“Volunteering had a huge impact on my life because you can see others grow in time and become the strong, confident people they once were. They look at you and see their future, which will be a positive one and to help someone in that way is amazing”
Female spinal cord injured volunteer aged 20-29
In 2011/12 we carried out a survey to understand the impact of volunteering with Back Up on our volunteers. The survey was sent to 106 of our regular service delivery volunteers (mentors, course leaders and wheelchair skills trainers).
Volunteers reported significant increases in their skills and on themselves as a person. For those that were spinal cord injured, a number of them also cited an impact on how they continue to adjust and cope with their injury.
70 volunteers completed the survey; 80% of those were spinal cord injured.
The survey showed us that volunteering with Back Up has a significant impact on the volunteers
themselves as well as the people they work to support through mentoring, leading and training.
Read the volunteering impact research report.
We are sincerely grateful to all the volunteers who planned, led and participated in this research.
Back Up believes that it is people who experience spinal cord injury who are best placed to help others going through a similar experience. The organisation at every level is a partnership between people with and without spinal cord injury. We believe that the voice of the person affected by spinal cord injury should be at the heart of our decision-making and the way we develop and deliver our services. This is because it is their right to be heard, and because we would not be effective without that.