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The Association of Wheelchair Children.

AWC – Small Charity; Big Heart!
AWC grew out of a voluntary activities club for young wheelchair users. Over 20 years later we still provide practical training for young wheelchair–users: training designed to enable independence and to help ensure the young people are able to reach their full potential. The charity’s successes include Ade Adepitan MBE, the TV and wheelchair basketball star, who is now a patron of AWC. Future 2012 Paralympic hopefuls Tom Brown and Dan Lucker have also benefited from our unique skills training.

Free manual & powered ‘Go Kids Go’ wheelchair courses
On our courses we teach skills such as back wheel balancing, road safety, route planning and emergency evacuation techniques. We also play games like wheelchair basketball.  We bring extra chairs so that parents and siblings can get involved and join in the games. For powered chair users manoeuvring skills and spatial awareness are learnt through specific challenges as well as games and wheelchair dance. Whilst the objectives are serious the courses are great fun! We often have a mixed range of abilities and find that everyone gains some new skills from the courses. Families often find our courses are a good opportunity to share experiences and receive practical advice.

Practical wheelchair skills workshops for professionals
(Wheelchairs provided)
AWC run courses for wheelchair services staff, Occupational therapists, Physiotherapists, teachers and support staff. AWC also run training in Universities for Physiotherapy & OT students.

Disability awareness courses in mainstream schools
(Wheelchairs provided)
AWC run training sessions for staff and non disabled pupils, giving them a greater insight into the challenges faced by young wheelchair users. Our aim is to raise awareness and promote a positive image of young wheelchair users. Our training fits into the national curriculum (PHSE/PE), we work with a range of year groups and adapt training sessions to suit each Key Stage.

AWC have been running a successful national program of wheelchair skills training for almost 20 years! Check our website for latest courses or ask us for a course in your area! Please pass on the details about AWC and spread the word about our life-changing courses!

“They have a way with all the children that is marvellous, it’s very difficult to put into words, you just know and feel that your child is not only having great fun and making new friendships that do endure, but that they are gaining priceless skills that they will need right through their lives. Get on a course as soon as you can, you could not do more for your child, and you will be eternally thankful to this inspiring organisation. ”
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For more information contact Roy or Sarah Wild on
01482 887163 or email roy.wild@wheelchairchildren.org.uk
Website: www.wheelchairchildren.org.uk

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Disabilities Fife
West Bridge Mill, Bridge Street,
Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1 1TE
Scottish Charity No: SC 026112