This week marks national Volunteers Week. At Back Up we rely on over 300 volunteers nationwide to help deliver our services to people with spinal cord injuries and their families. Here is how just one of those people got involved with the charity:
Jacques sustained an incomplete L1 injury 18 years ago and got involved with Back Up in 2007 through one of our courses.
“The experience was just so different to what I expected. It was great to meet people who embraced living... I was bowled over by the positive attitude that everyone had on the course. After the course I volunteered to become a wheelchair skills trainer. Back Up trained me up for this and I delivered my first training session at Stoke Mandeville spinal unit."
Jacques then went on to become a volunteer mentor and group leader with us.
“All the roles are great in their own way. Wheelchair skills are probably the most rewarding for me. You can see how just a few hours can make such a difference in someone’s life. Volunteering for Back Up is an immensely rewarding experience. You get to meet new people regularly. I still learn so much from all the people I meet."
And Jacques probably has more than most to thank Back Up for - in 2009 he met his wife-to-be, Lina at one our fundraising events!
If you would like to find out more about volunteering for Back Up, visit our Volunteering pages or call us on 020 8875 1805.