Things come in 4s- putting our senses to the test!

A couple of week’s ago, on the 29th February, we gathered a room full of Club Wilber sponsors and asked them to leap in and put four of their senses to the test!

After some time spent mingling and catching up over coffee, Operations Director, Samantha Scholey, introduced Club Wilber, and gave an update on recent activities and plans for the coming year. Then the eye masks were handed out and the fun began…

Our first sense to be tested was our hearing, with a ‘guess the intro’ round and ‘guess the voice. In particular, guessing the voice of a well known person was hard without the context that your sight gives you. You knew that you knew it, but it became unfamiliar without seeing their face or surroundings.

We then moved onto testing our senses of smell and taste, with half the team sniffing and half the team tasting! Citrus aromas of grapefruit, orange and lemon merged into one and eucalyptus, tea tree and other essential oils became very similar. Some people were better at the task than others and I’m pretty sure winter colds and blocked up noses didn’t help!

At the start of the taste test, the ‘willing’ volunteers looked like they were embarking on a bush-tucker trial, nervous with the anticipation of what they would be putting into their mouths. Samantha, and Club Wilber administrator Sarah, really came up with some concoctions to test the tastebuds; Rosemary and Lime chocolate, pickle, cheese cracker and popcorn and date and honey.

Our final sense to be put to the test was touch, with two large boxes per team filled with a both a variety of dry materials, and one with wet. The task was to feel around and find pieces of an alphabet puzzle, and complete it. The wet box was first; full of rice pudding and bubble bath followed by straw, cereal and wrapped up lollies! The word disgusting was an understatement and, again, without your sight to aid you your brain went into overdrive trying to recognise what you touched.

 

We finished our afternoon with a round of applause for the winning team and a round of delicious canapes.  The experiences of the last few hours were a real conversational piece and everyone took something away, in particular, how much your sight aids you and your other senses.

A big thank you, as always, to the Delta by Marriott hotel in York for their room hire and refreshments and a thank you to our sponsors who continue to support the work we do with Club Wilber.

 

Club Wilber went on Safari!
Club Wilber had fun on Safari last week!
Helen and Ava from Sam’s Safaris came to tell us all about the animals in their care. We learnt some cool facts and enjoyed having a feel of all the animals; running our fingers along lizard scales, feeling sticky snail feet and patting the blanket soft fur of a chinchilla. We even had a noisy duck piping up to greet us. Afterwards, we had a game of hungry hippos, played with some rain sticks, had a go on the African drum, and enjoyed some safari themed refreshments!
Thank you to the Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust and LNER who helped fund this activity.
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Our tenants celebrate with a Christmas Party!

Last Friday we held the first ever tenant’s Christmas Party here at Wilberforce House. With the open plan space of the Living and Learning Zone and a buffet provided by on site Weston’s Café, it’s the perfect venue for our tenants to meet together, and kick off the festive season.

Alongside the buffet, full of party and festive favourites, there was a disco in the Rainbow Room and even a visit from Santa, much to the delight of a number of the tenants. He arrived to a flurry of bells and worked round the room, chatting with people and handing out a little gift. He even posed for some photos by the Christmas Tree!

Superstar of the party was our tenant, Lee, who DJ’d for the whole party, pulling together a brilliant playlist of Christmas hits, disco classics and modern floor fillers. Tenants and staff alike were singing, dancing and shaking the maracas!

We are well into the Christmas season here at Wilberforce House, with a dinner and carols left to look forward to, before the big day itself.

Club Wilber’s Christmas Party

Last weekend, and for the first time, we were delighted to open the doors of Wilberforce House for the Club Wilber Christmas Party! Across the open plan Living & Learning Zone, we had craft activities, a sensory space, a disco area and a chocolate fountain.

As our families arrived late morning, they dived straight into the festive fun; making snowmen, decorating and filling their own crackers. As soon as the smell of chocolate filled the air, children, and adults, jumped to the fountain to dip festive kebabs of fruit and sweet treats. The sensory area, with lights, textures and sounds, was popular with the littlest Club Wilber members, and it was the perfect place to escape the busyness of the café area.

After a buffet lunch of sandwiches, pizza and nibbles, the children were excited when the Big Man himself, Santa Claus, walked through the door to the jingle of bells and took a seat by our huge Christmas Tree. The families took it in turns to meet Santa and say a few words and receive a present. The expressions on the children’s faces at this special moment at the party make all the hard work worth it for the team!#

We were delighted to welcome Club Wilber Ambassador and York City Knight’s player, Will Jubb to the party, along with his partner Jess. They spent time making snowmen with the children and chatting to the families, who are always really excited to see Will. We also gave him a congratulation present for his recent graduation, with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Fisheries Studies from The University of Hull.

Like the Birthday Party and at Halloween, these parties are the perfect time for the families to catch up. We waved everyone off and wished them a Merry Christmas and we’re already excited for our Panto trip together in January!

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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 reception@wilberforcetrust.org.uk

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.

Wilberforce Women’s Wellbeing
Last month we held our second Wilberforce Women’s Wellbeing event, hosted by our CEO Philippa Crowther, an opportunity for a group of women to come together and eat, drink and connect, with an informative talk and theme each time.
 
WWW launched on Yorkshire Day, the 1st August, with a Yorkshire themed two course lunch, a drinks reception and a talk by the fantastic Cate Hollett, a hypnotherapist and massage therapist. The focus of this event, and those that follow are to promote Women’s wellbeing and to give an opportunity to socialist, connect and to learn about something that will improve wellbeing, whatever your age or stage in life.
In September we welcomed the fantastic nutritionist, Sally Duffin, who gave us an engaging and informal talk on nutrition importance in the peri- menopausal years, a topic she has written about in her new book. The brilliant team in our on- site Weston’s Cafe treated us to a fresh and tasty lunch of salmon and rice and vegetable lasagna, with apple strudel and fruit salad to follow.
 
In October we are excited to introduce our guest speaker Andrea Jackson, owner of Wild Women Academy, who will discuss working in sync with the moon cycles and the seasons. Honouring the changing season we will be serving up a delicious autumnal, pumpkin salad.
The Wilberforce Women’s Wellbeing events are open to women of all ages and backgrounds; whether working, retired, full time parent or carer. They are a great way to make new connections and broaden a knowledge on wellbeing topics. If you would like to attend our October event please contact s.scholey@wilberforcetrust.org.uk
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