COVID-19 Update WESC Foundation

22 February 2021

Our work continues

Young people with complex needs and visual impairment often face barriers to learning, living and taking an active, independent place in society. Our charity (including the special school and specialist college) remains open, and will continue to provide the specialist expertise, equipment and adapted facilities to inspire, challenge and empower them to live their best lives.

All of WESC Foundation’s services for children and young adults with visual impairment and complex needs will continue to operate. This includes the school, college, adult day services, St David’s House and supported living accommodation. Only essential visitors to the site are permitted.

The past year has been challenging for our charity. We have worked to stay open throughout COVID-19, with our staff providing a critical service to support the young people who so desperately need our help. The introduction of PPE and COVID-safe measures has brought new financial challenges, and with the reduction in fundraising income and cancellation of fundraising events we need your help more than ever.

Young people with vision impairment and complex needs face so many barriers to living fulfilling lives in the community. Local authorities provide basic support, but at WESC Foundation we need the help of our supporters to make sure that we can still offer the live-changing essentials like:

  • a fully equipped sensory room
  • mobility and therapy support from employed staff who know our young people well
  • an adapted campus
  • the best equipment and technology to help with communication and independence
  • hydrotherapy and water therapy centres to meet our students’ physical needs

Charity shops and online shopping

Our charity shops are currently closed. You can still shop online or make a donation to support our work with blind and partially sighted children and young adults.

You can still shop online using our eBay store.

We are still able to carry out some collections of donated items in line with COVID-19 safe procedures. Please email Mark to find out more.

How you can help

Young man in a wheelchair with a member of staff walking behind

People who are blind or partially sighted need additional help during the time of COVID-19.

Children with additional, complex needs often need extra, specialist support throughout the day. New national restrictions or lockdowns do not change this, and our team of carers, teachers, nurses, therapists and other professionals will continue to work throughout November.

Your donation could give the gift of a brighter future to these inspirational children and young adults – and their families – and allow us to continue to meet their needs throughout lockdown.

Please consider making a gift to WESC Foundation.

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