Beth is 22 years old and from Llandovery in Wales. Beth has only been involved with Whizz-Kidz for about a year, but in this short period of time, she has developed her skills, experience and confidence to support her ambition of working with young disabled people. She now works for Whizz-Kidz as a Trainer.
'I first got involved with Whizz-Kidz about 12 months ago and I have quickly gone from attending a youth club, to having a work placement, then becoming a volunteer and now working as a Whizz-Kidz Trainer in Powys. Whizz-Kidz is supporting me with my ambition to work with young disabled people.
'I found out about Whizz-Kidz through my brother, Oliver. He is also a wheelchair user and I would say that his mobility is worse than mine as he completely loses the ability to move his legs at all some days, whereas I can move my legs but I am in constant pain.
'Oliver is beyond confident in his wheelchair. If he makes a wrong turn and falls out he just flips himself back up and carries on (I tend to just laugh and say I told you so –the job of a caring sister). I've been at Whizz-Kidz's wheelchair skills training with Oliver and it was so nice to see him encouraging other young people to have more fun in their chairs and show that using mobility equipment doesn't have to restrict you.
'My first experience of going to Ambassador (youth) Club, involved taking part in a music quiz (my team lost by half a point, devastation doesn't even cover it). We then went outside and played games which were such a laugh and as I'm sure you can imagine, things got very competitive between the teams.
'I've been involved with Whizz-Kidz in lots of different ways in a short period of time and have already got a lot from it. I would say to anyone who knows young wheelchair users who want to develop their skills and have more fun (and frankly who doesn't) then you should definitely recommend Whizz-Kidz to them.'