Become a mentor

If you have a spinal cord injury, or are a family member of someone with a spinal cord injury, why not volunteer as a Back Up mentor?

What does mentoring with Back Up involve?

  • Providing up to ten sessions of telephone or face-to-face support
  • Enabling people to work through their challenges using personal experience, problem-solving techniques and goal setting
  • Having experience of spinal cord injury, being a good listener, compassionate, and non-judgmental

What support and training does a mentor receive?

  • Initial training weekend and bi-annual development day
  • Support, guidance and feedback from mentoring staff, clinical psychologists and experienced mentors
  • Development of skills and experience through Back Up’s accredited programme
  • Agreed expenses covered by Back Up.

For more information please read through our mentor role description, recruitment flowchart & FAQs below.

Group photo of volunteers at a training weekend

We need Back Up mentors of all ages, and from all parts of the UK. Please download the appropriate application form below and follow the instructions.

The next training weekend for family mentors, including partners, parents, siblings and children of people with a spinal cord injury is likely to take place in June 2018.

The next training weekend for people who have a spinal cord injury (complete, incomplete or able to walk) is likely to take place in October 2018. Both dates will be confirmed soon.

“Having benefited from Back Up, I wanted to give something back and help people come to terms with their new situation. The mentoring service was an obvious place to start and it is hugely satisfying, helping people when they need it most.”

Dave, 48, mentor with a spinal cord injury, T10 complete


If you have any questions about volunteering as a mentor, please email our Mentoring Manager, Polly, or give her a call on 020 8875 1805. To apply, you can download an application form below and return it by email.

Please note that there are separate application forms for mentors with a spinal cord injury and family mentors so make sure that you complete the correct form.

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