Youngsters from WESC Foundation benefit from wheelchair accessible minibus

30th Jun 2016
Youngsters from WESC Foundation benefit from wheelchair accessible minibus

The Lord’s Taverners were in Exeter last week (24 June) to present a new wheelchair accessible minibus to WESC Foundation.

WESC Foundation (WESC) - The specialist centre for visual impairment - is a school and college for children, young people and adults with sight loss and additional needs. The charity’s aim is to provide education and care for young people and adults with visual impairment, including complex needs, in their transition through school, college and beyond.

The new 14-seat wheelchair accessible minibus will be a vital lifeline for users to get out and experience their local community. Currently vehicles are used to support access to Riding for the Disabled (RDA) as well as regular transport to Exmouth to enjoy sailing though the Sailability scheme. More recently they also supported a large group travelling to Heathrow airport on route to a 12 day trip to the USA.

Jill Dudding – Head of Health, WESC Foundation comments: “The opportunity to have a replacement minibus has been very well received by both the staff and young people at WESC Foundation. Young people spend their time at WESC in preparation for adulthood whatever that may look like for them personally, with this in mind, it is essential we support young people to access as many opportunities in the community. These may be for social, recreational or work purposes, having access to such a versatile wheelchair accessible vehicle makes such events possible. Access to such a vehicle also supports learning experiences in the community, field work trips, transport to work experience as well as ensuring we offer equal opportunities to those who are wheelchair dependent. We are very grateful to the Lord’s Taverners for raising funds to provide us with such an up to date vehicle.”

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