InSight Magazine – Q3 2022 Edition

Our latest edition of InSight is out now.

This edition includes:

 

InSight Q3 2022 Cover

Click here or the image above to read the latest edition of our InSight Magazine or click the links below to hear it recorded in an audio format:

  1. CEO’s Letter
  2. Wilberforce House – Staff Perspective
  3. Club Wilber Pizza Party
  4. Living & Learning Zone
  5. Volunteering
  6. Fundraising & Sponsorship
  7. YorSensory – Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much
  8. York Talking News Advertisement
Club Wilber – Easter Egg Hunt 2022

Our Club Wilber Easter Egg hunt returned this year after the hiatus imposed by COVID19 restrictions.

The field was decorated with numerous egg hunting inspired decorations including hampers, baskets, signs, wind spinners, flowers, chicks, even a tipi and lots and lots of hay.

We hid the beeping eggs amongst the decorations, along with lots of chocolate treats and sweets ready for the children to find using their hearing.

The sun was shining, the decorations were in position, the eggs were hidden and then the Club Wilber families arrived, excited, happy and ready for a wonderful activity.

Each child put on some bunny ears and set off with basket in hand listening out for the beep of the eggs.  As always siblings could take part by wearing blindfolds.  Families were able to lay out their picnic blankets and join together for some Easter themed refreshments and enjoy time chatting and supporting one another.

After filling their baskets the children returned to exchange beeping eggs for chocolate Easter eggs to take home along with the treats they had found along the way.

We had some fabulous feedback from the families:

“It was definitely engaging. My child quickly got to grips with everything and it kept his interest for a good amount of time.  He loved the buzzing eggs”

“The atmosphere was great and you’ve managed to get such a lovely weather!  My child liked that there were eggs of different sizes – made it more interesting”

“Brought all the families together, lots of choc, you ordered the weather”

“Thank you for a fabulous egg hunt today, we loved it!!  And thank you for being thoughtful as always …”

“Thank you for today, kids loved it”

“Thank you for the lovely time today!  It was really eggciting!”

We couldn’t have run this event without the support of our volunteers who kindly donated their time on the day to setting up and running the event with us and for that we would like to say a HUGE thank you.

We also want to say a HUGE thank you to the following companies that donated to help us run this amazing event:

We will be back again next year with the Easter Egg hunt and look forward to seeing this event grow.

We also have a whole programme of different activities for Club Wilber so if you have, or know of a child 0-25 who has a visual impairment please get in touch at [email protected].

Similarly if you would like to help us run more activities by joining as a volunteer, then please do get in touch at [email protected] as we would love to welcome you to our work family.

InSight Magazine – Q2 2022 Edition

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Club Wilber 2 Years On – Impact Report

We can’t believe how fast two years have gone, but with Club Wilber’s 2nd birthday it’s time to take a look back on everything we have achieved.

Take a look at our Impact Report to see how we and the Club Wilber families coped during COVID19 with online activities.  Read about our virtual scavenger hunts and an online Christmas.  Meet some of our families and our local sporting celebrity ambassador Will Jubb.  See a whole raft of photos and highlights of some of the great activities we’ve been enjoying together.

Read the report here.

Interested in supporting a great cause?  Support Club Wilber and get invited to our great networking events, we promise they’ll be something special and more fun than your typical networking.  Read more in the impact report and when you decide you can’t bear the FOMO (fear of missing out) sign up here.

Here’s a spoiler from the report some quotes from the Club Wilber families:

“Club Wilber is our VIP family where people just get it.”

“Club Wilber is an extension of our family, providing us with experiences and a sense of belonging with families that understand.”

“My daughter’s brother was amazed when he saw the other children with canes like his sister; it has been great for him to see and understand VI a little more and to meet other siblings and make friends.”

“Amazing people that run an amazing club giving families the opportunity to participate and enjoy activities together.”

“It is a big part of our lives & we rely on them for information about how to support our daughter.”

“We are extremely grateful for all that Club Wilber have done & continue to do. We have found out lots of information & taken part in lovely activities, with both our daughter & her brother, thank you.”

Club Wilber – Our day with Wetwheels Yorkshire!

At the end of October half term, our Club Wilber families were fortunate to experience the joy of being out on the sea with the wonderful charity, Wetwheels.

Starting the day grateful for some glorious sunshine (unseasonably good weather for October!), the families gathered together at the marina in the centre of Whitby. You could see a mixture of excitement and apprehension on their faces.

‘Wetwheels provides the unique opportunity for all disabled people, including those with profound and complex disabilities, to access the sea in a safe, stimulating and rewarding way on board specially-built, fully-accessible powerboats.’

The Wetwheels trip was around an hour and a half which gives time for the families on board to soak up that salty sea smell, feel the breeze in their hair, and hear the roar of the engine, the sea gulls and the waves crashing against the boat. They even get a go at steering the boat!

At Club Wilber we organise activities for children and young people with a visual impairment so we are always on the look-out for unique sensory experiences we can offer to the families we support. Wetwheels certainly does this and is an opportunity for the families to experience something they wouldn’t necessarily have access to otherwise.

One parent said of the trip, “It was very engaging because it’s a very unusual experience!”. Another said, “My child was lucky to try driving the boat.
She was very excited and very proud of herself.”

We have organised a few trips with Wetwheels, and they have delivered every time! Peter Richardson (chairman) is great through all the planning process. Peter and his team have such a clear passion for what they do, and we always receive praise for them in feedback. One of our parents said of the team, “They were really nice and friendly. They made an effort to remember our names and were really encouraging and patient.”

At the end of the trip, any signs of apprehension on the families’ faces were long gone, there was no other emotion to see than pure joy! When asked how Wetwheels could improve the only answer we were given was “It was perfect”.  A seal was even spotted in the harbour!

Thank you to Peter and the team at Wetwheels Yorkshire! Our families love the trips with you, and we look forward to stepping back on board very soon!

InSight Magazine – Winter 2021 Edition

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Insight Magazine – Spring 2021 Edition

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Club Wilber: Big Give Christmas Challenge

Teddy’s first Club Wilber event was the adapted Easter Egg hunt and he has been a regular Club Wilber attendee ever since.

His favourite activity has been the ride on the Wetwheels boat with a number of other families stating that the water splashed him in the face when heading out to sea.

Teddy likes Club Wilber as he enjoys seeing his friends and Teddy is definitely a favourite amongst the other children. He particularly liked the quiz that he participated in during our lockdown activities because he enjoyed hearing the Disney music.

Teddy’s mum Rachael describes Club Wilber as ‘perfect for him and us as a family’.  Before Club Wilber they didn’t feel as though they fitted into any social clubs because Teddy struggled with regular groups due to the noise and busyness of the settings.  But because he didn’t have any additional needs, they didn’t feel like they could join groups where children had more complex needs and so didn’t attend them which left them stuck for socialising with other families.

Rachael is very grateful for Club Wilber because they now have a sense of belonging.

The other key element to Club Wilber for Teddy’s parents is the opportunity to socialise with a group of people that have a better understanding of what life is like with a blind child. It provides them both with the time to speak to other families whilst the children are enjoying activities together and Rachael and Lee have made friendships with other Club Wilber families that offer support and guidance.

With donations made during the Big Give Christmas Challenge week, we will provide even more accessible activities for families with children with visual impairments, and you could be part of this too! Just follow the link to donate.

Donate here (note that as the campaign has now closed the link has been updated so as to allow you to continue with your donation, thank you).

Club Wilber: Big Give Christmas Challenge

Sophie came along to our first Club Wilber activity over Easter weekend in 2018. The money we raise during the Big Give Christmas challenge will help us to do more with children like Sophie and her family. If we continue to smash our fundraising target we will be eligible for the £1,000 Champions prize as well so please keep donating!

Sophie’s first Club Wilber event was the adapted Easter Egg hunt and she has been coming along to them ever since. So far Sophie’s favourite activity has been the Disney Princess party and meeting the fabulous Elsa, although her Easter Egg hunt is a close second as that activity involved chocolate. While Sophie enjoyed these two activities the most, her dad thoroughly enjoyed the Leeds Rhino’s game the most and it was fantastic to introduce Sophie to rugby.

Sophie likes Club Wilber as she enjoys the interaction with other children, even more so because this is something that is becoming more and more difficult at school.
Her parents signed her up to the Club Wilber membership scheme and this really adds to the sense of belonging; they inform us that she likes to talk about this to anyone that will listen.

As Sophie’s parents they really enjoy the opportunity that Club Wilber gives them to watch her in a happy environment enjoying the activity with other children. They have often tried events and activities elsewhere and they are not accessible for Sophie, but this is not the case with Club Wilber and they are happy that the variety of events also allow her to try new things. Club Wilber also gives them the opportunity to speak to other parents and receive tips and advice about things that Sophie might like or might be good for her. It gives them support that they haven’t had before.

With donations made during the Big Give Christmas Challenge week, we will provide even more accessible activities for families with children with visual impairments, and you could be part of this too! Just follow the link to donate.

Donate here (note that as the campaign has now closed the link has been updated so as to allow you to continue with your donation, thank you)!

Club Wilber Impact Report

At the Wilberforce Trust, we understand that families of children with a visual impairment often find their options for recreational activities limited and that activities can exclude children due to them having a visual impairment. Or activities available to children with a visual impairment often exclude their siblings or the rest of the family. This is why we created Club Wilber.

We run adapted activities, events and trips that are suitable for families with visually impaired children and their siblings from the ages of 0 to 25 years. Club Wilber provides a supportive environment and an opportunity to get together for families in the Yorkshire area, because many families with visually impaired children don’t know anyone else in the same position and it can be a lonely experience. Our activities and events offer a chance to spend time with people that can share similar experiences and gain support and advice.

We are so proud of how far we have come in this first year since creating Club Wilber and have loved every second of being able to provide stress free, inclusive family outings that do not cost the earth and have provided a safe environment to create friendships and family memories.

We celebrated Club Wilber’s one-year anniversary in August and looked back at why it started, how it has grown, the impact it has had and celebrated it’s highlights and achievements.

You can read the report here.

Help us to continue to grow Club Wilber, provide a variety of inclusive activities and reach more children and families by donating to our Big Give Christmas Challenge appeal. From 12pm on 1st December to 8th December if you donate to our appeal your money will be doubled, meaning your contribution will go even further towards supporting families of children with visual impairments and their siblings, and at no extra cost to you. One donation – twice the impact.