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.
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.
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Wizzybug Loan Scheme Team
- Contact Position
- Wizzybug Loan Scheme Administrator
- 01225 824103
Best Start Bedford offer is a free service provided by Bedford Borough Council.
The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that are available to parents and children inclusive of those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service/Provider and neither does Bedford Borough Council or its partners make any representations as to the accuracy of the information.
Please contact the service provider directly for updates and accuracy of information.
Anyone working with children should have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service, (DBS) safeguarding policies and insurances in place, which they should make available to you on request.
Where to go
- Royal United Hospital
Wolfson Centre, Department D1
- BA1 3NG
- Get directions
Our purpose built clinic is fully accessible with disabled parking immediately outside. We have a baby-change facility as well as accessible toilets on the ground floor.
Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- Our clinic is open Monday - Friday 9-5pm
- Time of day
- Session Information
Our offices are open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type Free
- Wizzybugs are loaned to families for free for as long as they are suitable for the child (usually until they have outgrown the Wizzybug) when they are returned to us to refurbish ready for another family.
- Referral required
- Referral Details
Families can self refer to the scheme, by completing the application here.
- Other notes
Wizzybug is suitable for children from 14 months to approx age 5 and is available to families all over the UK and Northern Ireland.
- All our OTs are fully qualified and all our staff have full DBS clearance
- Related links
- Age Bands
- 0-4 years old