Home from Home

COVID-19 has meant that many of us have been unable to leave our homes. The children and young people at WESC Foundation, a specialist provision for children and young adults with visual impairment and complex needs, are no different.

Today, they need your help to transform their old, outdated facilities into modern living accommodation with specially adapted equipment where they can learn key life skills and live as independently as possible. Together, we can create their fit for purpose home-from-home.

Why do our young people need a home from home?

Much of our accommodation was built in the 1970s and 1980s to support students at the old West of England School and College.

The young people who spend all or much of the year at WESC Foundation in 2020 also have other complex needs including autism, cerebral palsy and, sadly, life limiting illnesses too.

Many of their needs simply can’t be met by these ageing buildings.

What do we want to provide?

With your help we want to:

  • add state of the art hoists to all our accommodation to enable a student at WESC Foundation to more easily transfer from a wheelchair or bed or get into the bath or use the toilet
  • create bedrooms that feel like home, especially when their home is far away
  • modernise shared and personal spaces with lighting, flooring and walls that create a better environment to support a young person’s visual impairment or remaining useful vision
  • adapt kitchens that can be used by blind and partially sighted teenagers more independently, either standing or in a wheelchair
  • create comfortable social spaces for young adults to relax with their friends

How you can help create a Home from Home

Donate by text

Text BEDROOM to 70085 to donate £5.

Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text BEDROOMNOINFO to 70085.

Pledge to the Big Give now, but donate later

WESC Foundation is taking part in the 2020 Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. For this Challenge we are seeking individuals, companies or Trusts who can make promises of funding, called ‘Pledges’ during the summer which will be used as match funds to double online donations made during the campaign in December.

Your commitment of funding might also help us to secure additional match funds via a Champion (sourced by the Big Give).

This means that a pledge of £100 could be worth £400 to WESC Foundation by the end of the year.

How it works

  1. We secure pledges of £2,500 by 28th August 2020
  2. A Big Give Champion has the opportunity to fully or partially match the pledged funds
  3. We secure online donations during the Big Give Christmas Challenge campaign week (1st to 8th December 2020) to match the total from our pledges and Big Give Champion
  4. Pledges are fulfilled between 9th December 2020 and 15th January 2021.

How to make a pledge

All pledges need to be made using the online form, and no later than 5pm on 28th August 2020.

Make a pledge to WESC Foundation