Whizz-Kidz are a charity for young wheelchair users working to transform the lives of disabled children from across the UK in supporting them to become independent young adults. Whizz-Kidz provide vital mobility equipment, support and life skills needed for these children to reach their full potential and look forward to a bright future.
As part of Barratt Developments work to support this important charity, they have teamed up with the ‘Kidz Board’, a group of 8 young people representing Whizz-Kidz across the country. Earlier this year members of the board visited their developments across the UK looking at the accessibility of communal areas, producing a list of recommendations for improving the accessibility of their sites.
The board produced a list of 10 simple steps to make housing developments’ communal areas more accessible and presented them at an event held in London on Friday 30 November, which was attended by Barratt Chief Executive David Thomas and Whizz-Kidz Chief Executive Ruth Owen. The suggestions encouraged them to think more carefully about how they can improve the accessibility of their developments and are a great starting point. They are now actively looking for a development where they can pilot the recommendations.
Following the success of work placements arranged with Whizz-Kidz in the past, they are looking to continue this by offering more time for their wheelchair users to work in some of their divisions.
Find out more here: https://www.barrattdevelopments.co.uk/