Our mentoring service provides support to people with a spinal cord injury by matching them with a peer mentor who has 'been there'. All of our mentors are volunteers who have been trained to use their experience of adjustment to life with a spinal cord injury to help others. We have mentors of both genders and of various ages and injury levels living across the United Kingdom. Where possible we aim to match people with a mentor who has a similar injury level as well as sharing similar life experiences and interests. Mentoring can take place over the telephone or by meeting up in a public place (please note that mentors are not permitted to meet you at your home address).
"The mentoring process has been very positive, hearing about my mentors life and what can be achieved has helped. Having someone understanding and sensitive to my situation has been good".
(Woman aged 44 with tetraplegia)
"Mentoring has helped me to adjust to being in the community. Support from my mentor has helped me to cope with the difficulties I've experienced since my accident. I'm now positive about the future and opportunities available".
(Man aged 65 with paraplegia).
Find out more
If you would like to find out about how to get support from one of our mentors please email
Polly or call 020 8875 1805
Please click here
if you would be interested in volunteering as a mentor.
The Back Up mentoring service is accredited by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation and supported by The Big Lottery Fund and Serious Injury Law.