The Wilberforce Trust

Help families living with sight loss

We set up “Club Wilber” in 2019 to support families who have a child with sight loss and their siblings. We run inclusive and accessible activities, outings and events for the whole family to give them a chance to enjoy life together in an affordable and mutually supportive way.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1087065)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£8,000

Amount raised

£10,099

Donations

46

Championed by The Hospital Saturday Fund

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities

Location

United Kingdom

  • Since Teddy started coming to Club Wilber events, we now have a sense of belonging and have formed friendships with other Club Wilber families

    — Mother of Teddy

  • It's so hard as a family to find things we can do together which don't exclude Amy. Club Wilber has been a lifeline for us and we all look forward to coming to every activity

    — Mother of Amy

Situation

According to research by disability charities, life costs an average family with a disabled child £581 more per month to have the same standard of living as a family with non-disabled children. Families who have a visually impaired child alongside other sighted children, find it very difficult to find activities that the whole family can participate in without one child feeling excluded. Parents also need to access support to help cope with the financial and emotional stress they face.

Solution

We have been working with families across Yorkshire who have a visually impaired child alongside other sighted children and who struggle to find activities that the whole family can enjoy. We have devised a range of inclusive activities including art, baking, crafts and music as well as events such as Disney parties, Halloween fun and trips to Cadbury World, wet Wheels in Scarborough and sensory Easter Egg hunts. The families involved are able to find mutual support and make new friends too.