A group of disabled young people in the North East attended a camp designed to help them develop leadership skills, thanks to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.
The Whizz-Kidz Leadership Camp, held at Henshaws College, Harrogate, was a three day residential trip aimed at young wheelchair users in the North East aged between 13 and 18. The camp included existing and new Whizz-Kidz Young Leaders and focused on learning new skills, finding ways to share skills and support others, and further personal development.
In addition to activities such as wheelchair skills training, cooking, sports and arts, attendees were encouraged to reflect on the leaders in their own lives and explored the traits, behaviours, attitudes and actions that are displayed by good role models and those they admired.
Ali Hall is Whizz-Kidz’s Young Leaders Programme Manager. She said:
“The life and leadership skills the young people develop at Camp Whizz-Kidz are designed to set them up for a confident, positive and fulfilling future. Many of the young people at Camp have never stayed away from their parents before, so this is a fantastic opportunity to help them build independence, make friends and learn something new about themselves.
“Our Young Leaders programme is a really powerful way of giving young disabled people the tools to grow in confidence and develop vital skills for adulthood. We’re so grateful to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, whose generosity make the services we provide in the North East and across the UK possible.”
Whizz-Kidz’s Young Leader programme is an inclusive personal development scheme designed by Whizz-Kidz to help young wheelchair users increase their skills while gaining experience they can put on their CVs. Attendants at are in the process of completing the Young Leaders programme and had the opportunity to meet and get advice from a Young Leader who has already completed the award.
Whizz-Kidz has been supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery since 2013 and, to date, they have generously awarded more than three quarters of a million pounds to support the charity’s work.