Wheelchair skills training


Enabling you to lead a more independent life

Getting on the bus, going to the local shops or the pub, playing with your children or grandchildren in the park, or just safely carrying a cup of tea from the kitchen to your living room – that’s what wheelchair skills training is all about.

A typical session at a hospital will cover pushing technique, getting over obstacles, tackling kerbs and thresholds, back-wheel balancing and may also cover steps and transfers if time and equipment allows. The sessions are always tailored to the group and we run both manual and power chair training sessions. All our wheelchair skills trainers have a spinal cord injury and can draw from their own experiences to find the best way to teach you.

"The best thing was the support from the trainer - I didn't think I could do it, but I have done it!"
- Ann (C4 injury)

If you are interested in more intensive wheelchair skills training to further develop skills and confidence, then please have a look at our course details.

You can also find out more information about wheelchair skills by emailing the Outreach & Support Team or calling us on 020 8875 1805.

We are always looking for new people to help us deliver our training courses. Find out information on volunteering as a trainer.

“An excellent experience; really professional, very informative, practical and a great opportunity to develop insight and emotional adjustment – thank you so much."
- Joanne (Occupational Therapist)

Back Up wheelchair skills training is supported by the Big Lottery Fund. Our headline sponsors are Hollister and MW Solicitors. Origin Care support our power chair skills sessions and Bolt Burdon Kemp sponsor our training for under 18s.

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