VI Outreach Services

WESC Foundation’s Outreach Services can support young people with visual impairment in mainstream and special schools, colleges and universities. The specialist support we provide to these schools, colleges and universities can include: staff training, direct pupil support, physical access and environmental audits as well as other development activities, plus joint funding bids.  

Five members of the WESC Foundation outreach team standing together outside. Two are with their guide dogs

How we can help

Our network of partnerships is quite diverse and can support young people and adults in  the  wider community. This support can include practical classroom advice for staff and pupils, student advocacy support, mobility and orientation training, transition work, independence skills, Braille, ICT, access technology, exam access advice & CVI Assessments.

We are a dynamic Outreach team who relish our involvement with staff and students in a variety of settings. 

Visual Impairment Awareness Training

As part of our training offer we have Visual Impairment Awareness Training Modules 1 & 2 ready to go; these can be adapted for a variety of groups; either Teachers, Senior Managers or Teaching Assistants and Enablers. 

Split placements

As part of our Outreach Services we also offer split placements with schools and FE colleges. This is where the learner attends the school/FE college for part of their studies and they also attend WESC Foundation for either a short residential period of study, or weekly/termly. This includes specialist skills such as independent living, employability, mobility and orientation, access technology and Braille. 

Who we help

WESC Foundation Outreach Services are available to Local Authorities and individual schools, colleges and universities. 

In the past we have had partnership agreements with, and carried out VI Assessments for a wide variety of education providers including: 

  • New Fosseway Special School, Bristol 
  • Maynard School, Exeter 
  • Wellington School  
  • Dawlish Community College  
  • Guernsey Education Department 
  • Cornwall College 
  • Exeter College  
  • Somerset College 
  • Weston College 
  • City of Bristol College 
  • University of Exeter