There are an estimated 75,000 young people in the UK who need a wheelchair to be mobile. Most of them are still not getting the wheelchair that fully meets their needs through the NHS. This can lead to dependence on others, social isolation, poor mental health, pain and injury; a lack of independence. Without the ability to be independent, young wheelchair users are restricted in their ability to socialise and participate in society.
Whizz-Kidz wants to see and live in a society in which every young wheelchair user is mobile, enabled and included. To achieve this the charity empowers young wheelchair users by providing the equipment, support and confidence-building experiences they need, and are campaigning for a more inclusive society.
Support from players of People's Postcode Lottery enables Whizz-Kidz to support young wheelchair users by providing tailored wheelchairs that meets their needs; run confidence building programmes; and provide opportunities to increase their independence with employability support.