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Designability's Wizzybug Loan Scheme

Wizzybug is the fun and innovative powered wheelchair for children under five. We run a charitable loan scheme which provides Wizzybugs FREE to children who can benefit across mainland UK.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Rae Baines
Telephone
01225 824103
E-mail
wizzybug@designability.org.uk
Website
Designability's Wizzybug website
Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/DesignabilityUK
Twitter
https://twitter.com/DesignabilityUK

Where to go

Name
Designability's Wizzybug Loan Scheme
Address
Designability, Wolfson Centre, Department D1,
Royal United Hospital
Bath
Postcode
BA1 3NG
Accessibility
Accessible changing, Wheelchair access, Disabled parking

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Local Offer

Local Offer
What does your service do?

Wizzybug is a fun first experience of powered mobility for children aged 14 months to 5 years. As a registered charity, we fundraise to provide Wizzybug powered wheelchairs FREE to children that can benefit all over mainland UK. Families can have a Wizzybug for as long as the child can benefit (this is usually until they outgrow it) and when they have completed their loan, they return their Wizzybug and we refurbish it for another family.

Who does your service provide for?

The Wizzybug, designed in collaboration with therapists and families, can help children with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, spina bifida and muscular dystrophy, to learn to move independently. Even those as young as 14 months can operate Wizzybug’s simple controls, allowing them to zip around with their peers, developing spatial awareness, social interaction and independence. Wizzybug can be easily adjusted to meet a child’s individual postural needs and can be driven using a joystick or switches. It can be used indoors and outdoors in accessible areas such as level gardens, playgrounds and parks. It can also be dismantled to be transported in a small family car.

How can I start using the service?

OurTo start the process, please contact our Wizzybug Occupational Therapy team who will work with you and your referring therapist to determine if Wizzybug would be suitable for your child. If you are accepted onto the scheme, you will need to come to Bath to collect your Wizzybug. Parents are asked to pay a security deposit of £200.00, which is refunded when their Wizzybug is returned in an acceptable condition at the end of the loan period.

Where is it located and what areas does it cover?

We're based in Bath but the scheme is open to families all over mainland UK.

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

Our Wizzybug Occupational Therapy team will work with you and your referring therapist to determine if Wizzybug would be a suitable option for your child.

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making?

Our Wizzybug Occupational Therapy team will work with you and your referring therapist to determine if Wizzybug would be a suitable option for your child. We also provide support throughout the loan period, and keep in touch regularly with families.

Is your service fully accessible?

Yes

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEN and Disabilities had or are having?

Our state-registered, CRB-checked Occupational Therapist manages the scheme. We use the University of Bath's Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, due to our working partnership.

How will I know my child is safe?

Our state-registered, CRB-checked Occupational Therapist manages the scheme. We use the University of Bath's Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, due to our working partnership.

Who can I contact for further information?

Please contact our Wizzybug Occupational Therapy on 01225 824103 or ot@designability.org.uk to apply.

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