Help us to make a difference for people with a visual impairment, hearing impairment &/or other disabilities across Yorkshire

Help us to make a difference:

Every day 250 people start to lose their sight in the UK.

Over 6,000 people across York live with sight loss and many of them don’t know where to go to access help. 

Over 20,000 people in York have hearing loss which makes communication difficult and can lead to social isolation where help is not available. 

Our Vision:

With our help, people with sight and/or hearing loss can lead independent, fulfilled lives with dignity and enjoyment. Our vision is to provide friendly, accessible services, entertainment, support and professional excellence across our range of services.


We provide supported living in  York and Tadcaster, activities and events in the LLZ at Wilberforce House, home also to the YorSensory Hub. YorSensory provides support and services for those with vision and hearing loss.


Sir Norman Stoller CBE businessman and philanthropist says:

“Why do I give? The question puzzles me because if one has never experienced that warm and satisfactory glow that comes from an unselfish act in helping others where the need is so obvious, then, one simply hasn’t lived”

Mr McConnell says:

“Thank you all, you helped me get back on my feelings and get my mojo back! You guys showed me that losing my vision is not the end of the world but the start of a new life”

Anne said:

“My hearing loop is wonderful. It’s made listening enjoyable”

Mrs Y says:

“People don’t understand about using the phone and how it’s changed my life” after our staff helped her to modify her iPhone so that she could speak to her family overseas”

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Nearly two-thirds of people living with sight loss are women.

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The Wilberforce Trust is dedicated to helping those with visual impairment, sight loss, hearing loss and other disabilities across York, North Yorkshire and the surrounding areas.