George is 15 and from Rochester in Kent. He has ataxic cerebral palsy with spastic diplegia and he uses a powered wheelchair. Earlier this year, George started attending the Maidstone Whizz-Kidz Ambassador Club (one of our youth clubs) and couldn’t stop talking about it after!
George’s mum, Gill, says:
‘The moment George left the Maidstone Ambassador Club, he said to me, “Mum, when’s the next one?” He had such a great and fun time that he immediately started to spread the word about the club on his social media pages and then in school the following week!
‘I had no worries at all leaving him at the Ambassador Club. When we first entered we met the Health Care Assistant and the Whizz-Kidz Trainer and we felt at ease straight away.
'It was a great opportunity for George to meet new people and he really enjoyed doing so. This is particularly meaningful for George because his school is outside of our local area so it can be difficult to meet up with friends outside of school.
'Another great part of the Ambassador Club experience is that the Whizz-Kidz Trainer was also a wheelchair user. This allows George to feel more comfortable and be more engaged. It also helps him by showing the opportunities that he will have in the future.
‘It was also great for me as a parent to meet and speak with other families. We shared our stories and experiences together. We talked about things like adaptations, and generally had a wonderful conversation about our children. Meeting other parents is a really important thing as it helps to alleviate some of the worries that parents have.
‘George has never let anything hold him back, and has always concentrated on the positives. He is looking forward to taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award which is another step towards his independence. He is about to undertake his GCSEs and is extremely interested in getting involved with the Whizz-Kidz Work Placements. He is hoping to go to university in the future. We are so proud of him and what he has achieved.
‘Whizz-Kidz really helps young people like George by giving them knowledge and experience, which contributes to their independence. George really loved meeting new people, making new friends and the whole experience of the Ambassador Club, and will definitely be attending the clubs for years to come.’