Prospectus and Brochure

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The WESC Foundation Prospectus and Brochure is provided below in an accessible web document alongside the PDF version.
Please note that this information was correct at the time of printing in January 2019, and is currently being reviewed and updated in each format.

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Introduction

 I hope that you will enjoy reading about the specialist services that WESC Foundation provides for children, young people and adults with a visual impairment and other complex needs. Our long history as a centre of education for blind and visually impaired people, our commitment to individualised person centred care and support, and our emphasis on research and evidence based practice makes us a unique organisation in the South West and the UK.

We have a spacious and adapted campus on the edge of the city of Exeter in Devon which we are updating and improving all the time to meet the changing needs of the young people who come here. We have recently opened our new Sensory Studio, fully equipped with state of the art technology. WESC Foundation has introduced supported internships to give students a clear pathway from college into paid or voluntary work. We have also opened our 10 acre horticulture site in East Devon offering work placements to a wide range of disabled and disadvantaged young people, as well as a fantastic outdoor learning environment for our students.

We have big plans to further to expand our adult care and support services, and to upgrade our educational facilities for our more complex learners. We also plan to develop new sports and performance spaces. WESC Foundation is constantly evolving so that it can better meet the needs of our young people and open up new opportunities to help equip them to have a full and varied adult life.

I do hope that this booklet will give you an insight into the services we offer, who we are and what matters to us, now and for the future. We welcome all enquiries from parents, young people, education and care professionals and commissioning local authorities, and look forward to welcoming you to WESC Foundation.

Jane Bell, CEO

About WESC Foundation

Vision and Mission

Our vision: A world where visually impaired young people with additional needs are able to take their place in society.

Our mission: WESC Foundation’s mission is to empower children, young people and adults with visual impairment and additional needs to live fulfilling young and adult lives through the delivery of a range of education, care and support services.

To succeed in our mission we will:

  • Provide outstanding services centred around our young people
  • Make best use of our specialist knowledge about visual impairment and complex needs
  • Work in partnership with others
  • Be a resilient, innovative and ambitious organisation and a great employer
  • Work to promote a society where our young people are valued for their contribution, and their rights and independence are supported

About our work

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

Education provision

  • Full time day or residential placements for a 38 week academic year in School (5-16) and College (16+)
  • Part time day or residential placements in School or College
  • 38 week education placements plus 14 week additional residential support for an all year round package
  • Supported internships and work experience placements
  • Outreach support in mainstream and specialist schools, colleges and universities

Therapy, mobility and health

  • Full therapy support to our students and young people covering speech and language, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and music therapy from our in-house specialist staff
  • Qualified mobility support from our in-house ROVI team
  • Health care from our nurse and healthcare assistant team

Adult care and support services

  • Full time residential care in St David’s House
  • Our adult day support service
  • Onsite and offsite supported living services
  • Residential respite and short breaks

Work placements and vocational support

  • Work placements and work opportunities for students and young people in the WESC Community
  • Work experience and work placements for young people in the wider community of Devon, including in our retail and horticulture enterprises
  • Supported internships combining education, employability skills training and work experience as a stepping stone to paid or voluntary employment

Education

We use our specialist Visual Impairment knowledge to develop high-quality experiences around each student’s needs. Learning happens everywhere, not just in the classroom; community learning, enrichment experiences, therapy and mobility are all integrated as part of WESC Foundation’s holistic approach to education.

WESC Foundation’s unique approach to education

Our education programmes equip students with the skills and knowledge to prepare for adulthood and achieve their maximum potential. WESC Foundation provides an individualised curriculum for young people aged 5-25 across School (ages 5-16) and College (ages 16-25), with accredited academic and vocational courses available. Whatever programme and options are chosen, each student will benefit from the wealth of experience and expertise WESC Foundation has in providing an individualised programme that caters for their specific needs, including their visual impairment.

All our teachers are qualified or in training for the Mandatory Qualification for teachers working with students with a visual impairment (MQVI) or with multi-sensory impairment (MSI). Our education team is headed up by professionals with significant experience in the education of students in SEND settings.

All our teaching staff work with classroom support teams who are trained in care to NVQ level 3 or above. All students have a Visual Impairment Profile which informs teachers and enablers about their specific visual impairment and how to support and adapt learning to take account of their needs.

All students can access:

  • Cross-campus sessions to encourage the mixing of peer groups
  • Enrichment activities such as art, dance, gardening, music, and sensory exploration
  • Activities that develop self-advocacy, independence and decision making
  • Activities that develop self-care skills, and skills used in daily life
  • Orientation and movement skills – through swimming, rebound, walking, biking, specific therapy, the multi gym, and a wide range of in-class activities
  • Participation and work skills through community engagement and on and off site activities

Students can attend WESC Foundation as a day student or on a residential basis, with both weekly or termly accommodation and support. We also offer split placements with schools and FE colleges. This is where the student attends a school or FE college for the main part of their studies but also attends WESC Foundation for a period of study, which may include specialist support around independent living, employability, mobility and orientation, access technology and Braille and/or access to our therapy team.

Our curriculum

We deliver our curriculum in school and college through two learning pathways: the Exe Learning Pathway for school and college students with visual impairment and moderate to severe learning difficulties, and the Dart Learning Pathway for school and college students with visual impairment and severe to profound and multiple learning difficulties.

Both pathways map onto the five areas of development within the student’s EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) and targets are set against frameworks which support their progress towards achieving their stated outcomes. These are:

  • Cognition and learning
  • Communication and interaction
  • Social and emotional well being
  • Sensory, physical and/or mental needs
  • Social care needs

School (ages 5 to 16)

The emphasis is on creating a safe, nurturing environment where younger students feel supported to develop the building blocks of their education. The focus within school will be based around the early phases of the national curriculum (‘I can’ statements). These statements have been incorporated as a starting point to allow progress to be tracked against key milestone criteria. School students will be assessed on entry and have targets set which aim to meet core outcomes from the EHCP and also support their development in moving through the cognitively-appropriate key stage.

Other areas of focus for WESC Foundation in supporting its school students include pastoral support through daily tutor times, weekly assemblies programme of themed activities, and immersion days throughout the year. Students reaching the end of their time in school (the end of Key Stage 4) will also be supported to begin developing their aspirations for life beyond WESC Foundation and be supported to access work experience opportunities.

College (ages 16+)

The emphasis in college is on building on the skills developed by students within previous Key Stages in order to prepare them for adult life beyond education. Our aim will be to up-skill each student with the tools required for them to meet the challenges they will experience within everyday life, whether that is in paid employment, a voluntary role, a regular activity or day-to-day living.

Using frameworks as guidance tools the students will, where appropriate, be involved in the process of setting realistic targets which will support their aspirations and help them achieve their chosen vocation. Once a destination has been agreed the college students will then be supported to access a learning pathway which suits their needs and facilitates their progression across all areas of their EHCP.

The Exe Learning Pathway

Every student following the Exe Learning Pathway will have an individualised time table that addresses their needs as a whole and will be supported by a tutor working with a tutor group. This programme offers distinct academic sessions working towards qualifications in English, Maths and ICT as core subjects (Ascentis Stepping Stone unit qualifications leading up to Level 2 – GCSE equivalent). We also offer a wide range of optional and vocational courses including art, science, design and technology, drama, horticulture, music, film and media, and radio production, plus access to a range of enrichment activities.

Young people who have specific academic or vocational aspirations or gifted talents could also be supported to access other general further education provision with partner organisations, with specialist support from WESC Foundation.

The Dart Learning Pathway

Students following the Dart Learning Pathway will be supported to develop appropriate levels of independence and autonomy in their daily lives. They are able to access educational sessions which focus on: developing communication, social interaction, developing the learning of new (or consolidation of existing) skills, and supporting the medical and therapeutic needs of the individual.

The Dart Programme is based on the Victoria multisensory impairment curriculum with specialist adaptations designed by WESC Foundation. Timings in the Dart Learning Pathway are more flexible to allow for differing paces of learning by students.

For many students their individual Education Plan will combine elements of both the Exe and the Dart pathway.

School and college residential accommodation

Our accommodation for students is part of our campus-wide learning environment and supports the ‘waking day’ curriculum for students.

WESC Foundation offers a range of accommodation in the Student Village which backs onto our garden and horticultural spaces. Student accommodation ranges from a smaller house for 4-5 people to a larger group living environment or a shared flat. Each type of accommodation has a shared kitchen, dining area, living room and laundry so that people can develop daily living skills and enjoy opportunities to socialise with their peers.

Young people have their own bedroom and are encouraged to personalise these spaces and make them their own. The residential areas are also specifically designed to support the individual’s mobility and visual impairment needs. Our bathrooms and shower rooms all have adapted facilities that encourage independence.

WESC Foundation’s enabling staff team provides support to our young people in their accommodation in areas such as cooking, shopping, meal planning, self-help, budgeting and money management, and other independent living skills. Our support has a clear focus on developing confidence and independence ready for adult life.

Our in-house catering team can provide for a wide range of needs and prepares food to meet each individual’s requirements, as well as supporting independent meal preparation in the houses. Food can be taken in our dining room or in the houses as desired.

WESC Foundation is undertaking a major refurbishment of its residential accommodation on campus to make it more homely, more modern, more accessible and to give students greater privacy. We are looking at developing new accommodation offers for students both on campus and off-site.

Review and Transition

The primary goal of WESC Foundation is to support a young person into adulthood, maximising their independence and autonomy so that they can achieve their goals and aspirations.

We hold annual reviews to ensure that the package of education and support for each of our young people is able to adapt to meet any changing needs.

We pride ourselves on supporting young people to their chosen destination through a comprehensive transition programme. This could be an internal move from School to College at 16, a move from College into a supported environment such as residential care or supported living, or into an independent life in the community.

In order to make this process a smooth and positive experience we create a destination profile which guides the progress of the young person through their time with WESC Foundation. A transition plan is devised involving them, their family, external supporting agencies and where appropriate any new provider of support services.

A programme of visits and exchanges into any new environment ensures the young person is fully prepared for the next stage of their journey. The process facilitates sharing of all information including the care plan, mobility programmes, health issues, and therapy needs.

Employment and Work Skills

We believe that each of our young people can contribute to society and have a positive impact upon the world around them, regardless of disability. For many this might be through employment or voluntary work after they leave WESC Foundation.

Social enterprise and employability

We help to prepare students for life after their time at WESC Foundation, instilling in them the self-confidence, belief and skills necessary to aid transition into adulthood and the world of work.

Learning happens everywhere, including in the classroom and part of personalised training in real working environments. Led by our own social enterprise team, our managers and trainers empower young people to meet their full potential, helping them learn their journeys to work and providing assistance during the work placement itself.

Charity shops and e-commerce

Work placements in the WESC Foundation charity shops offer opportunities to gain retail experience in a supported environment. Shops and tills are adapted to provide best access for all young people on placements, and staff are given specific training and support to best-equip them for supervising work placements.

As well as five charity shops in Exeter and East Devon, there is also a thriving eBay store. It handles thousands of transactions each year, providing the chance to gain experience in the busy world of e-commerce.

Partnerships and supported internships

We work with a number of partner organisations who offer WESC Foundation students workplace opportunities across a range of industries. Recent collaborations have included employers such as Crealy Adventure Park, KFC, Powderham Castle and Station Garage, Topsham.

Supported internships are also offered, usually for a year, to students coming to the end of their time in college. Young people are supported by a mentor and a job coach, and these placements are often a stepping stone between work experience and an apprenticeship or paid employment. We have supported students in a variety of areas including catering, horticulture, education training, maintenance and social enterprise.

Horticulture

Following the success of the horticulture project at the Exeter campus, WESC Foundation has acquired a 10 acre site at West Hill, near Ottery St Mary. It currently contains a sensory garden, a wooded area with a forest school, several polytunnels and a large glasshouse, extensive meadowlands, and a growing kitchen garden.

The site is supported by a small classroom and adapted toilet facilities, and allows us

to offer accredited training and vocational qualifications in horticulture. Staff, volunteers and students work together to manage the site’s development, including clearing paths, building bridges, and managing landscaping. Young people also learn about commercial industry, with plants, vegetables and other produce grown on site sold to WESC Foundation’s commercial partners in the area.

Therapy, Mobility and Health

Our students may need additional support and services to fully access learning opportunities, to promote independence, develop functional skills and maintain physical and emotional well-being. This support is delivered across the campus by our therapy, mobility and health care team as a fully integrated programme alongside education and care, as well as specialist stand-alone sessions.

Therapy

Our specialist onsite therapy team includes experienced Physiotherapists, Speech and Language therapists, Occupational therapists, a Music therapist and access to a Clinical Psychologist.

WESC Foundation has a state of the art sensory studio, a hydrotherapy pool, a gym, two large trampolines for rebound therapy sessions, an eye gaze room to help young people control a computer with their eyes, and access to a wide range of specialist equipment including standers, walkers and adapted kitchens and kitchen equipment. We also have Winston, our indoor horse simulator, and access to local Riding for the Disabled sessions. There are several outdoor sensory environments on campus and at our dedicated horticulture site at West Hill.

We also have specialists who can support our young people with the use of Augmentative and Assistive Communication (AAC) and access and assistive technology. This includes the use of a wide variety of hardware and software specifically designed to promote communication and language development as well as enabling young people to have control over their environment, and maximise the sight they may have.

Mobility and orientation

WESC Foundation is an expert in mobility and orientation training, which is an essential element in the development of independence and  personal autonomy for our young people. Mobility sessions are tailored  to the individual and based on a comprehensive initial assessment of  skills and needs. Training programmes range from increasing young people’s awareness of different environments, to supporting individuals in becoming efficient independent travellers in the community.

Mobility support is delivered on a one-to-one basis by qualified Rehabilitation (ROVI) and Habilitation specialists. Increasingly the mobility team is using developing technologies such as mobile apps to support people to access the local community.

We offer:

  • Individual mobility and independence training for young people throughout the School and College
  • Experience of busy environments in the local and wider communities
  • Experience of travel by public transport
  • Systematic route tuition according to individual need
  • Development of low vision strategies and skills
  • Low light assessment and planning

Health Care

The health team work together with other staff to develop independence and encourage young people to take responsibility for their own health and well-being. Our on-site health team contributes to multi-professional working and offers an holistic approach to health issues, including sexual health and relationships, healthy lifestyles and nutrition, management of long term health or illness, and support with medication.

Young people and adults have access to a number of external health professionals that visit the campus, including:

  • a general practitioner
  • access to paediatricians
  • ophthalmologist, optometrist and orthoptist clinics
  • a dietician
  • audiometry clinics
  • orthotic clinics
  • wheelchair service

Health appointments can also be made off-site, supported by enabling staff as required and hospital admissions are also supported when needed. There is always 24/7 support for all young people in the event of a health care emergency.

Adult Care and Support Services

WESC Foundation has expanded its services beyond the School and College. We also provide a range of additional services for young adults with visual impairment and complex needs. These provide person-centred care and support which enables young adults to continue to develop their skills and independence, either as part of a pathway to more independent living arrangements or as their long term destination.

Our adult care and support services are open to young adults transitioning from WESC Foundation’s own education provision as well as people currently living in the community who have not been part of the WESC family before.

Residential care

WESC Foundation has a specialist residential care centre called St David’s House. Here we offer up to 20 young adults an individualised care package and enrichment programme that supports independence, develops daily living skills, and helps people access leisure, social and vocational opportunities in the local community.

St David’s House offers an adapted and visual impairment friendly environment in three separate lodges – Ash, Maple and Mulberry. Each lodge has an adapted kitchen, a large lounge space, adapted bathrooms, and access to sensory spaces. Bedrooms can be equipped with hoists and other specialist equipment to meet the needs of each individual, and our aim is to create a homely and personalised environment whilst also delivering specialist care.

The emphasis in St David’s House is on offering a full and active life, making use of the facilities available on the WESC Foundation campus, as well as accessing a huge range of activities and services in the local community using our fleet of adapted vehicles. Activities are planned around the wishes of each individual and the staff team are incredibly responsive and flexible to ensure that each person is living the life they choose.

St David’s House is registered with the Care Quality Commission as a provider of accommodation for people who require personal care with nursing. WESC Foundation employs a team of care staff that support and enable the young people 24/7 throughout the year.

Supported housing

WESC Foundation is able to offer supported housing environments in one of our four houses in the Exeter area. These specially-adapted environments provide the perfect opportunity to transition into living in the community. Two houses (Cornwall and Dulverton) are on the Topsham Road bordering onto (but separate from) the main WESC Foundation campus. Two further properties are situated within the community on a newly-built housing estate just a mile from WESC Foundation.

We employ a supported living team which works with each young person to enable them to develop a life in their local community, increasing their independence and daily living skills. The team also provides support to assist with access to employment.

Supported living is usually funded by the person using the service and the referring local authority. The young person can be supported to claim relevant benefits such as housing benefit to help them meet costs such as rent and household costs. They may need to pay something towards the support element depending on the charging policy of the referring local authority. The service can also be entirely bought by the person using the service including using a direct payment.

Adult Day Services

WESC Foundation has an Adult Day Service which offers help and support to people aged 18+ who are blind or visually impaired. The service offers a range of activities to develop skills and meet care needs between 9.00 and 5.00.

A typical day might include cookery, swimming and arts and crafts. Access to specialist therapies can also be incorporated, including Rebound therapy and the hydrotherapy pool.

Our day support service is usually funded by the referring adult social care department, and the young person may need to pay something towards the package. The service can also be entirely bought by the person using the service, including using a direct payment.

How to access our adult care and support services

Any young person using our community services can access WESC Foundation’s therapy and mobility support. Sometimes this might be part of an agreed package of funded support, or it can be bought as an additional service. The young people who use our community services are a valued part of the WESC Foundation Community and get involved with on-site activities and social activities as they wish.

Visit us to find out more about our adult care and support provision, and find out whether our service would meet your needs.

Once a referral is received and we have an indication that funding would be available we can start to organise the assessment process. This helps us to understand the needs and aspirations of the person and to start planning how we could meet them.

Being part of the WESC Community

Getting out and about

  • develop your cycling skills using specially-adapted bikes
  • access our onsite swimming centre with a 25m heated pool
  • head out to the horticulture site in East Devon and explore the meadow and woodland environment (including forest school)
  • Go sailing on the River Exe
  • ride a horse with our friends at “Acorn and Squirrels” (the local branch of Riding for the Disabled)
  • get outdoors with trekking and camping, including the Jubilee Challenge at the Ten Tors event

Broadcast to the world

We have our very own campus radio station, VI Radio, which broadcasts its eclectic range of shows on the internet. All the presenters and DJs are students and residents at WESC Foundation, and you can get involved as part of an academic programme or just as a hobby. Find out when the station is broadcasting or listen to a podcast online at www.viradio.org.uk

Time to celebrate

There are always plenty of other parties throughout the year. Enjoy discos, summer BBQs, a spooky Halloween social, Burns Night music and dancing, and other ad hoc events and experiences throughout the year. Performances allow everyone at WESC Foundation to get involved, with recent highlights including the pantomime, Christmas concert and even a performance of the musical Grease.

At the end of each year we hold a special celebration for all our young people. The WESC Foundation Annual Achievement Awards recognise the huge achievements made by everyone across all our services, and bring the whole community together for a memorable ceremony in our huge marquee.

It’s all about you

Pastoral support is available for all our students. There is also an opportunity for everyone to have access to an Independent Visitor.

Parents as partners

We keep in regular contact with parents and families throughout the year and there are opportunities for parents of young people in education to meet with teaching staff each term. Parents can attend performances and celebrations, as well as take an active role as we continue to develop our facilities and services.

Accommodation

If you are going to be a student and live with us on a weekly or termly basis then you can find out more about School and College accommodation in the relevant section of this document. If you are going to be living in St David’s House then please read about our three special lodges in the relevant section of this document..

Independent living skills

We support all our young people across all our services to realise their potential and increase their independence by ensuring that life skills are embedded into any academic or house based activities. This may include

  • Independence at home with daily tasks like laundry and making the bed
  • Mobility and dexterity
  • Relationships with others
  • Money management
  • Managing health needs
  • Self advocacy
  • Risk awareness and management
  • Emotional well being

 

Sharing our expertise with others

Research and Development

WESC Foundation is committed to delivering high quality education and care that is specifically focused on the learning needs of young people with visual impairment and complex needs. Central to this is an objective to main and develop our knowledge in line with current research and industry developments. To this end we employ a research scientist who collaborates with internal, national and international specialists in visual impairments and cerebral visual impairments. We support active research projects that would increase learning in our area of specialty, with the aim of bringing practical, evidence-based advances into our teaching and learning environment. We also present our work in national and internal arenas, thus sharing our knowledge for a wider impact.

Neurological/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)

WESC Foundation is able to offer specialist ‘CVI Range’ assessments to families, local authorities or other agencies who want to gain a better understanding of a young person’s functional vision, and are usually followed by some positive suggestions and strategies for making the most effective use of that vision. Assessments are conducted by our staff who are qualified and experienced in CVI range assessments and in the education and habilitation of young people with a visual impairment. There is a charge for specialist assessments.

VI Outreach and consultancy services

WESC Foundation can offer expertise to individuals and organisations over and above the services delivered from our Exeter campus. Our Education Outreach Service supports young people with visual impairment in mainstream and special schools, colleges and universities. We currently provide the Visual Impairment Advisory Service and SEN ICT/ Access Technology Advisory Service across all Torbay mainstream and special schools. This includes school, SENDCO, teacher, parent and pupil support from our QTVI Lead Practitioner and input from our Mobility & Orientation, Braille and Access Technology specialists to give advice to staff about teaching and learning strategies, staff training and VI friendly environments. We also work in partnership with other education providers both through annual contracts and individual visits.

We can also provide Individual Outreach Support to young people and adults with a visual impairment who are not in education, but who would find access to our services and expertise helpful. This includes access to Adult Braille tuition, mobility and access/ assistive technology skills training and support with employability skills. These services may be arranged through partnership programmes with other organisations such as PETROC College, or directly with WESC Foundation.

We can provide consultancy and advice to organisations seeking to make their spaces and services more visual impairment-friendly. Recently staff and students offered consultancy to the Guildhall in Exeter. Students have also worked with various Devon visitor attractions to improve accessibility and signage. Our Social Enterprise team works with a number of employers supporting them to develop VI friendly accessible workplaces.

Training and Education

WESC Foundation can offer training and education courses on awareness of visual impairments and how to support people. These might include bespoke sessions for businesses who want to improve their visual impairment awareness. We also run regional and national conferences on aspects of visual impairment, complex needs and special education. These events are publicised widely, including on our own website.

Hire our specialist facilities and conference spaces

We hire our 25m heated pool to swimming groups, and for commercial use when not needed by our students. We can also offer hire of our specialist sensory suite and small hydrotherapy pool to other care and support organisations. Our site is conveniently situated outside Exeter city centre and is just minutes from junctions connecting with the M5 and A30/A38. Parking facilities are available, and the campus is fully accessible. All income derived from the hire of our facilities goes back into the charity to improve and extend our work with young people with complex needs.

How you can help

So much of the work with our young people is only possible thanks to the generosity of our supporters, and the commitment of our volunteers. We have big plans to expand our provision, including the development of a significant new centre for education at our Exeter campus, so your support is more important than ever.

Sign-up to receive news and updates

We would love to keep in touch and tell you about all the exciting things happening at WESC Foundation this year, including details of events, major projects and the launch of the Friends of WESC Foundation. Find out more about our email mailing list at www.wescfoundation.ac.uk

Make a one-off donation

  • Donate online via JustGiving justgiving.com/wesc
  • Send a cheque (payable to ‘WESC Foundation’) to: Fundraising, WESC Foundation, Topsham Road EXETER, EX2 6HA

Make a regular donation by standing order, or remember us in your will

If you are considering leaving a legacy to WESC Foundation or if you would like to make regular donations to support our work then please email the fundraising team or call 01392 454343.

Did you know that WESC Foundation has three charity shops in Exeter (Sidwell Street, Cowick Street and Heavitree) and one each in Sidmouth and Honiton? If you can’t make it along to one of our Exeter or East Devon shops then why not find us on eBay? Our shops are all part of our social enterprise portfolio, and all profits are reinvested into programmes that help our students prepare to transition into adulthood and life after their time at WESC Foundation.

Run, Jump or Skydive for WESC Foundation

Planning a skydive, training for the Great West Run or London Marathon, or maybe another sponsored challenge? Get in touch to talk about how you can raise sponsorship for WESC Foundation.

Organise a fundraising event for us

We are grateful to everyone who organises fundraising events on our behalf. Please check out our easy guide to running your WESC Foundation Fundraiser online, or discuss your idea with the Fundraising team.

Volunteer for us, or apply for a job

Working or volunteering for WESC Foundation gives you the chance to join a successful and growing organisation and make a positive difference to the lives of those with a visual impairment and other disabilities. We have many employed positions including enablers, domestic staff, teachers and therapists who support our young people to live independent lives. Our team also includes fundraising, administrative and business support staff. Volunteers support us in many different ways, including working in our shops, helping to develop our two horticultural projects, working at fundraising events and assisting with collections Vacancies are advertised widely, including on our own website. WESC Foundation Vacancies

Become a Trustee

Could you help drive our charity forward and help make a difference to the lives of our young people? We are looking to recruit new Trustees to our board. All our Trustees are volunteers, and help us with governance and strategic planning. The positions are unremunerated although expenses are reimbursable.

Become a partner organisation

Could you offer us work placement opportunities for our young people, or free/ discounted supplies? Contact us to find out more about becoming a WESC Foundation Partner.

Contact details and other information

Address

WESC Foundation

Topsham Road

Countess Wear

Exeter

Devon EX2 6HA

Telephone 01392 454200

Email WESC Foundation

Equality statement

WESC Foundation is committed to equality and diversity. We welcome applicants regardless of racial, ethnic or national origin, religion or beliefs, disability, sexuality, age or responsibilities for dependants. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

If you need this information in a different language or in another format such as Braille, audiotape, large print or on a CD please contact: enquiries@wescfoundation.ac.uk

WESC Foundation® is a Registered Trade Mark.

WESC Foundation is a company limited by guarantee.

Company Registered Number: 06938379

Charity Registered Number: 1058937

This publication is correct at the time of writing in January 2019.