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WESC Foundation - The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment

WESC Foundation offers a range of educational, care and support services to young people and adults with visual impairment and other complex needs. Our services include: full-time day or residential placements for 38 weeks of the academic year

Education provision

  • Full time day or residential placements for a 38 week academic year in School (5-16) and College (16+)
  • Part time day or residential placements in School or College
  • 38 week education placements plus 14 week additional residential support for an all year round package
  • Supported internships and work experience placements
  • Outreach support in mainstream and specialist schools, colleges and universities

Therapy, mobility and health

  • Full therapy support to our students and young people covering speech and language, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and music therapy from our in-house specialist staff
  • Qualified mobility support from our in-house ROVI team
  • Health care from our nurse and healthcare assistant team

Adult care and support services

  • Full time residential care in St David’s House
  • Our adult day support service
  • Onsite and offsite supported living services
  • Residential respite and short breaks

Work placements and vocational support

  • Work placements and work opportunities for students and young people in the WESC Community
  • Work experience and work placements for young people in the wider community of Devon, including in our retail and horticulture enterprises
  • Supported internships combining education, employability skills training and work experience as a stepping stone to paid or voluntary employment


Devon County Council uses an SEND flag to list services which define themselves as suitable for children and young people with SEND. These are part of Devon's SEND Local Offer. We recommend that you contact the service provider to make sure the service is suitable for your child or young person.


Contact Name
Richard Ellis
Contact Position
Head of VI Specialist Services
01392 454200
WESC Foundation
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WESC Foundation - The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment
Topsham Road
Countess Wear
Toilet facilities
Parking accessible for people with disabilities
Toilet facilities for people with disabilities
Hearing loop
Wheelchair accessible

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(formerly CRB)
Last updated: 03/03/2020
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