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The Wilberforce Trust are committed to supporting people with sight loss and hearing loss, we do this through our supported accommodation, low vision clinic, visual awareness training and activities within the living and learning zone.


Our vision is to see a world in which all people with sight loss, including those with other disabilities, are truly integrated in society with equal opportunities in all aspects of life, and to know that our passion and commitment have been influential in bringing this about.


Our mission is to be a leading provider of high quality support, training and care services, and to create opportunities, for people with a visual impairment, including those with other disabilities; to encourage and facilitate the development of these on a local, regional and national basis by being a model of good practice. Our aim is to do this in a way which enhances the quality of life of those we work with.


Respect & Dignity – Ensure all the people who use or work in our services are treated with respect and dignity, given supportive, inclusive choices and are acknowledged as individuals in an equal and fair way.

Integrity & Honesty – Always do the ‘right’ thing even if it is hard.  Do not settle for others any less than you may want for yourself. Be of sound judgement and truthfulness.

Team Work – Encourage the contribution of everyone.  Communicate effectively.  Be committed, willing and dependable to each other and the Charity.

Empowerment – Encourage all to have confidence with self-development and training.  To achieve aspirations for individuals and the Charity through having clear goals and objectives.

Continuous Improvement – Continually look at ways to improve the way we do things.  Create a quality, safe environment for all our service users and staff.  Abide by the codes of practice and agencies that govern us.

Find out more

Wilberforce Today

Wilberforce supports people in York and Yorkshire who have a visual impairment irrespective of what other disability they may have.

Wilberforce History

The Wilberforce Trust traces its roots back to 1833, when the Yorkshire School for the Blind was opened in York.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees provides strategic direction and ensures that the Trust’s values and mission are upheld.



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