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 3 courses running this summer for Under 18s.


There are two courses for children under 13 years old w both being held at the Calvert Trust Centre in Exmoor. There will be loads of activities including:

  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Wheelchair skills
  • Swimming and archery 

The course dates are:

Monday 24th – Friday 28th July 2017

Monday 7th – Friday 11th August 2017


There will be one course for the 13-17s this summer which will be held at the Calvert Trust Centre in Lake District. There will be loads of activities including:


  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Climbing and abseiling
  • Sailing
  • Hand cycling
  • A push up a local hill called Latrigg 

The course date is:

Monday 7th – Friday 11th August 2017



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. 


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