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WIzzybug - FREE Wizzybug powered mobility for the under 5s

Wizzybug is a fun, innovative powered wheelchair provided FREE of charge to young children in the UK by Designability a charity based in Bath.

Wizzybug is a powered wheelchair suitable for young children aged from 14 months with a maximum user weight limit of 20kg.

  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, including “off-road”
  • Easily adjusted without tools as your child grows
  • Can be controlled by a joystick or switches, or by a carer control
  • Can be taken apart for one person and can be transported in even a small  car

Who to contact

Contact Name
Wizzybug Loan Scheme Team
Contact Position
Wizzybug Loan Scheme Administrator
Telephone
E-mail
wizzybug@designability.org.uk
Website
Wizzybug loan scheme website
Notes

Who is Wizzybug designed for?

Wizzybug is designed for physically disabled children. This includes children living with cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, spina bifida or muscular dystrophy, as well as children with amputations or other conditions that affect their ability to walk.

Wizzybug is intended for pre-school children of minimum age 14 months and a maximum weight of 20 kg.

How can Wizzybug be used?

Wizzybug is an electrically powered wheelchair for indoor and outdoor use, with adult supervision.  Children use Wizzybugs at home and at pre-school, and in outdoor spaces such as parks, gardens and playgrounds.

Wizzybug can be used every day or just occasionally, but is not intended to be used all day, every day.  Through the loan scheme a child can have a Wizzybug for as long as it is suitable for them (usually until they outgrow it) when it is returned to Designability to be refurbished ready for another child to enjoy.

How can I apply?

Families can apply for a Wizzybug direct via the application on the website here

Alternatively, please email wizzybug@designability.org.uk

Families on low-income who may need support with the cost of attending their Wizzybug appointment at our clinic in Bath can apply to our Access Fund for assistance.

Where to go

Name
Designability
Address
Wolfson Centre, Department D1
Royal United Hospital,
Bath
Avon
Postcode
BA1 3NG
Notes

Our clinic is fully accessible with disabled parking immediately outside.  We also have baby changing and accessible toilets.

Get directions to BA1 3NG

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Free
Details
Wizzybugs are provided completely free. All we ask is that it is returned to us at the end of the loan so that it can be refurbished and sent out to another family to enjoy.

Availability

Referral required
No
Referral Details

Families can self-refer by completing the application on our website here.

Other notes

Wizzybug is suitable for children from 14 months until approx 5years old living with a range of conditions that affect mobility.

We are based in Bath, but can also provide Wizzybug appointments at our partner centres in Leeds and Larne, Northern Ireland.