We recognise that spinal cord injury affects the whole family. Our family mentors all have experience of spinal cord injury and are here to support you with anything that you want to talk about. Whatever your age, and whichever member of your family has a spinal cord injury, we can help.
We have trained volunteer mentors who are parents, partners, siblings and children of people with a spinal cord injury, and we will match you with someone who can best meet your needs. Whether you want to discuss emotions, care, travel, housing adaptions, guilt, parenting, relationships, or anything else related to your loved one having a spinal cord injury, we’ll pair you up with someone who can genuinely understand, someone who has “been there” and who can help you to work out the best way to move forward.
"The positive effects of mentoring for me have now also had an impact on my husband Colin as he has agreed to get support for himself from a Back Up mentor and has also signed up to do a multi-activity course. I feel much happier now, my mentor has helped me to gain a sense of perspective and understand what we still have as a family. I also do more things for myself and don't feel guilty about spending time on my own" (Ulviyya partner of Colin)
“Just speaking to a fellow parent who has had to look after their spinally injured child, chatting just for a few hours, you can learn vast amounts of tips and knowledge that you were totally unaware of."
(Parent of a child with SCI)
Find out more
If you are interested in being mentored or would like more information please email
Polly or call 020 8875 1805.
to find out about 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.