InSight Magazine – Spring 2024

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InSight is available to listen to, page by page-

Page 1, introduction and letter from the CEO-

Page 2, networking-

Page 3, Sam’s Safari and coffee morning-

Page 4, Club Wilber update-

Page 5, YorSensory and sensory awareness training-

Page 6, a thank you to a volunteer and our contact details-

InSight Magazine – Winter 2024

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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 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.

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
Insight Magazine – Summer 2023 Edition

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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-
https://localgiving.org/appeal/York10K/
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!

Huntington Parish Gala

Last Sunday we were delighted to have two stands at Huntington Parish Gala and it was another scorcher of a day.  The event was busy with residents and families and a variety of local groups and charities offered fundraising stalls and refreshments with tombolas, raffles and second- hand toys and books.

We were entertained on the day by a variety of performers, including Dynamics Community Band and York Vintage Dance Group and groups and enthusiasts brought vintage cars from all decades alongside motorbikes and scooters.

We brought back our ‘pick a square’ game, with a Treasure Island theme, to be in with a chance to win our Yorkshire Jubilee hamper and an old favourite, the lucky lolly stick game, proved really popular with the families!  A big thank you to everyone who stopped by to buy a square, have a go on the game or just to enquire about us.  The money raised on the day goes towards much needed funds for our Club Wilber activities.

We also had the pleasure of being joined by long standing volunteers David & Daphne who kindly attend some events with us, selling beautiful, handmade knitted and tatted crafts, raising money for the Trust.

We have always enjoyed attending this well organised event and we were really pleased to see its return after a two year break due to Covid.