Back Up awarded over £400,000 from Big Lottery Fund

Back Up has been awarded £404,884 from the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme. 

The grant will fund Back Up's Join the Dots Outreach and Support, a project that gives people with a spinal cord injury practical and emotional support to manage the difficult transition from hospital to home. 

As well as the Join the Dots community wheelchair skills training, the project includes outreach services, such as telephone support and skills for independence residential courses.

It can be daunting when you are new to a wheelchair to manage every day tasks such as getting up and dressed, managing personal care and getting around your home and local area. Back Up's services, which are led by staff and volunteers affected by spinal cord injury, enable people to improve their confidence and independence.

“Back Up is thrilled to receive support from the Big Lottery Fund for our work helping people affected by spinal cord injury to build a new life when they leave hospital,” Louise Wright, Back Up CEO said. 

The grant will help Back Up reach more than 500 people a year in England and provide valuable five year funding. “We are seeing more people return home without the confidence and support they need to live active, fulfilled lives in the community. The funding enables us to plan ahead so that we benefit as many of those who need our help as possible,” Louise Wright said.

The Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities programme aims to help communities and people most in need. The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing £650 million each year of all the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.