What we do
The WESC Foundation is a specialist day and residential centre offering a unique experience for young people and adults with visual impairment including complex needs. Our commitment is to excellence and innovation at a national and international level.
We provide high-quality education and care that increases our learners’ opportunities and raises their expectations.
By working with universities and international specialists, we are advancing our knowledge and practice of neuro-science, making us a leading specialist centre for visual impairment.
Our innovative learner-centred approach applies the latest techniques designed to transform the lives of our young people and adults.
We are committed to inclusion, increasing independence, achieving results and creating a fun and social place to live and study.
The BEST charity pub quiz in Exeter is back again from 7pm, here at WESC in the school hall. Teams can be up to 6 people and we are charging £8 per person, but this will include a delicious buffet and a licensed bar will be available. There will also be a top prize for the winning team and a great raffle. There will be 8 rounds, covering topics ranging from history, sport and science to film, TV, literature and current affairs, as well as brain teasing, picture rounds. Here is the link to the information page on our website;
Join our team of collectors at Sandy Park as WESC are chosen charity of Exeter Foundation’s collection at an Exeter Chiefs home match. Experince the atmosphere and see much of the game whilst helping to raise much needed funds for children and young adults with visual impairments.
Teams and individuals race through mud and obstacles. WESC are looking to recruit 30 adventurous and energetic people to run on our behalf. Distances of 5km, 10km and 15km with some unusual objects to negotiate as you go!
If you pledge to raise £100 for us you can receive a free place and WESC fundraising t shirt and our support.
Its’ Family day at Exeter Races – with lots of other entertainment as well as a full race programme. It’s also the day that Exeter Racecourse have nominated WESC as their chosen charity for the day so we will be out in force for the collection in the main stand and having an information point
WESC Foundation Dartmoor Adventure Days are a fun and challenging day out for groups of friends or work colleagues. They are an ideal bonding and team building challenge, as well as raising funds for WESC Foundation. There are currently four dates available – 26th April; 28th June; 23rd August and 26th October. The day will include roped climbs, an abseil, a river traverse all linked by a beautiful walk in Dartmoor National Park.
Coffee on arrival at WESC – transport provided to Dartmoor. Full instruction given on a climb and abseil – simple lunch provided, then transport back to WESC Foundation. £28 per person with a pledge to raise £100 in sponsorship.
3rd May – ‘Walk for WESC’ is now established as a beautiful, family afternoon out in spring to enjoy one of three wonderful walks through the private estateland of Ugbrooke House, in Chudleigh. The day also features the ceremony of the crowning of the Chudleigh Carnival Queen with refreshments served in the historic house orangery within the beautiful private gardens. Free entry for those walking and raising sponsorship for us – or £5 for those who are coming for the cream teas and gardens.
WESC Foundation Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Friday May 15th at Sidmouth Golf Club. Again the entry of £200 per team will include breakfast, a light lunch at the 10th, and dinner, as well as a top prize for the winning team, fab raffle prizes and lots of fun mini competitions throughout the day. Book early is advised as team places are limited.
The First ever Exeter ‘White Cane Awareness Walk’ Friday 5th June
Starting and finishing at Exeter Cathedral – and following a short introduction and training on the use of a white cane from WESC Foundation mobility team specialists – you will be blindfolded and accompanied by a guide on a route around Exeter City Centre. Experience a very different walk and try and accomplish some very simple tasks en route and gain understanding of the challenges faced by our visually impaired students on a daily level.
Skydive World Record Attempt 2015 – Join the WESC Team!
June 20th 2015 Skydive UK will be trying to break their own Tandem skydive record and we will be recruiting daredevils from WESC to take part!
You can either do this as a ‘Jump for free’ scheme where you need raise £395 for WESC to receive a free charity jump – or you can of course pay your jump fee yourself and then just raise whatever you can on our behalf.
If you can’t make the 20th June date – then Skydive UK operate the same system on most weekends throughout the year (though not trying to break a world record) – book on line through Skydive UK’s website and choose ‘WESC Foundation on their charity page.
Dates at weekends throughout the year – check http://www.Skydive UK.com for full details and availability
Dining in the Dark – NOVEMBER is an exclusive gourmet meal and wine tasting evening in the unique surroundings of The Salutation Inn, Topsham, but with a difference; you will be eating and drinking in the pitch darkness! Three new dates in November (t.b.c) will be announced and all profits from these evenings will go to WESC Foundation.
October tbc – Fashion Show
The WESC Fashion show, hosted by Judi Spears featuring the fashion collection of REISS, Thursday October
Champagne and canapé reception followed by full cat-walk experience with models from Exeter College Fashion and Design presenting a full range of ladies and men’s fashions from the high street store REISS.
Challenge Event Dates for events in 2015 and 2016
Across the divide
Raise money for WESC by climbing Kilimanjaro. Across the divide have been running treks to Kilimanjaro for over ten years but they have a terrific success rate. You are TWICE AS LIKELY to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro with Across the Divide!
Trek to Machu Picchu
Raise money for WESC by participating in the Peru trek to Machu Picchu. The Lost City of Machu Picchu is one of the great wonders of the world and Somerset company Across the Divide offers a unique trek which takes a less used route, away from the hustle and bustle of the main Inca Trail, to this iconic site.
London to Paris Cycle Ride
Raise money for WESC by joining the London to Paris cycle ride. London to Paris is a classic iconic cycling journey and a great challenge that has to be on everyone’s list to tick off. Across the Divide have been running London to Paris bike rides for six years, we have a well established route, and an experienced team which means you will be in safe hands from start to finish.
The Fly drive team challenge (date t.b.c)
Teams of three take on a round robin competition featuring tasks as varied as landing a Boeing 737 (on an actual size 180 degree simulator ) driving a 4×4 course – part of which whilst blindfolded through the forest at Ugbrooke Park as well as clay pigeon shooting and some other ‘command challenges’ to see which Corporate team is the ultimate all rounder’s!
(cost t.b.c with sponsorship pledge per team)
Looking for something to do? Why not pop along to one of the fantastic events raising funds for us?
Real people saving real lives
This section is headed ‘Our Service’ but in fact it’s not, it’s ‘Your Service’!
Devon has two Air Ambulances because of the support and hard work of the community, businesses and friends of Devon. They are here for you and thanks to you.
Help to make night time flight time
We need your help to fly longer into the night. Our helicopter is night flight ready but we need an extra £1 million a year to achieve our goal.
We don’t run many events ourselves. The majority are put on by our fantastic supporters. There’s bound to be something in your area to go along to. If not, why not consider putting on one yourself? It’s great fun and we are here to support you.
Here are just a few events you may be interested in – but there are many more in our events diary – simply click on the month of interest.
|Run or Dye
30 May 2015
|Color Me Rad
21 June 2015
|DAAT Motorcycle Ride Out
12 July 2015
|DAAT One Mile Sea Swim
13 September 2015
|Dragon Boat Festival
28 September 2015
11/12 October 2015