Families of disabled youngsters can get a taste of life in a wheelchair as they join their children in a day filled with games, dance and skill building.
OnThursday, August 29, disabled children from across Cheshire will be able to take part in a special skills workshop which helped a paralympic basketball star gain the confidence to realise his dreams.
The free workshop, run by Go Kids Go, will see toddlers and teenagers join together to play wheelchair basketball and learn how to special manoeuvres such as ‘wheelies’, to allow them to go up and down curbs independently.
And it won’t just be the kids who get to have all the fun, as their parents, brothers and sisters will be able to take part in the games and find out what its like to be in a wheelchair, by joining in with a wheelchair dance.
During the workshop, which runs just once a year in the city, the youngsters will learn some of the skills that helped inspire Paralympian and TV presenter Ade Adeptian, who was one of the first young wheelchair users to attend one of the workshops, and is now the charity’s patron.
Roy Wild, who has been running the charity workshops for the past 10 years, described how the sessions aimed to give disabled youngsters the skills and confidence to live more independent lives.
“It is a really fun day, a lot of what we teach is done through games,” said Roy, who said children as young as two had taken part in previous workshops.
“Everything on the day is designed to make them more independent. We have around 15-20 extra wheelchairs so their parents, brothers and sisters can join in. It is quite a strange experience, at first you feel like you’re going to fall over, but once they have felt that themselves it can really help them understand the obstacles wheelchair-users face on a daily basis.”
Go Kids Go runs from 9.30am-3pm on Thursday, August 29 at Blacon High School. The workshop is open to all young wheelchair users from Cheshire. Anyone wishing to attend should call Roy on 01482 887163.