The Agile Awards exist to recognise the greatest Agile achievements from the year, but they also serve the community through support of these outstanding charitable organisations. We are proud to partner with Stepping Stones DS and Whizz-Kidz to further their notable, charitable ventures.
Stepping Stones DS (www.steppingstonesds.co.uk) is a Down Syndrome support group set up in December 2006 by two Mums with daughters with Down syndrome of a similar age who found there was a lack of support in their local area. Based on the NE Hampshire/Surrey/Berkshire borders the group now supports over 120 children and their families, from babies to teenagers. The group is run entirely by parent volunteers and provides a wide range of activities giving both practical and emotional support, these include speech and language therapy, horse riding, dance and drama, ball skills, music and movement, coffee mornings, training for parents and professionals who work with the children, outreach into schools and social events for Mums, Dads, siblings and the family as a whole. It costs approximately £6000 per month to run all the activities and all money is raised through fundraising, grants and donations. The work of the group was recognised in 2012 when they were chosen to take part in the Paralympic Torch Relay.
Whizz-Kidz. Our mission is to transform the lives of disabled children by providing the equipment, support and life skills they need, when they need them.
Did you know that there are thousands of disabled children waiting for their childhoods to start, as they struggle to get a wheelchair that meets all their needs?
We believe that every young disabled person has the right to a fun and active childhood, and the chance to develop their full potential in life. We provide disabled children and young people with vital mobility equipment, and life journey services, giving them opportunities to build friendships and have fun, and training to help them gain skills and look forward to a bright future. Just like any other kid’s.
We want all disabled children's lives to be full of fun, friendship and freedom. For us, the wheelchair is just the start - we also run clubs, camps, wheelchair skills training and work placements to help develop confidence and independence.
We can only achieve our mission with the incredible support of our partners. Together we can truly transform the lives of these children, and give them the chance to develop their full potential. But we need your help.
What makes us special?
We are a national charity with a local presence. We support families in your community, fundraise in your community and campaign in your community
What we do is liberating – Whizz‐Kidz helps kids find the freedom to be kids.
Our unique, holistic, life journey approach fosters independence, confidence and aspiration amongst our young Ambassadors.
We are youthful in age and outlook and engage our young Ambassadors in all that we do through our unique user-led Kidz Board.
Our work benefits not only disabled children and young people, but also their families, the NHS, businesses and society as a whole.
Our innovative service models such as ‘Child in a Chair in a Day’ and our mobile app ensure that we reach as many children as possible in the most efficient and effective way
We can't do our great work with young disabled people without the help of people like you!
We're so grateful to every single person who supports us – whether they support us by donating, taking part in an event, getting their workplace involved, or anything else! And we know it's important for our supporters to see the difference that their support makes.
This list shows the cost of just some of the services that Whizz-Kidz provides:
- £27 funds one hour’s expert assessment by a Whizz-Kidz therapist, helping provide a disabled child with the powered wheelchair that meets their needs.
- £90 enables Whizz-Kidz to support a young disabled person for one day of their work placement.
- £228 could pay for a disabled child to attend two days of unique Wheelchair Skills Training..
- £3,500 provides a manual chair that fully meets a disabled child’s needs.
- £5,600 could provide a disabled child with a life changing powered chair.