Activity weeks for children and young people

children and young people courses

On a Back Up course you can meet other young people, both with and without spinal cord injury, and try lots of different activities, in an enjoyable, safe, fun and supportive environment.  

We have 2 courses running next summer.

The course for children under 13 years old includes activities like canoeing, climbing and abseiling, wheelchair skills, swimming and archery.  It will be held at the Calvert Trust Centre in Exmoor from Monday 25th - Friday 29th July 2016. 

The Youth City Skills course for 13-17 year olds will be a city skills based course in Bristol from Friday 5th - Monday 8th August 2016.  Activities may include things like using public transport, treasure hunts around the city and visiting a museum or 
theater show. For the first time on the 13-17 course each young person can bring either a sibling or a friend in the same age bracket, as suggested by our own youth advisors!

Here is what young people who have been on our courses have to say:

I will take away from the weekend to be more confident in what I'm doing and to not give up.  I enjoyed being more independent.

I’m more active now I’m home and I get out of my chair more often.  My wheelchair skills are better I can go over kerbs now.

I learnt how to go down stairs in my wheelchair

Here is what parents have to say about the experience:

I'll give him more independence and make him do more transfers himself.  

At the beginning we don’t know each other at the end were like one big family!  

We had such a lovely time I can't even express how great it was.  We are 100% keen for the course next year so if you could put me on the list for a reminder that would be great.

If you would like a place on a course please fill out our online application form 
and Merryn will get back to you. Do contact Merryn or call her on 020 8875 1805 if you have any questions.  We can post out a paper copy of the application form. 

The Vintners' Company has generously supported our Under 13s course in 2015.


We are extremely grateful to all of the generous Trusts, Foundations, companies and individuals who support our courses for young people.