WAND Card is three

Published: Monday 26th October 15

The council’s WAND Card scheme, which helps the borough’s disabled children and their families get out and about, has celebrated its third birthday, and now has nearly a thousand members.

The WAND Card  held its anniversary party at Battersea Park Zoo, attended by card holders, their families and Parent Champions – volunteers who have been spreading the word about the card around the borough. 
The Zoo is the council’s oldest WAND partner and has given free entry to card holders and a parent or carer since the scheme started.

WAND cards mean disabled children and young people aged 0-19 can get concessions and extra support at venues around the borough. Youngsters on the DCR whose needs significantly impact on their ability to get around are eligible.

Wand card

Sometimes disabilities are not obvious, and the card can be used to help parents get extra support when they are out and about without having to explain their child’s disabilities every time.

It can also be shown to get concessions at some venues including Places for People Leisure centres, local libraries, Tooting Bec Lido, London Recumbent cycles in Battersea Park, Tara Arts, Disability Sports Coach, Putney School of Art and Design and Battersea Arts Centre

Other organisations offer extra help. Visitors to the town hall can be fast tracked if necessary, and you can get free parking in St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospitals. Southside Shopping Centre, Sainsbury’s in Putney and Asda in Clapham Junction provide extra support, and you can get exemption from late return charges at Wandsworth’s libraries.

Other businesses and services are signing up all the time, including surgeries, hairdressers, pharmacies, shops and cafes. See a full list

Children’s Services spokesman Cllr Kathy Tracey said:

“It’s wonderful that so many young people and their families are benefiting from the WAND card and that so many new businesses are signing up. It makes it easier for families to get out and about with a disabled child and make the most of what Wandsworth has to offer.”

To be eligible for a WAND Card, you will need to join the Disabled Children’s Register. This is completely free and will mean you will get up to date information about relevant services and will get a chance to help shape council services for disabled children and their families.

Local organisations, shops and services can also get in touch if they would like to offer discounts or other benefits to card holders.

Find out more about the card, and other help for young people with special educational needs and disabilities, at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/localoffer

Alternatively call the Family Information Service on (020) 8871 7899 or email fis@wandsworth.gov.uk.


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