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This year’s Palmer and Howells catering competition: Food Noise!

Judges from Palmer and Howells, which supports WESC Foundation’s in-house catering team, were onsite earlier this week to judge their annual schools competition. Given this year’s theme of ‘food noise’ the WESC Foundation students developed their own menus and noisy food ideas to present to the visiting judges. Entering the dinging room via a noisy pasta … Continued

Planting #FreeTrees at West Hill

Students from WESC Foundation have begun planting new trees thanks to a donation from The Woodland Trust. Over 100 saplings will be used to help develop the charity’s East Devon horticulture site at West Hill, near Ottery St Mary. The hardy species include hawthorn, holly, goat willow, and the new trees will be deployed across … Continued

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) technology, which experts hope will revolutionise accessibility for disabled staff in the retail sector. Our award-winning Social Enterprise team, three of whom are themselves registered as blind, already help till operators with visual impairment to access existing touch-screen … Continued

Lions fund improvements to facilities

Imagine being visually impaired and having to navigate your way around an unfamiliar toilet, perhaps having to resort to feeling your way around the surfaces with your hands. For most of us it’s not a prospect that we would relish, but thanks to funding from Lions Clubs around Devon it’s about to become a thing … Continued

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, the South West’s leading Technology Managed Service Provider – will take place on Thursday 9th May 2019 at … Continued

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, with Bruce Bogtrotter (Matilda), the Smartest Giant in Town, several witches and wizards, Wally (Where’s Wally), … Continued

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 Dartmoor, covering distances between 5 and a staggering 9.5 miles. Accompanying staff were very impressed by the students’ … Continued

Sidford volunteer builds bridge for disabled youngsters

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 Country Works” in West Hill, near Ottery St Mary. He started volunteering after helping out one summer, and … Continued

CITY Community Trust success for Will

Congratulations to Will who has 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, Employment or training (NEET). There is a focus on life and employability skills, as well as various workshops … Continued

Pilot study shows the potential benefits of video games for visually-impaired children

Results from a pioneering video game study, developed by an Exeter charity to help children and young people with visual field loss caused by brain injury, have been announced in a leading academic journal. Scientists from institutions including WESC Foundation (the south west’s specialist centre for visual impairment) and the University of Lincoln found that … Continued