Become a spinal cord injury mentor or family mentor

Spinal cord injured mentor training weekend

Date: 10 – 12 May 2024
Location: Virtual
Application deadline: 10 April 2024

Family mentor training weekend

Date: 08 – 10 November 2024
Location: Virtual
Application deadline: 08 October 2024

Apply here


We’re looking for spinal cord injury mentors and family mentors to provide vital support for people affected by spinal cord injury.

A wheelchair user child and his father in a garden. Support Back Up's service users by becoming a Back Up Spinal Cord Injury Mentor

What does being a spinal cord injury mentor or family mentor with Back Up involve?

  • Providing telephone support of up to ten sessions
  • An opportunity to enable people affected by spinal cord injury to work through their challenges using personal experience, problem-solving techniques and goal setting
  • Having experience of spinal cord injury, being a good listener, having compassion and being non-judgemental

What support and training does a mentor receive?

  • Initial weekend of mentor training run by Back Up staff and clinical psychologists
  • Development days both in person and online
  • Support, guidance and feedback from mentoring staff, clinical psychologists and experienced mentors
  • Agreed expenses covered by Back Up
  • Membership of our Back Up volunteer base, which includes invitation to thank you events and more

For more information please read through our mentor role description and FAQs below.

“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, 40, partner mentor

A wheelchair user and his sister pose for a photo - discover how you can support Back Up as a spinal cord injury mentor or family mentor

Want to become a mentor?

Please fill out this application form and one of the team will shortly be in touch. If you need a paper form please do get in touch with us.

Alternatively you can fill in this form to register your interest if you’d like to learn more.

Apply online


If you have any questions, or want to find out more information, call the team on 020 8875 1805.

If you have a specific question for the mentoring team, you can email them on