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The Wilberforce Trust traces its roots back to 1833, when the Yorkshire School for the Blind was opened in York in memory of William Wilberforce, who had died that year. The school was set up in one of York’s best-known historic buildings – the King’s Manor in the centre of York.

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The Wilberforce Home for the Blind was established in York in 1968, following the closure of the school.

In the early years of the 21st century the residents of the home were given the opportunity to move into their own accommodation within several houses in York, each having a rigorously trained support staff selected for their friendly approach as well as their skills and experience in supporting people with multiple disabilities; houses in Tadcaster were added later.

Wilberforce now strives to adhere to its original aims – to provide a proactive service to assist tenants and other clients to maximize their capabilities, their independence and their lives in the community.

Committed to the Community

The Wilberforce Trust are committed to supporting people with sight 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.

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Our mission is to be a leading provider of high-quality support, training and care services, and to create opportunities, for people with sight loss, 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.