Everyone looked fantastic and really stood out in their bright orange t-shirts and matching buckets. ...

WESC learners help Hannah’s blacksmith create robot


WESC Foundation learners Dan and Ruairi has been helping Dame Hannah Roger’s resident blacksmith Rob Hill create a steel robot at Seale-Hayne in Newton Abbot. The talented boys have been attending metalwork classes at the Dame Hannah Rogers tr...

WESC Foundation on ITV Westcountry News!


WESC Foundation’s Research and Development team were on ITV Westcountry News on Monday 26 May 2014 telling the public all about the computer game they have developed to help visually impaired young people improve their vision.    Jonathan...

WESC Golf Day Glory


The sun shone on all the golfers who were competing in the WESC Foundation charity golf tournament at Sidmouth Golf Club Friday 16 May 2014. It was a glorious day and 10 teams from Devon businesses battled it out in the summer sun for the honours. &n...

Ten Tors Triumph!


Four visually impaired students from WESC Foundation, Exeter’s Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment, have taken part in this year’s Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge on Saturday 10 May on Dartmoor. The four intrepid youngsters who have all taken part...

WESCFactor – the results are in!


Following the success of last year’s WESCFactor, this has now become a much anticipated annual event whereby all WESC learners take part and enjoy the competition. Over a three-day period all the WESC learners took part in Healthy Living Awards, Cr...

Gaming technology to help visually impaired learners


WESC Foundation has revealed a groundbreaking new computer game being developed by research associate Jonathan Waddington to make a real difference to the lives of learners with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) –the term used when the brain misinte...

A Wonderful Walk for WESC


What a perfect day! The weather was glorious and hundreds of walkers enjoyed the beautiful grounds and surroundings of Ugbrooke House, whilst raising money for projects at WESC Foundation. All the walks were wonderful, the bluebells were amazing, the...

An enlightening experience!


WESC Foundation are thrilled that the inaugural Dining in the Dark evening went so well, and would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make it such a special event. The surroundings and atmosphere at The Salutation Inn were wonderful, a...

Gourmet Dining in the Dark for WESC


At 6.30pm on Thursday 1 May, the Salutation Inn in Topsham, which offers the very best local, regional and seasonal produce cooked by Tom Williams-Hawkes and his brigade to a modern French influenced style, will be hosting a unique gourmet dining eve...

Enter The Great West Run for WESC


Enter The Great West Run and raise money for WESC Foundation. The Great West Run is a half marathon through the heart of Exeter. This run has it all; the energy of a city centre road race, combined with pretty country lanes and stunning views across...

Annual International Conference 2014


Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual International Conference 2014. We’ve had some fantastic feedback and hope you will join us again next year. We extend our thanks to all our speakers this year and we are particularly pleased to welcome...

Visually impaired youngsters raise money for local charity


Six visually impaired youngsters from WESC Foundation – The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment, have undertaken a ‘Marathon in a Month’ to raise money for St Petrock’s charity for the homeless. The six students took on activities includi...

WESC presents at VISION 2014 Conference in Australia


This week Principal and Chief Executive Tracy de Bernhardt Dunkin, Mark Braithwaite Head of VI Business Development and Jonathan Waddington Research Associate will be flying to Australia to attend the Vision 2014 conference. Jonathan will be speaki...

Easter term dates


WESC Foundation’s end of Spring term is Thursday 3 April 2014. The finishing times will be 1pm for school learners and college learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed.  The college will reopen for the st...

VI Swimming Championship 2014


On Wednesday 12 March WESC took 10 school aged students (10-17) to the National School VI Swimming Gala championships in Solihull. Five students with previous Gala experience were representing WESC, with a further five students making their Gala debu...

Historic Ugbrooke House hosts Walk for WESC


On Sunday 4 May, the historic parklands of Ugbrooke House, near Chudleigh will be inviting people to put on a pair of walking boots and walk for WESC Foundation, the specialist center for the visually impaired. Jon Duckham, Fundraising Manager a...

“Don’t blame it on Rio” take the pub quiz glory!


A massive thank you to everyone who came along to the “Best Charity Pub Quiz in Exeter” last week and battled it out for glory! Well done to “Don’t blame it on Rio” from the Devon Partnership NHS Trust, our  eventual champions, as well...

Visual Impairment Research Study


 “Computer game for rehabilitating young people with visual field loss.” We want to improve the way in which young people with visual field loss use their remaining vision. Training programmes that involve using specialised computer software...

WESC Foundation hosts Academies Open Day


On 27th February 2014, WESC Foundation will host an Academies Open Day aimed at informing teachers, principals, Special Education Needs (SEN) professionals and anyone who works with visually impaired young people in an academy setting on how they can...

Join our Volunteer Fundraising Group


Volunteering will give you the chance to try out something new, meet like-minded people and help develop your skills whilst carrying out the worthwhile role of supporting visually impaired young people and adults. If you would like to be involved in...

Annual International Conference


We would like to invite you to WESC Foundation’s Annual Visual Impairment International Conference which will be held on Wednesday 30 April and Thursday 1 May 2014 at our Exeter campus. A general overview can be found below but please...

Find out what’s next at our Transition Day


If you are a parent, carer, learner or interested in WESC Foundation – The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment then come along to our Transition Day, on Friday 14 March between 10.30am – 2.30pm, and find out all the information you need for y...

February half-term dates


WESC Foundation’s end of term is Thursday 13 February 2014. The finishing times will be 1pm for school learners and college learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed.  The college will reopen for the start...

Join WESC for the biggest tandem skydive!


Join WESC Foundation on 21 June 2014 for possibly the biggest ever tandem skydive event and get in the record books by jumping a massive 15,000ft in a tandem skydive with 260 other people! A tandem is an easy and enjoyable way to experience the thril...

Academies Open Day


Are you exploring how you can support learners with a visual impairment in your academy?Are you looking to find out what specialist services/equipment/facilities are available for visually impaired learners? WESC Foundation is holding an academy ope...

Mercedes Raffle Winner!


The lucky winner of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class was a gentleman from Lympstone who had ticket number: 065396. The raffle was drawn on Christmas Eve at Princesshay where crowds gathered to see if they had won the fantastic car. Congratulations to the...

The Best Charity Pub Quiz in Exeter IS BACK!


It is time to announce our first, big, fun, fundraising event of the New Year, that’s right… our pub quiz is back! Come along to WESC Foundation on Wednesday 26 February 2014 at 7pm. The quiz last year was a fabulously fun evening! Everyone who...

New Year’s Eve Bag Pack at Waitrose, Exeter


Last New Year’s Eve a wonderful group of WESC volunteers packed bags for shoppers at Waitrose and raised around £1000 towards projects here at WESC, which was amazing! We have the opportunity to do this again on Tuesday 31 December at Waitrose, E...

WESC Christmas tree lights up Roman Walk


This year Princesshay Shopping Centre in Exeter has given 20 Christmas trees to 20 local charities to decorate, in Roman Walk. The WESC Foundation tree is right in the centre and stands out as it is so beautifully decorated! This is because all the b...

Give a child a voice


Donate here This year we are asking supporters of WESC Foundation to help us raise money towards our communication aid project through our ‘Give a child a voice’ communication aid appeal. Through stories and videos seen on this page you will...

WESC supporters walk on fire to raise money for WESC Foundation


Eighteen intrepid, brave supporters walked on a bed of fire to raise money for WESC Foundation. The event took place at The Double Locks pub in Exeter on Friday 1 November and despite the torrential rain many of the Fire Walkers risked blisters to wa...

Charity Santa Dash!


Here’s a family, fun, festive way of fundraising for WESC Foundation this Christmas. Would you like to raise funds for WESC by entering the “Exeter City Football in the Community Charity Santa Dash” on Saturday 30 November? It is only one...

WESC learners become teachers of VI Boccia


WESC learners and staff have joined forces to become qualified teachers/trainers in the sport of VI (visually impaired) Boccia. The course was held at WESC Foundation’s campus with other students from mainstream schools and colleges joining the WES...

Rohan “gifts” boxes of wonderful outdoor gear to WESC Foundation


Rohan, the outdoor clothing specialist retailer, has donated boxes of fantastic waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces and outdoor gear to WESC Foundation. The “gift your gear” scheme allows customers to return good quality gear in return for disc...

Gifts in Wills to WESC Foundation


Supporters who have left gifts in their Wills to WESC Foundation have helped provide so much for the young people and adults at the school and college. This includes the building of WESC’s second ‘transition’ house, ensuring that learners have...

Open Day success!


There was a real buzz in the air yesterday at WESC’s first Open Day as parents and professionals left the 15 acre campus feeling informed, enthused and excited about the services and facilities WESC has to offer visually impaired young people and a...

WESC abseilers brave storm to raise thousands of pounds


They say that lightning never strikes twice, but this year it did, and very nearly thwarted the WESC Foundation abseil for a second time! The abseil finally took place last Sunday after it was originally cancelled in September because of a violen...

October half-term dates


The last day of term for WESC Foundation learners is Thursday 24 October 2013. The finishing times will be 1pm for school learners and college learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed. The college will reopen for...

Join WESC and Batten Disease Family Association


Join WESC Foundation and Batten Disease Family Association to find out how you can get involved in the latest Batten’s research project and discover the benefits of a therapeutic reminiscence software called Sarepta. If you are interested in findin...

WESC’s beautiful Christmas cards are now on sale


WESC’s Christmas cards are now on sale. Why not buy a pack of ten stunning cards and envelopes for only £2.99 and help raise money for the young people at WESC? Message inside read ‘Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’. Call Kim Cottl...

Virgin Money support WESC Foundation


Each year the Virgin Money Exeter staff have a minimum of 10 days to dedicate towards a chosen charity and they chose WESC Foundation for 2013. Philip Weeks, Store Manager said; “The Virgin Money Exeter team has supported WESC Foundation with 11 da...

WESC Foundation students celebrate success


Hard working WESC Foundation learners celebrated their achievements yesterday at an uplifting awards ceremony at Sandy Park with delighted parents, tutors and friends. The ceremony acknowledged all the hard work and dedication put in by WESC lear...

WESC Open Day


Are you exploring pre and post 16 options for a young person or adult (up to 25 years old) who is visually impaired (VI)? Do you want to find out how WESC Foundation can support VI learners in mainstream schools, colleges and universities? WE...

Fundraising newsletter out now


We are pleased to announce that our latest fundraising newsletter is out now for you to enjoy. Find out all about what’s been happening in fundraising and how your support has been a tremendous help for the young people at WESC Foundation....

Want to join us at the next Exeter Chiefs Match?


WESC Foundation is calling out for enthusiastic volunteers to join their bucket collection day at the Exeter Chiefs vs London Wasps match on Saturday 14 September from 1pm to 6pm at Sandy Park, Exeter. Anyone who would like to shake a bucket for fans...

Special recognition for former WESC learner at national awards


Former WESC Foundation student, Ian Morrison, has been awarded the Charity Retail Associations national award for Best Young Volunteer of the Year following his contribution to the organisations charity shop in Heavitree, Exeter. Ian, now 25 years ol...

Summer term dates


WESC Foundation’s end of Summer term is Friday 26 July 2013. The finishing times will be 1pm for school learners and college learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed. The college will reopen for the start of th...

DUCHESS OF CORNWALL VISITS WESC FOUNDATION


On Tuesday 16 July, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visited the children, young people and team at WESC Foundation. The Duchess, also a patron for the charity, last visited the organisation in 2008 and Tracy de Bernhardt Dunkin, Principal...

East Devon Golf Club Captain’s Charity Day


The historic East Devon Golf Club, at Budleigh Salterton, has a rich history of raising funds for good causes. This year both the Captain and the Ladies Captain chose WESC Foundation to be their Charity of the Year. Around 200 members took to the cou...

WESC helps Cornwall College set up sensory room


WESC Foundation’s Outreach provision provides specialist support to schools, colleges and universities, this includes: staff training, physical access audits and other development activity. We work in partnership with other organisations to improve...

WESC Art Exhibition at Exeter School


WESC Foundation is delighted to exhibit their learners’ artwork for the second year running at Exeter School. John Mason, Exeter School’s Head of Art, said he was pleased to host ‘Sensational! 2013’ as it was beneficial for pupils attending b...

WESC Foundation celebrates 175 years!


This year is a significant year for WESC Foundation as we celebrate 175 years since the charity was founded. That means 175 years of providing the very best education, care and therapy for visually impaired young people and adults. Read all about our...

Students and staff raise the tempo with Wren Music


WESC Foundation has teamed up with Devon’s folk and community arts organisation, Wren Music, to enhance their creative singing skills by forming a combined staff and student singing group called SoundWaves. Here at WESC Foundation we want to inspir...

Volunteers Week Day 5 – Angie’s Story


Angie Lunn is a WESC Foundation volunteer. Angie tells her story about working alongside one of our young people and how rewarding it is. To find out more about Angie read her case study here.  Read Angie’s story on the Express and Echo we...

East met WESC in style!


The fashion store, East, in Princesshay, hosted a day long fashion event to support WESC Foundation on Saturday 25 May 2013. Ladies queued up to take advantage of the special discounts, luxury Indian head massages, pampering Molton Brown hand massage...

Volunteers Week Day 4 – Joyce’s Story


We’d like to introduce you to Joyce. Joyce volunteers at one of WESC Foundation’s Social Enterprise Charity Shops in Honiton. Joyce shared her story with us. Watch Joyce telling her story here. Read more about Joyce’s story here.  ...

Volunteers Week – Day 3


As part of National Volunteers Week WESC Foundation are saying a big thank you to our volunteers and we are also sharing some short films about some of our volunteers stories. Here you can watch Marion tell her story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I...

Volunteers Week Day 2 – Marion’s Story


Marion Tyrie lives just outside Bovey Tracey and has been volunteering for WESC Foundation since autumn last year. We spoke to Marion about what motivated her to get in touch with the charity and her experiences working as a volunteer for the special...

WESC launches volunteer drive during National Volunteers Week


Watch the first video of our volunteer drive here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78e0ttIRt8o Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign and this year it takes place between 1-7 June. Its aim is to celebrate the fantastic contribution millions of volu...

Devon SEND Swimming Gala


On Tuesday 21 May 2013 WESC Foundation hosted the first ever SEND (special educational needs and disability) Swimming Gala for all schools in Devon, in their on-site swimming pool. Students from six different schools across the county, including...

WESC success at Devon County Show!


The learners in WESC’s Beijing and Washington Classes both submitted garden crowns into the Flower & Garden Competition at the Devon County Show last week. The category called ‘Class 1’ was to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the...

Law firm makes fundraising child’s play


Devon-based law firm, Gilbert Stephens LLP, has helped raise thousands of pounds for WESC Foundation which has allowed us to purchase a unique play set for the children at our school. Gilbert Stephens LLP helped to raise the money for their chose...

Ten Tors – the biggest challenge so far!


This year WESC Foundation learners took on the Ten Tors Jubilee challenge once again, and some would say it was the hardest year yet due to extreme weather conditions. But despite the torrential rain, cold breeze and 50mph winds eight out of the...

May half term dates


The last day of term for WESC Foundation learners is Friday 24 May 2013. The finishing times will be 1pm for school learners and college learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed. The college will reopen for the s...

EAST and WESC’s fabulous fashion day


We are delighted that the fashion store, EAST, in Princesshay, is hosting a WESC Foundation fundraising fashion day on Saturday 25 May 2013 10am to 5pm and we   would  like to invite you to come along and enjoy: 15% discount on all pu...

Ofsted award Outstanding for WESC’s care provision


We are pleased to announce that our latest Ofsted Care inspection which took place in March 2013 has resulted in WESC Foundation being awarded with the highest accolade: outstanding. Read the report below and find out why the following areas are deem...

Fundraising newsletter out now!


We are pleased to announce our first fundraising newsletter in our new brand design is out now for you to enjoy. Find out all about what’s been happening in fundraising and how your support has been a tremendous help for the young people a...

WESC Factor – the results are in!


This year, WESC Foundation celebrates its 175th Anniversary. To celebrate this fantastic occasion WESC Foundation learners organised events and activities to mark this special milestone during this week, known as Founders’ Week. There have been...

May Day Bank Holiday Monday


WESC Foundation will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 6 May 2013. The college will reopen on Tuesday 7 May 2013, where residential learners will be welcome to book in from 8am and usual time for non-residential.  The school will also reopen on...

Annual International Conference


We are excited to say that our Annual International Conference is only a few days away, Tuesday 23 April and Wednesday 24 April 2013, but it’s not too late to book your place if you haven’t already. Why not join hundreds of people involved in vis...

Tollards room hire


We have two superb fully-equipped conference / training suites which are available to hire at an competitive rates. At a time when budgets are tight our conference facilities offer all the luxuries needed to make your event a success. Both conference...

WESC wins gold at South Devon School Sports Games


Ten WESC Foundation students, ranging from 9 to 20 years old, took part in the South Devon School Sports Games at Exeter University on 27 March 2013. A WESC team of four was entered in the Goalball event and two WESC teams of three were entered into...

A big chocolate covered Thank You!


A big Easter thank you to Phillip Weeks and all the staff at Virgin Money Exeter who have collected a “chocolatastic” 23 Easter eggs for the children at WESC Foundation. The team at Virgin Money have chosen to support WESC Foundation and have don...

National Visually Impaired Swimming Championships 2013


WESC Foundation took ten students ranging from 9 – 20 years old to compete in the British Blind Sport (BBS) National Schools VI Swimming Gala in Worcester last month with outstanding results! The aim of the event was to allow students who are v...

Easter holiday dates


The end of half term will be on Thursday 28 March 2013, and finishing times will be 1pm for school learners and college learners can leave from 1pm, although support is available until 4pm if needed.  The college will reopen for the start of the...

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