Back Up is a national charity that inspires people affected by spinal cord injury to get the most out of life. We offer wheelchair skills training, an accredited mentoring service, proactive telephone support, life skills and activity courses, and support returning to work or education.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1072216)
Every four hours, someone in the UK will sustain a spinal cord injury, causing paralysis. It could be as the result of a car accident, a sports injury, or as simple as a fall. Spinal cord injury can affect anyone at any time and changes your life in an instant. The impact on you and your family can seem catastrophic, affecting every area of your life from your bladder, bowel and sexual function to your career and relationships. Adjusting can be overwhelming. People often feel isolated and alone.
Our services are designed and delivered by people affected by spinal cord injury. We offer wheelchair skills training, an accredited mentoring service, telephone support, life skills and activity courses, and support returning to work or education. We offer support to family members, and we’re the only UK charity with dedicated services for children and young people with a spinal cord injury. Our services give people the skills, confidence and independence to get back to living life to the full.
I really feel that what Back Up does isn’t extra, but essential. The support, information, and education that Back Up offers makes all the difference following what will most likely be the most traumatic life event that an individual experiences.
Back Up helped me get into school and access the school in ways that I could before (my injury) – get around in my wheelchair, go to the toilet! Being in school now, it’s made me feel more confident and less worried that school know how to help me – both in and out of my wheelchair.
Back Up volunteers demonstrated various techniques for overcoming day to day obstacles such as kerbs. They showed that using a wheelchair was not a barrier to living a full life, which was important to understand, having just sustained my injury.
My phone mentoring experience was absolutely foundational in dealing with my practical and psychological issues when I returned back to ‘the real world’. The bigger thing for me was about getting out there and learning how to have fun again. How to be brave and bold after spinal cord injury.
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