Volunteering as a Back Up trustee

"Back Up is an inspirational charity, with a strong and passionate Board. Being a trustee enables me to use my skills to the benefit of Back Up and its work and in return I too develop and learn, equipping me with new skills and experience."
Back Up Trustee

Back Up trustees come from all walks of life, and are united by their wish to enable people affected by spinal cord injury to realise their full potential.  The Board takes big decisions about Back Up’s future in line with the aims and objectives of the organisation and ensures its accountability and compliance as well as its legal obligations.  Most people are eligible to serve as trustees and we aim for half of our board to be people affected by spinal cord injury. The work of a Back Up trustee is rewarding and enjoyable, and an opportunity to make a difference while learning new skills.

What does it involve?

  • Quarterly board meetings (three held in London on weekday evenings; one Saturday meeting) plus one or two away days each year
  • Sub Committee meetings (four times each year, face to face or sometimes by telephone)
  • Prior to meetings – reading and absorbing information, reflecting, discussing by telephone.
  • Follow up to meetings – reading and commenting on minutes, carrying out any agreed actions
  • This would suit you if you are able to think strategically, creatively and for the long-term; have time and energy and a strong commitment to Back Up's aims and values; and excellent interpersonal skills.

Support and training 

  • Full induction will be provided to help you to understand and carry out the responsibilities of the role

  • This will be a combination of written information, discussions, meetings and events as well as other development opportunities

  • Support, guidance and feedback from the Chair, Chief Executive and other trustees

  • Agreed expenses can be covered


If you are interested in applying to be a trustee, at any time, please register your interest with Louise Wright, CEO, by email or phone on 020 8875 6725. Spaces come up periodically and your details will be kept on file, when you’ll be actively invited to apply as and when places become available.