Designability - Whizzybug!
Our charity, Designability, based in Bath, helps makes lives easier for those who have physical disabilities. Our Wizzybug Loan Scheme is a FREE service which provides fun and innovative powered wheelchairs for children under the age of 5. The Wizzybug was designed to enable children to be independent and do typical toddler activities even if they have physical impairments. This FREE service allows families to Loan a Wizzybug for up to 6 months. As we have already helped 1,000 families we are wanting to get our charity seen and heard and provide families with the help that they might not have known that they needed.
Wizzybug is a fun, innovative powered wheelchair provided FREE of charge to young children in the UK by Designability a charity based in Bath.
Who is Wizzybug designed for?
Wizzybug is designed for physically disabled children. This includes children living with cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, spina bifida or muscular dystrophy, as well as children with amputations or other conditions that affect their ability to walk.
Wizzybug is intended for pre-school children of minimum age 14 months and a maximum weight of 20 kg.
How can Wizzybug be used?
Wizzybug is an electrically powered wheelchair for indoor and outdoor use, with adult supervision. Children use Wizzybugs at home and at pre-school, and in outdoor spaces such as parks, gardens and playgrounds.
Wizzybug can be used every day or just occasionally, but is not intended to be used all day, every day. Through the loan scheme a child can have a Wizzybug for as long as it is suitable for them (usually until they outgrow it) when it is returned to Designability to be refurbished ready for another child to enjoy.
How can I apply?
Families can apply for a Wizzybug direct via the application on the website here.
Appointments are held at our HQ in Bath, and at our partner’s clinics at William Merritt Centre, Leeds and Mae Murray Foundation, Northern Ireland.
Our clinics are open Monday – Friday 9-5pm.
They have disabled parking, disabled access and baby changing facilities. All our trained OTs have enhanced DBS clearance and our admin and support staff have basic DBS clearance.
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Families on low-income who may need support with the cost of attending their Wizzybug appointment can apply to our Access Fund for assistance
Who to contact
- Age range
- Early Years (0-4 years)
- Provision type
- Needs Supported
- Shortbreak type