Whizz-Kidz has recently launched in Aberdeenshire and we caught up with Sarah Asher, the Whizz-Kidz Scottish Care and Service Delivery Manager to find out a bit more.
Sarah told us that they have a small dedicated team in Scotland delivering services to young people who have mobility support needs and young wheelchair users. Supported by their London HO Sarah, Diana (club-coordinator) and three trainers deliver activities and training. She added, “We also have a great team of volunteers who we couldn’t manage without!”
Sarah said, “It all started with a bloke in a bike shop... Whizz-Kidz founder Mike Dickson was in his bike shop when he saw a girl in a wheelchair looking up at a bike light on the shelf above her. Mike asked if he could help, but the girl politely replied, ‘No thanks, I can reach it myself,’ and pushed a button on her powered wheelchair and rose up to pick the light off the shelf. It was at that moment that Mike experienced the difference that the right wheelchair could make to a child’s life. That small action of picking something off a high shelf meant something a lot bigger – it meant independence. By running the London marathon in 1989 he’d raised £9,000 for a girl with cerebral palsy, and in 1990 he founded Whizz-Kidz.”
She added, “Since then we’ve transformed the lives of more than 18,000 disabled children, providing them with life-changing mobility equipment. And that’s not all – we also run several life skills services for young disabled people. Our vision for the future is that all disabled children’s lives are full of fun, friendship and hope for an independent future. Just like any other kid.”
Whizz-Kidz works alongside young people to develop confidence, skills and independence, celebrating their strengths and achievements. Sarah told us that with the support from donors, fundraisers and volunteers, Whizz-Kidz can work alongside more young people helping them access opportunities, training and equipment to make their aspirations and goals reality, achieving their full potential.
The team is currently looking for new members for our Aberdeen Activity Club and volunteers to help at our activities and events. People can also help by offering work experience opportunities for the young people, inviting the team to events to meet more people in the area and increase awareness and they are always looking for partners to help us move the work of the charity forward.
Before she left, Sarah said, “We are extremely proud of all we have achieved and are incredibly grateful to all our supporters who have made this possible, but we still have a long way to go. We will keep striving to reach more young disabled people to give them active childhoods and the chance to have bright futures.”
Whizz-Kidz is the working name of The Movement for Non-Mobile Children (Whizz-Kidz). SCO No. SC042607.
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