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!