The workshops took place at a club run by disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz. Made possible by the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery1, Whizz-Kidz Clubs are a place where disabled children and young people can learn new skills, socialise with each another, and improve their self-confidence.
The music session, where young wheelchair users participated in a tailored DJ’ing experience, was delivered by Tons of Sound2, who work with a variety of organisations across the UK. They aim to empower young people through interactive music demonstrations and give youngsters the opportunity to advance their music skills by using a mixer.
Samuel Loft, 14, from Haywards Heath, regularly attends the Whizz-Kidz Club in Crawley, and recently participated in the music workshops. He said: “I had so much fun at the club and thoroughly enjoyed learning new DJ’ing skills. I’ve always enjoyed listening to music, but definitely enjoy making music more – I just loved having the freedom to create my own sounds.
“I really enjoy attending the Whizz-Kidz Club not just because I get the opportunity to learn new things, but because I get to socialise with other young wheelchair users too. I’m look forward to attending the club again very soon!”
Joanna Fashan, Head of Young People’s Life Skills Services South said: “We are delighted that the young people learnt so much from the DJ workshops and so many of them are looking forward to seeing Tons of Sounds return again.
“At Whizz-Kidz, we want to give as many young disabled people the opportunity to develop their learning, improve their confidence, and become more independent – and it’s through the delivery of such workshops we are able to do just that. Seeing the young people flourish is just so incredible, and we encourage other young wheelchair users to get involved in a Whizz-Kidz Club too!”
Whizz-Kidz has been supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery since 2013 and to date they have generously awarded over £1million to support the charity’s work and services. A minimum of 32% is given to charities and overall the players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised £301 million for good causes across the country.