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The following information might be useful if you're looking to recommend a Wizzybug powered wheelchair to a family that you support...

What is the Wizzybug Loan Scheme?

The Wizzybug Loan Scheme provides FREE Wizzybug powered wheelchairs to children aged 14 months – 8 years across the UK.

They are provided by Designability for as long as they are needed (anywhere between 6 – 30 months) and are then returned to our workshop for refurbishment and re-loan to another family.

How do I know that a Wizzybug is suitable for a child I am supporting?

To find out if a Wizzybug powered wheelchair is the most appropriate form of mobility at this stage, please look at the User Requirements and Product Specifications.

How do I support a family to apply for a Wizzybug through the loan scheme?

We ask that each family completes a referral form which requires the support of their occupational therapist or physiotherapist since there are specific sections relating medical and postural aspects required for the child.

Once we have approved the referral, families can choose from three locations for an assessment and collection of Wizzybug:

  • Designability headquarters, Bath
  • William Merritt Centre, Leeds
  • Mae Murray Foundation, Larne, NI

Please note: We generally ask that children with more complex needs come to our Bath HQ where we have more facilities to make adjustments and adaptations as required.

How to return the referral form: Please email it to wizzybug@designability.org.uk or post to the address stated on the form.

Publications and research articles

Practice guidelines, evidence-based outcomes and systematic reviews can all add to a greater understanding of how children can benefit from EYPM and will provide you with evidence for your clinical decisions.

We have a number of pieces of research published which you may be interested to see.

Any questions?

Please get in touch with our Wizzybug occupational therapy team on:
Email: wizzybug@designability.org.uk
Tel: 01225 824103