Archive for March, 2012
Posted on March 29th, 2012
On Sunday 25 March 2012, Rt Hon Ed Balls MP today announced he is to run the Virgin London Marathon, on Sunday April 22 2012.
He is raising awareness and funds for Whizz-Kidz – the charity which supports young disabled people’s mobility – and Action for Stammering Children.
Ruth Owen, CEO of Whizz-Kidz said:
“We are delighted that Ed Balls has chosen to support Whizz-Kidz in running the Virgin London Marathon. Ed is a strong champion of disabled children, and their right to an accessible education and active childhood.
“Ed has met with many young Whizz-Kidz Ambassadors, and backed our Kidz Board’s schools consultation when in government. In taking on this …
Posted on March 23rd, 2012
On Thursday 22 March 2012, the inaugural North East Youth Work Awards took place at the Stadium of Light. Over 150 guests attended the ceremony, organised by the Regional Youth Work Unit – North East. The event saw 10 awards being given out to individuals and organisations for their commitment to youth work and young people in the region.
Sue Balf scooped the award for Youth Worker of the Year for her role as leader of the Newcastle Whizz-Kidz Ambassador Club. The judges were impressed by Sue’s dedication to empowering young disabled people to learn new skills and campaign on local issues important to them, enabling them to …
Posted on March 22nd, 2012
Whizz-Kidz is launching a big fundraising drive in Wales to raise £50,000 in 2012. All money raised in Wales gets spent in Wales.
Two brothers from Cardiff are backing the call for Welsh donations.
Jimmy, 15, is a wheelchair-user and ‘Kidz Board’ member for the country – representing the interests of other young disabled people and raising issues with local decision makers. His brother Adam, 11, also uses a wheelchair and is backing the Welsh call to action.
Jimmy says, “Whizz-Kidz’s focus is ensuring young disabled people like me and Adam have the right equipment to fit our lives. Whizz-Kidz invites groups of disabled young people to their local Ambassador Club …
Posted on March 22nd, 2012
A statement from Ruth Owen, Whizz-Kidz Chief Executive on the Care Quality Commission report, 22 March 2012
Today’s Care Quality Commission report, Health care for disabled children and young people, once again highlights the reality for many disabled children and young people, and the long waits they can often face for wheelchairs and other mobility equipment.
We know there are an estimated 70,000 children in theUK who could benefit from the right mobility equipment for them; providing a child the right chair at the right time enhances their lives – giving them not just mobility but independence.
Whizz-Kidz believes the Government’s Any Qualified Provider (AQP) policy offers a real opportunity to extend the improvements to wheelchair provision that Whizz-Kidz …
Posted on March 14th, 2012
Whizz-Kidz – a charity which delivers mobility equipment, skills training, and workshops to young disabled people – launches a series of online events with high profile role models imparting advice via its web forum.
The new “Teatime Q&A” season kicks off on Thursday 29 March between 4.30pm and 5.15pm, and will host disabled inspirational speaker and role model Asta Philpot. He will share advice and tips about confidence building, becoming employable and reaching your potential.
The series of guest Q&A’s are a new feature on the charity’s Kidz Unlimited forum; a new website helping disabled youngsters learn new skills via e-modules that replicate Whizz-Kidz’s …