Castles Farm Road, Newcastle
Set up in 1990, Whizz-Kidz is a national charity and now the leading provider of customised mobility equipment, wheelchairs, training and advice for disabled young people outside the NHS. We aim to give all disabled young people the chance to live a life of freedom at home, at school and at play – the independence to be themselves.
There are around 70,000 disabled young people in the UK. The NHS does not take into account social, educational or development needs when providing mobility equipment. As a result an enormous number of young people are held back needlessly from fulfilling full active lives by their mobility. This can lead to dependence on others and a learnt helplessness.
1. Wheelchair Skills Buddy
Responsible for buddying an attendee on the wheelchair skills training course
Supporting the children on the wheelchair skills training course to complete the required exercises
Providing encouragement throughout
Must have a ‘can do’ positive frame of mind.
2. Regional Representative
Responsible for raising funds and awareness within your community
Disseminating promotional materials such as posters and leaflets
Organising awareness raising and/or fundraising events in your local community
Undertaking sponsored events
Gaining media coverage for Whizz-Kidz work and messages
Recruiting others to contribute towards achieving the Whizz-Kidz goals.
3. Ambassadors Club Facilitator
Responsible for, facilitating the organisation of bi-monthly Ambassadors Clubs
Coordinating meeting agendas with London HQ
Planning events, inviting guests etc….
In addition volunteers are needed to record information about users of the service and for data entry. Take telephone calls and learn to address enquires, attend meetings and do administrative work such as filing, staff the centre – meeting and greeting visitors etc, help to staff events and volunteering on a Saturday club.
Administrative and/or marketing skills, disability awareness training and experience, child protection training, experience of working with disabled children and their families. Wheelchair training for the Saturday club is optional.