This month we made a visit to the WESC Foundation store on Sidwell Street to find out more about the charity and to get to know the volunteers and what the charity means to them. WESC Foundation is an organisation whose mission it is to transform the lives of children and young adults from across the UK who are affected by visual impairment.
Shop manager Jenny Riding has been in post for just over a year. During that time a highlight for Jenny has been working with the volunteers from both the school and supported accommodation near the campus.
Jenny said, “I find working here so enjoyable. I love working with all our different volunteers and finding out more about visual impairment. Our store has recently had a talking till installed which means that more of our students and volunteers with visual impairment can be included and gain greater confidence. I feel that WESC Foundation makes a real effort to teach young people with visual impairment independence, with so much knowledge and understanding behind the charity.”
She continues, “we are always looking for more volunteers here. Whether you want to work at the front of the shop with the customers or behind the scenes working with donated stock, we have a role for everyone.”
WESC Foundation on Sidwell Street sells everything from furniture, electricals and glassware to clothing, accessories, books and of course brick-a-brack and are always looking for donations. Donations can be dropped at the store or at the charity’s base on Topsham Road as well as the other four WESC Foundation charity shop locations across Devon.
With support for WESC Foundation at the heart of this store, fundraising goes towards helping the visually impaired to be more independent through sharing knowledge, expertise and technologies.
As well as supporting WESC Foundation through shopping in their stores, you can also check out their eBay shop and follow them on Facebook to keep an eye on items being shared on their marketplace. To find out more about WESC Foundation, visit https://www.wescfoundation.ac.uk/.
Monday – Friday: 9:30 until 5 pm
Sunday: 10am until 4 pm