WESC Foundation

Specialist Centre for visual impairment holds official ribbon cutting ceremony for new 'Satellite Landlord' Supported Living Houses

September 22, 2015

WESC Foundation, a school and college for children, young people and adults with sight loss is a specialist centre for Visual Impairment held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open two new zero carbon energy ‘Satellite’ Landlord Supported Living Houses.The five-bed Maxwell-Lawford Lodge and wheelchair accessible two-bed Foundation House - new home to former WESC learners, Maria Dowswell and Harry Roberts.The opening was followed by a drinks and canapés reception for 40 VIP guests and supporters.

Built by Heritage Homes at Holland Park, Old Rydon Lane, Exeter, the two specially adapted homes are allocated to young people with a visual impairment as they strive towards an independent adult life.Partnership working has been key with Exeter City Council working with the charity to enable the homes to be provided at low cost through their Affordable Housing Policy. A Legacy Project Grant fund of £50,000 from Exeter Foundation helped to adapt the two new houses. Additional funding came from many other foundations and charities, including the Claire Milne Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation and The Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Charitable Foundation.

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