We know that often the best advice comes from chatting to other families. Whizz-Kidz is passionate about bringing families together in an online and offline community so parents don't ever have to feel alone.
Tina’s son Joel has cerebral palsy and is a full time wheelchair user. Here, Tina explains how Whizz-Kidz has supported her as well as her son.
‘When Joel was younger and someone approached to ask if they could help I would always turn it down. I was used to doing so much myself that when I was offered help it was hard to accept. But there was a little voice in the back of my mind saying it meant I wasn’t coping.
'Joel has been supported by Whizz-Kidz in many ways. Before Whizz-Kidz he was in a very heavy NHS chair that put a lot of strain and pressure on his body, but his Whizz-Kidz chair has improved his posture and he can even drive and take advantage of his independence.
‘He has been involved in so many other Whizz-Kidz services – attended Ambassador Clubs [Whizz-Kidz youth groups] and then joined the Kidz Board who meet and discuss important issues.
‘Whizz-Kidz is also good for parents. While Joel took part in these activities, I met lots of great parents. It’s quite strange how quickly and easily the parents can make friends and start conversations with each other. We’re all there for the same reason and we don’t even have to talk about our children or disability, but it’s just nice to be with someone in a similar situation. They’ve also been through some hard experiences like people staring, and they know how frustrating it is that people don’t seem to realise that people with disabilities are human beings and individuals - they just have different needs.
‘I like the idea of a Parents Network - to be able to have a place where parents can share knowledge and advice, and get support from people with similar experiences would be really amazing.’
Read more about Tina's son, Joel.