MP visits specialist young people’s charity in Exeter

29 July 2020

Simon Jupp MP had the chance to see things a little differently when he visited WESC Foundation yesterday.

He wore special glasses that simulate different types of visual impairment for part of his tour of the charity’s campus, which sits within his East Devon constituency on the edge of Exeter.

During the visit the Member of Parliament met with staff who demonstrated the charity’s state of the art sensory suite, hydrotherapy pools and accommodation adapted for youngsters with physical disabilities.

He also saw the revolutionary talking till that WESC Foundation has developed to enable anyone with a visual impairment to work independently in a retail environment.

Simon Jupp MP said:

“I really enjoyed a valuable visit to the WESC Foundation to find out more about the incredible work they do to improve the lives of young people with visual impairment and complex needs. We should all be proud of the innovative and truly life-changing work taking place on our doorstep here in Devon to transform the lives of so many young people from the county and beyond.”

Jane Bell, CEO of WESC Foundation said:

“It was good to meet Simon and highlight the vital work that our staff do to empower these special young people to live their best lives. We also had a chance to discuss some of our exciting plans for the future including our ongoing Home from Home fundraising appeal”.

WESC Foundation offers a range of educational, care and support services to children, young people and adults with visual impairment and other complex needs.

It provides young people from across the UK with full time residential care, a comprehensive mobility, orientation and therapy programme, work experience and employability skills, in addition to education in a specialist school and college.

Pictured: Cllr Andrew Leadbetter (Devon County Council and WESC Foundation Trustee), Jane Bell (WESC Foundation CEO), Simon Jupp MP.

Andrew Leadbetter, Jane Bell and Simon Jupp MP standing in the WESC Foundation garden

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