Volunteers are the beating heart of Whizz-Kidz

Ruth Owen by Ruth Owen
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It will I hope not have escaped your notice that over the last week we’ve been celebrating the incredible work of our fantastic army of volunteers as part of Volunteers’ Week.

Earlier this year, we were delighted to receive ‘Investing in Volunteers’ accreditation from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), in recognition of our commitment to providing excellence in volunteering opportunities.

Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do here at Whizz-Kidz; not only do they make our life-changing services possible they also make them inspiring, inclusive, welcoming and fun for every young person who uses them.

Volunteering is – happily – a two-way street in terms of the benefits it brings to those involved. In a blog featured on our website this week, Karen, one of our inspiring volunteers from Scotland, said: “Volunteering at Whizz-Kidz clubs opened my eyes to how equal everyone’s life can truly be if they are given the right equipment and opportunities.” So often we hear from our volunteers the special impact working with Whizz-Kidz has had not only on our service users, but on our volunteers, who find the experience rewarding in so many ways.

To mark this wonderful occasion, over the coming weeks we’ll be surprising volunteers across the UK through our inaugural Whizz-Kidz Volunteer Awards. Recognising the many different ways our volunteers demonstrate excellence to our young people, and commitment to our aims and mission, these awards are a small token of the huge appreciation we feel for our volunteers. Thank you all, so much.

The success of our volunteering programme owes a huge debt of thanks to our friends at the Big Lottery Fund. Since 2015 our Wheels in Motion programme – made possible by Big Lottery Fund funding – has been helping young disabled people lead fun and active lives while developing the skills and confidence they need for adulthood. A massive part of this work is our volunteering programme, without which we simply wouldn’t be able to deliver the excellent services for young people, of which we are so very proud.

If we’ve inspired you to join us, and apply to volunteer at one of Whizz-Kidz’s services, you can find out more on our website

In other news; tomorrow will represent the first time many of our young Ambassadors will be able to use their voice and vote in a General Election. Exercising your right to vote is such a fundamental milestone in transitioning from childhood to adulthood, but – as with so much in society – getting to the polling station can prove challenging for young wheelchair users.

We were of course delighted, then, when our Travel Alliance partner Uber got in touch to let us know their plans to make things easier by providing free UberACCESS rides to and from polling stations in London, Birmingham and Manchester. 

We hope Uber’s generous move will inspire many young wheelchair users to get out and vote on June 8th.

Until next time.

Ruth

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