Sky Badger provides support for disabled children and children with life-limiting and/or life-threatening conditions and their families in the UK. It does this through its website which offers information on a range of services including links to disabled children’s charities, social services, education, local support groups, disabled sports clubs and sibling groups.
Information can be accessed through Sky Badger’s website and its social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Tumblr. The social media platforms enable Sky Badger to reach more families and professionals working with this group of children.
The True Colours Trust provided initial support to Sky Badger in 2012 to help further develop its website and to increase the number of links to other organisations. In July 2013, the Trustees approved further support for core costs over a three-year period. This has enabled Sky Badger to expand its work to provide a work experience programme for young disabled people, develop a volunteer programme, and create a school engagement programme. Sky Badger also operates an E-helpdesk which supports children with a wide range of needs including autism, cancer, epilepsy and cerebral palsy.
Responses through the E-helpdesk are tailored to each individual need. Examples of issues resolved through the E-helpdesk include:
- Finding accommodation for parents to stay near the hospital while their son was having urgent brain surgery.
- Finding funding for wheelchairs and trikes.
- Finding sensory equipment for specific conditions