Bugzi is a powered wheelchair for children up to about 6 years old and is now available free of charge to children, their families and schools across North Wales.
Bugzi is primarily an indoor wheelchair and can be used in your home, garden, school playground, local park or shopping centre etc. to support learning and enhanced independence, social integration and participation in age-appropriate activities.
As Bugzi is easily transported in a vehicle it can be used in a variety of places enabling children to move about their environment, providing valuable experiences for cognitive and social development.
The North Wales Mobility & Driving Assessment Service (Charity 1056588) are proud to be working in partnership with MERU (Charity 251051) to offer no cost assessment and free provision of Bugzi across North Wales.
Who can use a Bugzi?
Bugzi is suitable for children up to 25kgs or with a maximum lower leg measurement (back of knee to heal) of 33cm.
Bugzi is intuitive to use through joystick or control switches, and the needs of each individual will be assessed by our Occupational Therapist before supply of Bugzi, along with training and on-going support, meaning that Bugzi can be successfully accessed by those children with complex needs.
Bugzi also uses the ActiveDesign mini CAPS seating system which provides multiple levels of postural support.
Online Application forms can be completed by a parent/guardian or child’s professional and are available at: www.merushop.org/online-bugzi-application/ or call the North Wales Mobility & Driving Assessment Service for more information – Tel: 01745 584858 - www.wmdas.co.uk
Usually, a £100 deposit is requested during the loan period and this money is fully refunded at the end of the Loan scheme when Bugzi has been retuned. If you are unable to pay the deposit please contact us as we are committed to our loan scheme being equally accessible to all families, regardless of financial or home situations.
Once you have successfully completed an assessment with our Occupational Therapist, you will be able to take your own Bugzi home with you and can keep your Bugzi for as long as you need during your development years….………….and if someone else likes the look of Bugzi, tell them how wonderful Bugzi is, so they can apply themselves!