Fenella explains how getting involved with Whizz-Kidz's youth groups (known as Ambassador Clubs) changed her life.
I only got involved with Whizz-Kidz 18 months ago and I wish I had found them sooner!
Before I attended my first Ambassador Club, I struggled a lot with anxiety. I didn’t accept that I was disabled and found life really tough. I didn’t know any other young wheelchair users and often felt very isolated.
On the way to my first time at Ambassador Club, I remember feeling my heart pounding and I was so nervous that I didn’t want to go in. I wanted to turn around and go home.
I’m so glad I persevered. When I arrived, everyone was really friendly and the leader of the club made me feel very welcome. I knew immediately that I had found somewhere I belonged. It was brilliant to finally be doing something independent from my parents, something that I had found difficult in the past due to my health requirements.
I now attend my local Ambassador Club every month and enjoy a wide range of activities. I have made many new friends and gained a lot more confidence.
So much so that when I had the chance to attend a camp with Whizz-Kidz, I jumped (excuse the pun!) at the opportunity. I had an absolutely fantastic time and learnt new skills to help me gain more independence.
I’m now on the South West Regional Steering Group which feeds on to the Kidz board, and I’ve recently started my young leaders training and got the opportunity to help run a wheelchair skills training session.
Whizz-Kidz has made me a more rounded, confident person. I can achieve anything I set my mind to, thanks to this brilliant charity.