About this cause
The Wilberforce Trust is York's oldest charity (established in 1833) and we aim to make life better when sight and hearing gets worse. We provide services and support for people with sight loss and other sensory impairments and provide assisted housing for 30 people with complex disabilities. Our goal is to assist people to remain independent and continue to enjoy real quality of life after sight loss or hearing loss. Through our flexible and responsive services we work to develop a positive network of support for people with sensory impairment. We provide a Befriending service to reduce isolation, a Low Vision Clinic, a Sensory Room, a learning zone and YorSensory which provides access to devices that can make life easier. We reduce social isolation and seek to empower our users.
How this cause brings people in the community together
By bringing our state of the art services to rural communities who may face problems with public transport, we will reduce the isolation of people living with sensory loss and give them a chance to meet in a relaxed environment together to find out more about the services offered by a range of different organisations. We coordinate with a number of other charities and service providers.