InSight Magazine – Autumn 2023

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Christmas Raffle & Christmas Cards are back!

Our Christmas Raffle is back and there’s a host of fantastic prizes up for grabs, including a big Christmas hamper, a Betty’s hamper, two £100 Lifestyle shopping vouchers and a box of Nestle favourites. Tickets are £2 each and available from reception at Wilberforce House and by emailing

We are also delighted to be offering Christmas Cards again, this year featuring a wonderful contemporary design. The cards come in packs of 10 and are £4.50 a pack. As with the raffle, all proceeds raised go to the trust.


Donate A Star Campaign
This Christmas we are asking our supporters to donate a star to our virtual tree, and help us provide a Sensory Garden for our tenants, and visitors, to enjoy.

A garden is a wonderful thing bringing joy both to wildlife and to the beholder. Yet not everyone is able to enjoy the visual beauty of a garden. People with sight loss experience the world in different ways, so with a little help from you we can provide a sensory garden which appeals to ALL the senses and can be enjoyed by everyone.

Your gift of a star could help buy magical mint, succulent strawberry or calming chamomile for the garden. Many small individual gifts can build a legacy we can be proud of and look forward to when the warmer months arrive.

You can donate a star by clicking the donate button that you see on every page of our website and by clicking here.

The return of Yorkshire Day’s Club Wilber Raffle!
This year saw the return of our popular Yorkshire Day Raffle, in aid of Club Wilber, the children’s arm of our charity. The raffle was drawn live on social media and one of our tenants, Lee, drew the tickets for us! We wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who bought a ticket for the draw on the 1st August. We raised over £1500 for Club Wilber, which will go towards enabling us to put on more inclusive activities and events for the children, and their families. 
A big thank you too to all of the people and businesses who kindly donated a Yorkshire themed prize-
John Wrights Electricals, Simon Patterson, Assetiam, Delta by Marriott Hotel York, Masons of Yorkshire Gin, The York Roast Co, Flamingoland Resort, York Dungeon, The Deep, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Pizza Express, Markinton Hall, Cross Fishmongers, Grant Young, Whittakers Gin, York Terrariums, LNER, Waste Management Co., North York Moors Railway, York City FC, Yorvik Viking Centre
Laura runs York 10k!
Yesterday our brilliant Support Worker, Laura, ran the York 10k after months of training took her from the couch, to 5k and on to the start line! With her Dad running alongside her, and support from her partner, Kat, cheering her on she ran the route taking in the iconic streets and sights of York. Laura wanted to raise money for the trust as she loves her job and feels that the work we do and the services that we offer are really special.
The money Laura has raised, and continues to raise will go towards our Sensory Garden that we are building for the enjoyment of our tenants, and the families that visit us.
Well done Laura, for all of your hard work training for, and running, this event! There’s still time to donate to the fundraiser via her Local Giving page-
York Pride

Following a brilliant York Pride last June, we were eager to sign up to be part of the festival again, and this year was even better than the last. Sarah and Lucy from the Events Team arrived early doors at York’s Knavesmire with their fundraising and information stall, amongst other the charities, organisations and traders. York Pride is the largest Pride event in the North of England and is part of Pride Month, recognised across the world.

The morning had a gentle buzz, with families and residents who prefere to avoid the crowds of the afternoon wandering around, and excitement building for the parade’s arrival. When the parade arrived, in all its noisy, colourful and joyful glory the crowds and atmosphere on The Knavesmire trebled and the party really started.

Having a presence at York Pride gives us a great opportunity to meet members of the public from all different communities, to advertise the services we offer; such as YorSensory and Club Wilber. This year we brought the popular Lucky Lolli- stick game from last summer’s events and it was a roaring success as ever! While people gave their 50ps to have a turn to win some sweets, it’s a perfect opportunity to start a conversation about the trust.

What hits you most about Pride, and what most passers- by comment on, is the amazing atmosphere; inclusive and welcoming to all. Its an opportunity for everyone to be themselves, to wear what they want and be with whoever they want. As a charity, it gives us a chance to interact and chat to people who may not have heard of us before, or know of the services available to them. It’s a long day, but it’s a happy and fulfilling one, and one we look forward to each year.

We attend the summer fundraisers to raise money for Club Wilber, the children’s arm of the charity, where we organise activities and events for children and young people with sight loss, and their families. The money we raise helps us continue to facilitate activities ranging from pizza parties and forest school, all the way to our recent Harry Potter Studio trip! As Club Wilber is Yorkshire wide, and not just for York residents, it gives us an opportunity to meet families across the county.

Our next event is our Summer Fete here at Wilberforce House, come down and see us and enjoy a host of stalls, games and summer fun!

Insight Magazine – Q2 2023 Edition

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Beeping Easter Egg Hunt

The Beeping Easter Egg hunt was the brainchild of our Operations Director Samantha Scholey and launched Club Wilber back in 2019.

The event uses specially made eggs with a sound mechanism inside so they can be found by using hearing rather than sight! Tasty treats were hidden along the way in baskets and hay on little picnic mat stations. At the end of the course the children get to exchange their beeping eggs for a chocolate one, and plenty managed more than one go! Sighted siblings joined in the fun by donning an eye mask, so they too were relying on their hearing to experience this unique, seasonal activity. The egg hunt is one of the biggest on our Club Wilber calendar and has always been hugely popular. On its first year, the event won the Silver Award in the Charity Event category at the Minster FM People’s Choice Awards. This year we were thrilled to be able to host in the grounds of our beautiful new build, Wilberforce House.

For the first time we also held an additional egg hunt for the residents who live in the supported housing apartments within Wilberforce House and, although they weren’t quite as energetic as the children, they collected just as many eggs and went home with plenty of Easter treats!

For both the Club Wilber families, and the residents, the egg hunt isn’t just a chance for a chocolate haul, but also an opportunity to socialise and spend time with people that share experiences. We also opened Weston’s Café for the day, giving everyone the chance to enjoy a hot cross bun and a cornflake nest bun around the activity.

The Easter Egg Hunt is the perfect way to kick off the spring and summer months at The Wilberforce Trust and we cant wait to invite the public here for our Summer Fete in June.



Christmas Fayre

Last Saturday we opened up the doors of Wilberforce House to the general public for the first time, to visit our Christmas Fayre. As with many organisations, this was our first since 2019 and the first in our new building and with a new activities and events team at the helm.

With a fantastic band of volunteers we offered a variety of stalls and activities, including crowd pleasing favourites like tombolas, Christmas themed lucky sticks, second hand books and gifts. We also invited some local, small crafters and businesses who offered handmade jewellery, healing stones and Body Shop products.

Our new Westons café was able to take the opportunity to showcase its menu for the first time, alongside Christmas treats such as mince pies and mulled wine, and the café area was full from start to finish. We also had homemade cakes on offer, kindly donated by volunteer bakers, popcorn and hot chocolate gift bags.

Santa made his first appearance, to a round of applause, and continued to welcome visitors young and old for the rest of the afternoon, in his grotto. The children left with a small gift and all money raised from the grotto will go to our children’s club, Club Wilber.

In place of an entry fee, visitors could make a donation and take the opportunity to write their name or a message on one of our Christmas trees, leaving their mark with us for the festive period.

It was fantastic to see so many faces, familiar and new, at the fayre. Staff, our tenants and their families, past volunteers and supporters. Our aim was to put on a fun, festive event and to also introduce ourselves to the local community and make new connections with residents and families from across the city who might not have been aware of the trust.

A big thank you to all who came to see us on Saturday and to everyone who donated their time, a prize or money to help make 2022’s Christmas Fayre such a success.

InSight Magazine – Q4 2022 Edition

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