A problem shared is a problem halved

When you find yourself unsure of how to move forward or what to expect next in life, getting support from someone you can relate to can help you rediscover a sense of direction. Talking to someone with experience of life after spinal cord injury can help you overcome obstacles or achieve your goals.

Through our accredited mentoring service, we will link you up with a trained volunteer mentor who is a similar age and injury level to you or a family mentor whose relative has a similar injury. Our mentors come from all walks of life and we can often link you with a spinal cord injured peer or relative whose life experiences are relevant for you. Once we have matched you up with a mentor they will call you on the telephone to arrange how often you make contact and whether you speak regularly over the telephone, or if possible meet up. Most mentoring relationships take place over 10 contacts and can cover issues including the following:

  • Adjusting to life with spinal cord injury
  • Gaining confidence after an injury
  • Going back to education or work
  • Finding out about activities and sports
  • Being a parent with spinal cord injury
  • Starting a family


Do you have a spinal cord injury? For more details about our adult mentoring service, email Polly today or call  020 8875 1805

“This was the best support I have had since my accident in 1998. My mentor, Clare, really understood how I felt, the pain, the daily challenges, and how empowering it is to be able to focus on the future. I have a lot to work on, but I’m tackling every challenge positively now.”
(Rudo, age 46)

Are you a family member or friend of someone with a spinal injury?
For more details about our family mentoring service, email Polly today or call 020 8875 1805

“I talked to my mentor about the care my husband gets. She helped me to think outside the box and make some changes so that some of the care has been taken away from me. This has allowed me to take some time for myself and gives me a break. I am now much less stressed and have more energy. My husband has seen the difference in me too." (Jane, whose husband has a C4 spinal injury)

Interested in volunteering as a mentor?
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The Back Up mentoring service is accredited by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation and supported by The Big Lottery Fund and Serious Law LLP.

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