Wacky Wednesdays: Back Up gets busy in the kitchen

Children with spinal cord injury gain confidence and independence through Back Up

Last Wednesday Back Up ran an event at Stoke Mandeville spinal centre for inpatients on the paediatric ward. One of our strategic aims is to reach more people with spinal cord injury, and as St. Francis is the only ward in the UK specifically for under 18's with an SCI we think it's vital that we get in there and let everyone know what we are all about.  

We had two volunteers, plus Stuart (one of our outreach and support coordinators) go along to support the teens on the ward to cook themselves a curry

"The visit to St. Francis was really good once. We chatted with  two of the patients who were in bed and helped out the kids who were up and about in the kitchen. The two tetras did some cooking and were shown techniques which helped them chop things more easily. They definitely enjoyed eating the curry, though maybe not so much the clearing up!" Outreach and awareness volunteer

The aim of the event is to spread the word about Back Up services to children, young people, parents and staff. We will be holding them monthly and will be getting ideas about what we should do from the the patients on St. Francis ward - democracy and participation in action!

The week has been established to celebrate all things trustee-related, highlighting the great work that trustees do, and to draw attention to the opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a real difference.
There are just over 180,000 charities in England and Wales registered with the Charity Commission, and perhaps another 80,000 that do not have to register, (usually because they are too small). These charities are all different, but one thing they have in common is their reliance on trustees.
Amazingly, there are estimated to be over 1,000,000 trustee positions in England and Wales and almost half of all charities is thought to have at least one vacancy for their board at any given time. 
Back Up too wouldn’t be able to survive without it’s dedicated trustee board, which brings together people from all round the country, with different skills, some with a spinal cord injury and some not.

Stephen Lightbown, is one of our current trustees. He joined Back Up in 2011 and brings experience in  the health service and PR and Communications from his ‘day job’, working within NHS. A staunch advocate of improving the rights and lives of people who have been spinally injured, Stephen is incredibly proud to be a part of Back Up. Stephen was himself spinally injured in 1996 following a sledging accident near his home town of Blackburn, Lancashire. 

In the coming few months, Back Up will be looking to expand it’s trustee board and will be looking for candidates who are able to think strategically, creatively and for the long-term, as well as having a strong commitment, of course, to the charity’s aims and values. Applications from anyone from a spinal cord injury rehabilitation background would also be particularly welcomed. 
Did you know that this week is National Trustees Week?
The week has been established to celebrate all things trustee-related, highlighting the great work that trustees do, and to draw attention to the opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a real difference.
There are just over 180,000 charities in England and Wales registered with the Charity Commission, and perhaps another 80,000 that do not have to register, (usually because they are too small). These charities are all different, but one thing they have in common is their reliance on trustees.
Amazingly, there are estimated to be over 1,000,000 trustee positions in England and Wales and almost half of all charities is thought to have at least one vacancy for their board at any given time. 
Back Up too wouldn’t be able to survive without it’s dedicated trustee board, which brings together people from all round the country, with different skills, some with a spinal cord injury and some not.

Stephen Lightbown, is one of our current trustees. He joined Back Up in 2011 and brings experience in  the health service and PR and Communications from his ‘day job’, working within NHS. A staunch advocate of improving the rights and lives of people who have been spinally injured, Stephen is incredibly proud to be a part of Back Up. Stephen was himself spinally injured in 1996 following a sledging accident near his home town of Blackburn, Lancashire. 

In the coming few months, Back Up will be looking to expand it’s trustee board and will be looking for candidates who are able to think strategically, creatively and for the long-term, as well as having a strong commitment, of course, to the charity’s aims and values. Applications from anyone from a spinal cord injury rehabilitation background would also be particularly welcomed. 
Did you know that this week is National Trustees Week?
The week has been established to celebrate all things trustee-related, highlighting the great work that trustees do, and to draw attention to the opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a real difference.
There are just over 180,000 charities in England and Wales registered with the Charity Commission, and perhaps another 80,000 that do not have to register, (usually because they are too small). These charities are all different, but one thing they have in common is their reliance on trustees.
Amazingly, there are estimated to be over 1,000,000 trustee positions in England and Wales and almost half of all charities is thought to have at least one vacancy for their board at any given time. 
Back Up too wouldn’t be able to survive without it’s dedicated trustee board, which brings together people from all round the country, with different skills, some with a spinal cord injury and some not.

Stephen Lightbown, is one of our current trustees. He joined Back Up in 2011 and brings experience in  the health service and PR and Communications from his ‘day job’, working within NHS. A staunch advocate of improving the rights and lives of people who have been spinally injured, Stephen is incredibly proud to be a part of Back Up. Stephen was himself spinally injured in 1996 following a sledging accident near his home town of Blackburn, Lancashire.