Made possible by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Whizz-Kidz Clubs allow disabled children and young people to get together and learn new skills, interact with one another, and further their personal development.
Max Tremlett-Williams, 16, has been attending the Whizz-Kidz Club in Exeter for over two years, and recently attended the Circus Skills Workshop. His father, Nigel Tremlett said: “Max had a great time at the workshop and particularly enjoyed learning how to spin the diabolo – it particularly helped him refine his motor skills.
“Max gets the opportunity to engage in so many different activities at the club and thoroughly enjoys them all. But more importantly, seeing Max interacting with other young wheelchair users and watching them all learn new skills together is fantastic – I’m pleased to see him having such a great time.”
The Circus Skills workshop encompassed a variety of activities, including, plate spinning, juggling with scarves, ribbon twirling, and learning to spin a diabolo.
Sally Ellis, Whizz-Kidz Service Delivery Manager in the South West area said: “There are a number of activities that take place at our clubs, but this was the first time that we introduced a Circus Skills Workshop. Essentially, we wanted our young wheelchair users to try something different, and they all got the opportunity to have a go at something they had never done before. Through this experience they were able to further enhance their confidence and independence.
“I’m thrilled that the first-ever Circus Skills Workshop was such a success – I’m already planning the next one!”
Whizz-Kidz Club will be hosting further skill-enhancing workshops in the Exeter area for young wheelchair users, including an Architecture and 3D Construction workshop on 9 June 2018.
Whizz-Kidz has been supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery since 2013 and, to date, they have generously awarded over one million pounds to support the charity’s work. A minimum of 32% goes directly to charities and players have so far raised £301 million for good causes across the country.