Go Kids Go
Go Kids Go is a national charity providing wheelchair training for young people aged 2-18, and typically delivers 120 training days each year which benefit around 500 wheelchair using children around the UK.
Typically when a child is given a wheelchair they are given very little support and training on how to use it. Go Kids Go offers games and sports that also show children how to (for example) tackle kerbs and slopes and backwheel balance – and above all how to manoeuvre the chair and have fun in it.
Many children taking part are physically disabled with conditions such as Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy and spinal injuries. They are often also faced with isolation, depression and anxiety, as well as bullying and exclusion from mainstream activities. Feedback has shown that these courses help increase independence and confidence, and lead to less dependence on support services in later life.
In 2013 a grant of £1,500 from the Mars in the Community Fund helped the charity to offer a free session for 40 young wheelchair users referred by the Paediatric Rehabilitation Service at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.