BASH Awards success for WESC Foundation students

27 March 2019

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 achievements successes of the past 12 months. All of have a visual impairment and either attend WESC Foundation’s education provision, or access other services such as supported living accommodation or internships.

Organised by Devon and Cornwall Police, the BASH Awards is an annual event that aims to ensure everyone, no matter what their disability, has choices and a good quality of life. They celebrate the empowerment of people, promoting greater awareness of people’s rights and supporting effective and safe participation in communities.

Alex and Susan both impressed the judges with the healthy choices they had made around food, drink and exercise, whilst football-lover Dan turned his love of video games into a passion for playing the sport and making new friends. Ben, who recently completed a supported internship in WESC Foundation’s social enterprise department, was another runner up in the Community Champion category.

College student Katie was nominated for acts of kindness working with animals (including the guide dog of a WESC Foundation member of staff), whilst former students Tom and Ruari (both of whom are involved with the charity’s social enterprises) also received certificates.

Jane Bell, WESC Foundation CEO, said:

“Being nominated for these awards is a wonderful way of recognising all the things our young people achieve throughout their time at WESC Foundation, and we are hugely proud of all they have done.

“This evening was all about celebrating them and their positive choices, and they will all remember the occasion for a long time to come”

WESC Foundation is Exeter’s specialist centre for visual impairment, and has worked to support and educate young people since the 19th century. The Topsham Road campus now also includes an adult day provision, supported living accommodation and a residential home for young adults. Off-campus services have expanded in recent years to include outreach services to schools and businesses around the region, a thriving eBay store, five charity shops and a horticulture project near Ottery St Mary in Easter Devon.

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