New outdoor play equipment will benefit young people at WESC Foundation
20 November 2019
Pupils and staff of the WESC Foundation had a day to remember this week (14 November) as representatives of the Lord’s Taverners were on hand to officially unveil the Exeter based charity’s new outdoor play equipment on behalf of the charity.
WESC Foundation is a specialist day and residential centre for children and young adults living with visual impairment and complex needs. Representatives of the Lord’s Taverners (including WESC Foundation Ambassador Judi Spiers) met young people from across the UK, all of whom access a range of education and support services which are tailored around their visual impairment and help to prepare them for adulthood.
The new play equipment will provide a safe environment that helps improve the pupils’ processing, communication and interaction skills. It is essential that those who live with disabilities have access to suitable and adapted outdoor play equipment, and this also provides opportunities for learning around the campus, not just the classroom.
The installation of the new outdoor play equipment was made possible thanks to a £12,000 grant from the Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, dedicated to giving disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.
WESC Foundation Chief Executive Office, Jane Bell, said:
“Thanks to the Lord’s Taverners we are now able to provide our young people with a range of new sensory interactions around our beautiful 14 acre campus. This is an important part of learning, is essential for the improvement of physical and mental health, and helps develop their emotional responses and learning skills”
Jill Brown, Chair of the Lady Taverners in Devon and Cornwall, commented:
“It was enlightening to see the young people at the school with huge smiles on their faces, telling us how much they enjoy the specially adapted outdoor play space equipment we have given them. For the charity, it reminds us of how impactful our fundraising is in the region, when we see the end result and the pleasure it gives young people living with disabilities.”
Lord’s Taverners Chief Executive, Paul Robin, added:
“The Lord’s Taverners is dedicated to giving young people a sporting chance so we are delighted to present this new outdoor play equipment to the WESC Foundation. This new equipment will benefit the teachers, carers and families of young people supported by WESC Foundation, and enhance their learning experience and future development.”
Pictured (Left to Right): Matt Smith (Director of Education, WESC Foundation), Jane Bell (CEO, WESC Foundation), Julia Ford (The Lady Taverners), Rosie Bowden (The Lady Taverners), David Kirk (The Lord’s Taverners), Jill Brown (The Lady Taverners), Judi Spiers (WESC Foundation Ambassador and President of the Lady Taverners in Devon and Cornwall), Damian Cook (The Lord’s Taverners)
Photo: Farwood Photograph