Back Up receives £20,000 to support young people with spinal cord injury

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has awarded Back Up with a grant of £20,000 towards its schools inclusion service.

Since 1981, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has donated over £56 million to nationwide charitable projects and services. The grants to charities support important work in medical research, support for vulnerable people, youth opportunities, hospice services, air ambulance services and disaster relief.

Back Up's schools inclusion service provides support to children with spinal cord injury (SCI), their families and teachers to make the transition to school easier. 

The nature of the support is tailored to the needs of the people involved. Sometimes it includes intensive support including visits to schools and sometimes it's simply providing support and advice by telephone, email or through an online toolkit.

A team of trained volunteer school advocates works with Back Up staff to facilitate open conversations with school staff and pupils to raise awareness and ensure the young person's needs are understood. 

The grant from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity helps fund Back Up’s Schools Inclusion Coordinator. “Without this role Back Up wouldn’t be able to have such a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of children affected by SCI,” Louise Wright, Back Up’s CEO, said.

Ella, Back Up’s Schools Inclusion Coordinator, advocates for the rights of children with SCI and has a vital role on making sure young people stay in touch with their friends before they return to school.

She also helps their classmates understand what SCI is, delivers training to a network of volunteer school advocates and ensures Back Up’s inclusive education toolkit is an up-to-date and helpful tool for education professionals.

“At Back Up, we believe that every child has the right to be included in every aspect of school after a devastating injury,” Louise Wright, Back Up’s CEO, said. “This grant guarantees that we will keep on delivering this vital service to children across the UK.”