Through partnerships with the statutory sector in England and Scotland, at national and local level, Whizz-Kidz fosters innovative solutions that improve quality of life and delivers high quality and value for money services for families most in need.
Department of Health
Whizz-Kidz has received incredible support from the Department of Health, and three of our projects are funded by their Innovation, Excellence & Strategic Development Funding programme:
Mobile phone app
In early 2013 the Department of Health funded a Whizz-Kidz mobile phone application which can be downloaded from the App and Google Play Stores and the NHS Choices Library. This app can be used to help families apply to Whizz-Kidz for mobility equipment, search for our life journey services (wheelchair skills training, youth clubs, residential camps and work placements) and find out about fundraising and volunteering opportunities. The app enables people to straightforwardly access information and advice about mobility equipment and services wherever they are. Wheelchair users can easily see a picture and summary of available mobility equipment, as well as a summary of reviews of equipment submitted by other wheelchair users and provide feedback about their own experience via our unique mobility equipment ‘rate and review’ function.
NHS Partnerships Director project
This three year project ended in 2014 and helped Whizz-Kidz to build and develop relationships with the NHS so that we can transform wheelchair services by deploying our model of wheelchair services and sharing our learning with stakeholders and commissioners. Whizz-Kidz shares the same values as the NHS and has been working in partnership with them in a number of areas, including Tower Hamlets where we've been working since 2007. We are keen to collaborate with the Department of Health and the NHS as widely as possible, to transform wheelchair services through expertise, innovation and an unrelenting focus on the children we help. You can read about difference Whizz-Kidz makes by working with the NHS in Tower Hamlets in the latest evaluation of our work.
‘Man in a Van’
We started providing our innovative ‘Man in a Van’ service in Autumn 2012, so that we can reach people in their own homes and schools, and fit around families’ lives and schedules. The Department of Health has funded this three year pilot, meaning that our mobile team can reach even more disabled people in the location that suits them best and offer efficient handovers of equipment, repairs and maintenance.
Department for Education – SEND project
This three year grant started in April 2013 and allows us to help families and young disabled people across England to access the right information and support that they need. This is done through the creation of a parents network, a network of local volunteers and face to face advice from Whizz-Kidz staff.
Southend Borough Council
Over the past year our residential camps programme has expanded and we have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the Short Breaks team at Southend Borough Council, who have helped to fund this work. The aim of our camps is to give young disabled people often their first ever opportunity to spend a night away from home, and to help them develop life skills.
Shared Care Scotland
We were very excited to receive funding from Shared Care Scotland to hold our very first Life Skills Camp in Scotland last year. This fantastic funding allows us to provide residential breaks for young Scottish wheelchair users, giving them the taste of independent living they so want. The camp also provides much needed respite care for their parents and carers.