The Big Lottery Fund have been long-standing supporters of Whizz-Kidz. With their support we have been able to reach many thousands of disabled young people around the UK.
My skills, my friends, my future project
In 2013 we were awarded an amazing grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Bright New Futures programme. This three year grant will allow us to develop and grow our services throughout Wales for young disabled people aged up to 25.
We will expand our provision of Ambassador Clubs (youth groups) over the three years from Cardiff, Bangor and Swansea to Wrexham, Powys and Conwy. It will also mean that 18 young people a year will have the opportunity to go on work placements, which will help them to develop their employability, get experience of work, and will also help to raise awareness of disability issues amongst employers.
This grant will also fund five wheelchair skills training sessions across Wales each year, and a residential camp for young disabled people in Wales aged 14-25 in 2014 and 2015.
Whizz-Kidz was thrilled to receive three year support from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme to expand and develop our residential camps for disabled young people across England. This amazing funding means we can run more camps and expand into new regions of England to reach young people who haven’t been able to access this service before. We’re also increasing the number of camps per year, to make sure we can meet the demand. Funding from the Big Lottery Fund is enabling over 200 disabled teenagers to experience independent living, often for the very first time.
Kidz Unlimited project
We’re now in the final year of the incredible five year project funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Young People’s Fund. This project has been hugely successful and was voted through to the final three in the Best Charity Project category at the prestigious National Lottery Awards 2012.
Our project has seen the huge expansion of Ambassador Clubs which give young wheelchair users the opportunity to meet up, make friends, have fun and learn life skills. The project has also seen huge expansion to our work placements provision across England, supporting young disabled people to get practical experience and to gain skills and experience in a sector or industry that interests them.