Organisation Details

Organisation

Name
Designability's FREE Wizzybug Loan Scheme

Venue Address

Address 1
Designability, Wolfson Centre, Department D1
Address 2
Royal United Hospital
Town
Bath
County
Bath & NE Somerset
Postcode
BA1 3NG

More About The Organisation

Organisation Description

About the Organisation

We're a national charity designing and developing products to help people with disabilities and health problems. We designed and manufacture our powered wheelchairs for under 5s, called Wizzybugs and we fundraise to provide them FREE to children that can benefit all over mainland UK.

Opening Times
MondayFrom 9:00To 17:00
TuesdayFrom 9:00To 17:00
WednesdayFrom 9:00To 17:00
ThursdayFrom 9:00To 17:00
FridayFrom 9:00To 17:00
SaturdayCLOSED
SundayCLOSED
How do people access your service?
They need a referral They make an appointment

Organisation Details

Costs

- FREE
- 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.
- Parents are asked to pay a security deposit which is refunded when their Wizzybug is returned in an acceptable condition at the end of the loan period.

Type Of Service
Health
Age of Users
From 1 To 5
Who can use your service?

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 all over mainland UK. Contact our Wizzybug Occupational Therapy team on 01225 824103 to apply or find out more from our website: www.designability.org.uk/product/wizzybug/

Inclusive Services

Additional and Special Educational Needs

How do you aim to meet the unique needs of the child?

We want as many children as possible to benefit from this free scheme.
It is well researched that at this young age, self-produced mobility impacts on all aspects of development. 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 18 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.

- 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.
- To start the process, please contact our Occupational Therapist, Rae Baines, who will work with you and your referring therapist to determine if Wizzybug would be suitable for your child.
- 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.
- If you are accepted onto the scheme, you will need to come to Bath to collect your Wizzybug.

- As a registered charity, we fundraise to provide Wizzybug powered wheelchairs FREE through our scheme.
- Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we've helped 182 families so far.

Our users say:

"It has opened up her world as she is now able to be mobile at home, in nursery and anywhere that we go, it gives her the legs that other children take for granted."

How do you promote positive relationships and ensure good, ongoing communication with families?

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.

Conditions
Physical Disability

Accessibility

Physical Environment Accessibility

Is there accessible parking on site?
Yes
Is there a pedestrian route?
N/A
Are doors 900mm or more wide, with flat thresholds?
Yes
Do you have external ramps?
N/A
Do you have a lobby / porch area?
N/A
Are there interior automatic doors?
No
Are there wide unobstructed corridors (minimum 1200mm)?
Yes
Do you have a lift for wheelchair users?
N/A
Do you have internal ramps?
N/A
Do you have internal steps?
N/A
Do you have a visual / flashing fire alarm?
Yes
Do you have accessible toilets?
Yes
Do you have an accessible changing room with a changing bed and a hoist?
No
Do you have an induction loop and / or radio mikes?
N/A
Do you have a quiet room or a quiet area?
N/A
Do you have an outdoors play area?
N/A
Are the outdoor areas well lit (for evening activities)?
N/A
Do you have a soft play area?
N/A
Do you have a sensory room or area?
N/A
How many children or young people usually come along to the activity / group?
1-9

Training & Policies

Please indicate the ratio of staff / volunteers who have knowledge and experience of:

Child Protection (Safeguarding)
At least 50%
Behaviour Management
None
Administration of medicines
None
Inclusion/Equal Opportunities
All
Risk Assessment
All
Manual Handling
All
British Sign Language
None
Makaton
None
Enabling verbal and non verbal communication
None
Inclusive Play
Majority

Does your organisation have policies and procedures for:

Child Protection (Safeguarding)
Yes
Behaviour Management
N/A
Complaints
Yes
Intimate Care
N/A
Continence
N/A
Incident/Accident logs
Yes
Registration for sessions
N/A

This organisation was last updated on Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017 12:08 PM - if you think this information is out of date or inaccurate then please let us know

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