Liverpool’s Wheelchair Service hosted a fun day event on Friday 5 July to celebrate the launch of its new ‘Children’s Wheelchair in a Day’ scheme.
Under the new scheme, young wheelchair users from across Liverpool will now be able to be assessed for, and provided with, a wheelchair to fit their specific clinical needs – all on the same day.
The fun day event, which took place at Liverpool Wheelchair Service’s Lifehouse Centre at Brunswick Dock, was attended by young wheelchair users from a number of schools, their teachers and parents.
The event offered them the chance to take part in creative arts activity sessions, singing sessions, and wheelchair-based sports such as wheelchair athletics, wheelchair basketball sessions run by Greenbank Sports Academy and the Vikings Wheelchair Basketball Club, and wheelchair football which was delivered with support from the LFC Foundation.
It also featured a ‘market stall’ area where the children and young people could find out more about the different health services, support organisations, and wheelchair friendly sports teams and interest groups available in their area.
Helen Lockett, Director of Operations and Executive Nurse for Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust said:”We are really excited to be officially celebrating the launch of our Children’s Wheelchair in a Day scheme. This is fantastic new initiative which will totally transform the way wheelchairs are provided to children and young people, by significantly reducing waiting times, and improving the quality of care and service we are able to provide to young wheelchair users throughout the region, and their families.”
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Gary Millar also attended the event to show his support for the scheme.
He said: “It was fantastic to be able to join with Liverpool Wheelchair Service and their young service users to officially celebrate the launch of the Children’s Wheelchair in a Day scheme today, which I think will make a real difference to disabled youngsters throughout Liverpool.
“It was an incredibly inspiring and action-packed day, and I think a great deal of fun was had by all.”
During the event, Liverpool Wheelchair Service also launched a creative competition inviting children from special schools across the city to design their new mascot or logo.
The winner will be announced at the Trust’s prestigious Annual General Meeting on 19 September at Aintree Racecourse.
Christine McGhee, Service Manager for Liverpool Wheelchair Service added: “At Liverpool Wheelchair Service, we aim to do much more than just assess and meet the clinical needs of our young wheelchair users. We also want to inspire them and help them believe that they achieve anything they want to, regardless of their disability or the obstacles in their path.”
“I also want to add my thanks to each of our event sponsors, Sunrise Medical, Invacare, Specialised Orthotic Services (SOS), RMS and Consolar for supporting this event and helping to make it such a success.”
The Liverpool Wheelchair Service is delivered by Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, and is based at Lifehouse Centre on Summers Road in Brunswick Business Park.